Gluten Free Orange Cake


I was looking at some of my favorite blogs for recipes and inspiration yesterday, when I saw Orange Cake at Elanas Pantry. It was news to me, as Elana mentioned, that Starbucks has released a gluten-free orange cake. I go to my local coffee shop nine times out of ten, where they always have a good selection of gluten-free/dairy-free cakes and cookies, and when I do go to Starbucks I use the drive-though, which explains how I was out of the loop, but I digress.

SpunkyCoconutOrangeCakeI wrote down Elana’s Orange Cake ingredients, and while we were out I swung by a Whole Foods to grab them. When this Whole Foods was still a Wild Oats grocery store, I bought almond meal flour there all the time, but now… it’s gone. This is the second time I’ve lost a gluten-free product which Wild Oats carried, that Whole Foods doesn’t. The last product I actually went ahead and requested, with those little pieces of brown paper which they display near the check-out. You know, the ones they hang up on a small board, with a note written below your own that says, sorry, but no.
I was disappointed, but I didn’t feel like driving to Vitamin Cottage, where I should have gone in the first place. So I went home, and decided to make up my own version of an orange cake, using my own blend of gluten-free flours. I made one last night, but it needed a little tweaking, so I made another one this morning and I am very happy with the way it came out. It turns out that mine is not really a cake at all. It’s an orange pie, and it’s super yummy. I’m so excited about it that I’m going to take it to a pot luck this weekend. Cheers, Kelly

Gluten-free Orange Cake

Boil 2 whole oranges (peel and all) for about 80 minutes.
Remove. Rinse in a bowl of fresh piping hot water for one minute.
Add the whole cooked oranges (peel and all) to your food processor, after putting in the blade.
Cut each orange in half, inside the food processor (they will be very soft).

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp liquid stevia
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
While pureeing, drop in 4 eggs.

Now for some reason my spring form pan drips oil onto the bottom of my oven (yes, even when it’s properly assembled). So what I do is use a large piece of unbleached parchment paper, untrimmed, so that it comes right up the walls of the pan, and I pour the batter over. As you can see this creates a bit of a scalloped edge, that I think is pretty. If, however, you have a pan that doesn’t leak like mine, you wont need this step =)

Bake at 350 degrees for about 34 minutes.
Let cool fully before dusting with ground xylitol (I use a mortar and pestle to grind mine).
It will take forever to cool, so if you are impatient (I am impatient, and it was driving me crazy :-)), you can skip dusting it and eat it hot.

*As always, be very careful that your pets don’t eat any xylitol

P.S. If you like this ornage cake, then check out my new orange pie!

Update: I have made this several times now, and I should mention that the size of the fruit really changes the texture and consistency. The first two were made with large organic oranges (I think it’s especially important that they are organic, since we are eating the peel). The large oranges produce a pie-like dessert (can I call it dessert if I eat it for breakfast -Ha!). The last one I made for a pot luck last weekend used two much smaller organic oranges, and it came out more like cake. They were equally good, I just thought I’d pass that on. Today I’m making it with 2 lemons for a lemon cake to take to another pot luck tomorrow -yay!



  1. says

    Look at those cuties enjoying the cake! What a beautiful family you have. :) I’ve made a recipe recipe and it was delicious. Yours looks so pretty topped with the powdered sweetener! Lovely.

  2. says

    Thanks -M!

    Thanks Shirley! I’m still planning on making Elana’s when I get some almond meal flour.

    Thanks Lauren! Did you make Elana’s cake or mine? I used my own flours and sweeteners because I couldn’t get almond meal that day :-) Also, Abi, the oldest, is actually our neighbor, but she’s like family :-)

  3. says

    Thanks Alisa!

    Thanks Daisy! I didn’t like the lemon as well, but the kids at the pot luck were coming back for seconds, and the whole thing was eaten, so I guess it was pretty good :-) Thanks for letting me know they have it at Sunflower!

  4. says

    Just FYI – I tried it with one grapefruit and one orange and the grapefruit overpowered everything. I think I need to leave out the peel for that one since the bitter taste is so strong! Or just forget about the grapefruit altogether? (I have so many of these I need to do something with them!).

  5. says

    Wait a minute! Wild Oats? Vitamin Cottage? You’re not in Santa Fe, are you? I’m sure they have those in other places, but I was equally bummed with the loss of Wild Oats; I used to go their with my mom and I loved their selection. Anyways, I adore your site and your ethos!

  6. says

    Wait a minute! Wild Oats, Vitamine Cottage… are you in Santa Fe?? I’m sure they have those in other places, but I too was bummed with the loss of Wild Oats; I used to go there with my mom when I was a child and I have always loved their selection.
    Anyhow, I love your blog and you ethos!

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