A Gluten-free Cake for my Cuz :-)

15 May

When my lovely  cousin comes to visit my attention turns to flourless cakes as she is unable to eat gluten. Having previously made a gluten free lemon cake (using polenta) I was more than happy to find this recipe for an almond and orange cake. Citrus flavours are just so yum! This is not my own recipe – it comes from a rather wonderful book called “Polpo” which features recipes from Venice.



2 large oranges
100 g brown sugar
400 g caster sugar
6 medium free range eggs
250 g ground almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
zest and juice of one orange


Preheat the oven t 180 C and grease and line a large round springform tin.

  1. Plcae the two oranges, unpeeled, in a large pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for two hours then remove the oranges and leave to cool. Reserve the liquid. (I did this the evening before I made the cake)
  2. Place the brown sugar and 200 g of the caster sugar in a food processor and break in the eggs. Whizz until creamy and fluffy.
  3. Cut the cooled ranges into rough chunks, remove the pips but not the skin, then add them to the food processor and continue to whizz until smooth.
  4. Add the ground almonds and the baking powder and whizz to combine.
  5. Pour the smooth mixture into the prepared ti and bake for 1 – 11/2 hours until golden and risen, Test with a skewer in the centre of the cake to see if it is done.
  6. While the cake cools, mix the remaining 200 g of caster sugar with the juice and rind on the third orange and pour over the cake.

A delicious cake with coffee, enjoyed by one and all! Cin cin Cuz!



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