Flourless Orange Cake w’ Orange Caramel Glaze

Flourless Orange Cake w’ Orange Caramel Glaze


  • 2 oranges, well scrubbed as you are using the whole orange (tops sliced off and scored with a cross a few centimetres deep)
  • 6 free range eggs
  • 200g raw caster sugar
  • 250g almonds or almond meal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds (but I actually used linseeds)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural orange essence
  • 1 teaspoon butter


For the CAKE
Step 1
Bring a pot of water to the boil and gently add oranges (along with a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you fancy, as I did!)
Step 2
Turn down to a simmer and leave to bubble away for 45 minutes.
Step 3
Turn off stove top, transfer oranges to a plate to cool and turn oven to 180C.
Step 4
Grind almonds if you like to make your own meal, as I do.
Step 5
Otherwise, proceed straight to whipping the sugar and eggs until increased in volume, light and fluffy.
Step 6
Add the almond meal and baking powder and mix until combined.
Step 7
If you ground your own almonds, give the blender a rinse now.
Step 8
Use the blender to pulse the oranges into a smooth and even consistency.
Step 9
Fold the orange puree and seeds through the egg and almond mixture.
Step 10
Pour into a greased and lined cake tin, you'll need a large and quite deep tin (not a wee small one like I used which had me frantically greasing, lining and pouring into a second tin!)
Step 11
Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean, you may need up to 50 minutes.
For the GLAZE
Step 12
In a small sauce pan gently heat 1/4 cup of milk.
Step 13
Add icing sugar and stir vigorously and continuously until smooth, turn heat way down low.
Step 14
Add orange essence and stir through.
Step 15
Continue to leave the glaze to bubble and when thickened somewhat, add the butter, stir well to combine and turn off heat.
Step 16
Pour all over the cake in no particularly neat or orderly fashion. This is rustic home baking shit we're up to mmmmkay?
Step 17
Hack of a big ass slice and serve with a dollop of yoghurt. Trust me. It's about the only time oranges and yoghurt pair well.
Step 18
Store in the fridge and eat a piece every day so that you don't end up throwing any out. That would just be mean to the Cake Gods.


You may like to whip up some mascarpone or cream cheese with icing sugar and lemon juice and use this as an icing or a side?