Delicious Orange & Almond Cake (Dairy-free & Vegan)

Inspired by the yummy orange and almond cake that I had at the Holburne Museum Garden Cafe last week, I thought I’d attempt to bake an orange and almond cake myself.

And guess what?  …

It wasn’t a flop!

Look, it’s even cake shape (unlike last week’s brownie gloop which I had to turn into a chocolate ‘pudding’).

This cake is beautifully moist and has the most delicious almond flavour with a hint of orange.

AND, it’s got lots of lovely goodness in it, including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and a few minerals to boot. The cake’s also low GI, so it gives us slow release energy rather than those horrible refined sugar energy spikes.

AND it’s easy to make.  Even for me!  (and if I can bake it, you definitely will be able to!)

One of my study group friends said it’s the best cake I’ve ever made.  (To be fair, I haven’t set the bar very high with my attempts at baking, but it’s wonderful to hear that I’ve actually made something that’s more than edible).

M and Lil’ L absolutely loved it.  In fact, Lil’ L said it was one of the best cakes in the world!  For this reason alone, I think this cake deserves its own blog post.  So here it is.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I hope the sun shines wherever you are!

60 thoughts on “Delicious Orange & Almond Cake (Dairy-free & Vegan)

  1. Just wanted to let you know I loved this recipe – I replaced one cup flour with 1.5 cups almond meal and it worked out really well too. It’s now on my list of favourites!

    1. So sorry for the delay in responding to you! I am so thrilled that you loved the recipe 😀 I’m really pleased the substitution worked out for you too. Thank you for letting me know xx

  2. My mixture was crumbly and not like a normal batter mixture. I used 2 cups of coconut flour instead of your requirement.

    1. Hi Michele. Unfortunately coconut flour won’t work in this recipe as a replacement for the wheat flour, as the only binder is the gluten. Without a replacement binder, the cake would definitely crumble. Sorry!

  3. Great recipe! absolutely delicious 🙂
    I love the combo almond and orange. But thinking it can be adapted as hazelnut and chocolate chips for the chocolate lovers too…

    1. Hi Nats. So pleased you enjoyed the cake! I love the idea of a hazelnut and choc chip version. If you try it, you must let me know how it works out xx

  4. This recipe turned out looking exactly like the picture as I followed the recipe flawlessly, but the taste wasn’t as I had expected! The orange is a little bitter so I would suggest an option to add more sugar or sweetener for those with a sweet tooth like me. Or perhaps the addition of a sweet sugary glaze infused with orange would be perfect. It could also be amped up with the addition of more orange juice perhaps or an orange essence. Overall I think this cake is perfect for those who prefer subtle flavours and treats that aren’t too sweet. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Caitlin. I really appreciate it! Yes, this cake is definitely not the sweet/sugary kind. To me, it’s more of a wholefood/every day kind of cake, though some of my readers have also loved it as a birthday/celebration cake. I love topping this cake with orange cashew cream frosting (which is in the linked post), but a simple orange sugar frosting (made with vegan butter, orange extract, orange zest, icing/powdered sugar) also works. The latter would definitely be most appealing if you have a sweet tooth!

      1. The cake may have been slightly bitter bc the orange zest was grated too thickly. If you don’t grate down into the pithy white you may have more pleasing results. 🙂
        Anyway, I’m about to have a go at this. Looks delicious!

  5. Great recipe. I made quite a few variations but it turned out great. I wanted to make orange choice chip muffins for my kids and I had slightly wet ground almonds left over from making almond milk. I used white flour and white sugar, left out the essences, increased the orange juice and milk slightly (to make up for not using liquid sweeteners) and added chocolate chips and a touch of orange food colouring. They turned out perfectly and have risen up beautifully.

    1. Hi Naomi. So pleased they worked out for you! Chocolate and orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations. I definitely need to give these a try! Thanks for sharing your ingredient tweaks x

  6. I made this cake yesterday substituting half Doves gluten free plain flour and half coconut flour. It needed a lot of extra liquid but the finished result was great and it didn’t crumble.

  7. Such a great cake and one I will most-certainly be baking again!
    I subbed out a few ingredients but nonetheless ended with a superb end result:
    560g plain white flour in place of the chapati flour
    60ml unsweetened almond milk in place of orange juice
    200g white sugar + 135g Demerara sugar + 60ml unsweetened almond milk all in place of the maple syrup
    Also topped the cake with Demerara sugar in place of flaked almonds – gave such a good crunch

    Such a yummy cake! Love the idea of using chocolate almond milk or maybe even swapping out the almonds and almond milk in place of ground hazelnuts and hazelnut milk …. would be so good with some dairy free chocolate chips mixed in mmm … the possibilities are endless 😀

      1. Hi Stephen.
        I am so pleased that you enjoyed the cake! And thank you so much for feeding back on your substitutions. It’s great to hear that the cake can also be baked using regular sugar, rather than maple syrup (which can be expensive).
        I love all your suggestions about new flavour and nut combinations. If you make any, be sure to report back!
        By the way, is the 280g amendment for the sugar quantity? If you could let me know I’ll update your comment.
        Thank you!

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