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. Good looking cake. Looking forward to trying a contender for ‘Best Cake in the World’. Personally I’m inclined to trust Master L’s judgement in such matters. And it’s full of vitamins. How much better can cake get??

  2. I wish I could help you on this one, but I have just about given up on gluten free baking. I refuse to use 42 different types of flour plus xantham gum and whatever other gums and starches and additions most recipes call for to make them gluten free. Although, the look and description of this cake does sort of make me want me to give it another try. I wonder if you upped the almond meal and used oat flour if it would hold together? I’ve made biscotti with all almond meal and it turned out beautifully.

    1. Mmm biscotti… Now there’s something that I need to try making 😉 I absolutely love biscotti but the version they sell in our coffee shops has butter in it. They seem to put butter in everything 🙁

  3. Oh this sounds delicious! I love almond in any baked good, it adds such a wonderful flavour. Your cake looks gorgeous 🙂 We make a really nice almond and pear cake at home – so good with Greek yogurt for afternoon tea!

    1. Almond and pear sound like a beautiful combo for a cake! You’ll have to share your family’s recipe one day. We’d love to try it! x

  4. I love citrus cakes – of there’s an orange or a lemon cake on offer, that’s the one I’ll usually go for. I had a delicious orange and polenta cake this week.
    This recipe looks great!

    1. I’ve been wanting to try polenta cake for ages. I’ve never actually had it before. I’ll have to check online for a dairy-free polenta recipe. Orange polenta cake sounds delicious!

  5. I am so glad you made this cake. After seeing it from your Holburne visit I so wanted to try it. Having the citrus in there is just like being able to pack a little sunshine into it.
    I will have to check all of the ingredients to see if I’ve got them, but I am quite certain my children would love this little treat to appear on the breakfast table or packed away in their lunch boxes.
    Thanks so much for this lovely treat. 🙂

    1. Cake for breakfast? Could life get any better?? We need to seek out some more of these ‘healthier’ cake recipes. We could eat a different cake for breakfast each day of the week. Yay!

  6. This recipe is amazing! Substituted agave for brown rice malt syrup, almond meal for decicated coconut and half amount of non dairy milk for more orange juice. Left out almond extract and used 1/2 a vanilla pod instead of essence.
    Will be making again!!!

    1. Thanks you SO much for leaving feedback about this cake. Hearing that you like it so much has made my day! 🙂 Next time I make it I’m definitely going to try out your subs. They sound amazing. I love the idea of adding dessicated coconut. Yum!

  7. Thanks Sharon. Yeah Its a totally different cake, because of the coconut its probably a bit more moist and alot cheaper to make. I also made the original which was delicious!! I just always like to put my own signatures second time round when I make a recipe. I have just made another version which is Cherry, Cocoa and Coconut as a birthday pressie for my sister. Will update you on how its turned out!

  8. I’d love to hear how the Cherry, Coconut and Cocoa version turns out. It sounds amazing! If it does work out, please do send me the recipe as I’d love to give it a try. Thank you! x

  9. To make gluten free cakes, I use Doves gluten free flour and simply add a little more vegetal milk and oil, so the dryness of gluten free flours is over balanced. Thanks for the recipe, looks delicious! I will try it for my birthday party 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog & for the advice on GF flour. I’ve tried the Doves flour once but I didn’t compensate for the dryness, so the bread I made was very dry & hard indeed 🙁 How much extra oil & milk do you tend to add when using the Doves flour?
      I really hope this orange & almond cake recipe works out for you. Do let me know how you get on.
      And Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great party! 😀 xx

      1. In the case of this recipe, I think I’ll go for one cup of soy milk instead of 3/4, and probably 2/3 cup of oil? Something along those lines! And why not a bit more orange juice…. 🙂
        I will let you know how it goes! xx

        1. Thanks Justine! Yes, please do let me know how it goes. I’ve got 3/4 bag of Doves flour in the pantry and I’d love to have another try at making at GF cake 🙂

  10. Hi, thanks for this recipe, I’ve been looking for things to make with my almond meal as I make my own almond milk – this cake is delicious! x

    1. Hi Melody! I’m so thrilled that the cake worked out for you! 😀 I’ve yet to make my own almond milk, but I’ve heard such good things about it. I really must give it a try! I didn’t even realise that the pulp could be turned into almond meal… ingenious! xx

  11. Hi Sharon,

    Almond milk is sooo nice – I can give you the recipe if you like? I tried it with hazelnuts this weekend and is even creamier! Yes you can use the meal either wet straight away, or you can dry it out at a low temperature in the oven and keep it to make cakes in the future 🙂 xx

  12. Of course 🙂 you soak one cup of nuts (hazel or almond with skins on) in water for up to 24 hours, changing the water after 12 hours. rinse, then blend with 3 cups of water, strain over bowl with a sieve lined with a cheese cloth and voila! Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight bottle. YUM hope you enjoy it!!

    1. Wow that sounds so easy! I just need to buy the cheesecloth then I can give it a try. Thank you so much for sending the recipe. I really appreciate it ♥ xox

  13. I made this for my daughters 14th birthday,I just have to say this is to become one of my most favourite cake recipe’s,everyone loved it,I loved everything about the cake,even baked to perfection,making more today into inividaual cup cake size.
    For my glaze I added some pieces of thin sliced oranges with the juice plus some rice syrup & coconut nectar,topped the cake off perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe.

    1. Hey Sherilee! Thank you so much for getting in touch. I’m thrilled to hear how much you like the cake. Reading your comments has made me smile so much 😀 Your glaze sounds totally delicious. I’m definitely going to try it next time I make the cake xx

      1. Hi there,just a note about the glaze,you need to simmer on stove until reduced to like a thick jam consistency,I didn’t measure anything,just a bit of each then I hoped for the best.Worked like a charm.

  14. I baked the cake and it came out delicious and moist. I made it a second time and added orange pulp and used honey instead of maple syrup. It was delicious and more moist. I placed one orange in a medium-sized saucepan of boiling water.Boiled and covered for 20 minutes. Removed from heat and drained.I placed softened orange in food processor. Processed the whole orange (pips,pith and all) until smooth paste was formed,approximately 3-4 minutes. I then followed your recipe and added the pulp to the wet ingredients.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback and emailing pics of your gorgeous cakes. I’m so happy that you took the plunge and baked your first cake at age 69 (& that you chose one of my recipes :D) It’s wonderful that you’ve discovered the joy of baking & already have the confidence to experiment! I can’t wait to try your ‘whole orange’ variation xx

  15. Hi sharon,
    Just came across your blog and loved it instantly . I loved this almond orange cake recipe and wanted to try this. But I have got a doubt regarding the measurements . What does your 1 cup means ? Is it equal to standard 250 ml ? I have a 250 ml cup and can I try this recipe using that , because I don’t have any weighing machine ? Thanks.

    1. Hi Shamala Yes, the cup measurement is a standard measuring cup. Both a 240ml (US) or 250ml (metric) will work fine. So pleased you like this cake. It’s one of my favourites too 🙂

  16. Hi Sharon ,
    Thank you very much for your reply ….didn’t expect it so fast . Wanted to try few recipes from your blog . I wonder how you get those ideas……coz I am also vegetarian and don’t know how to replace an egg if a recipe calls for it . Also am new to baking and slowly it is turning into obsession , but scared to bake frequently because of calories . Happy to see your blog as most of the recipes are on low calorie side. Especially l like your almond cookies without butter . CanI replace almond milk with normal milk ? Also regarding the oven temperature what do you mean by 180C(160 fan) ? Thanks

    1. Hey Shamala. Great to hear from you again!
      My favourite milks for baking are soya and almond, but you can substitute cow’s milk if you prefer (I’m guessing this it what you mean by ‘normal’ milk?) 180 Celsius is the temperature for conventional ovens; 160 Celsius is for fan-assisted ovens.
      For baking cakes, cookies and pancakes, I don’t tend to use a substitute for eggs. For ‘fluffiness’ in cakes, I simply whisk a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar into the milk and leave it to curdle (like a butter milk substitute).
      I find inspiration from all over the place! If you’re interested in trying more plant-based cooking, there are some great blogs filled with recipes to inspire. Some of my favourites are and

      1. Hi Sharon ,
        Thank you for your kind reply . And yes I mean cow’s milk for normal milk . I also cook mostly plant based food . And sure will have a look into other blogs too .

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