Perfect Flourless Orange Cake

A beautiful moist light cake with complex and full flavors of oranges and orange peel. Super easy to make, and people love it! Serve in wedges with a mound of whipped cream or ice cream.

Perfect Flourless Orange Cake


  • 2 whole oranges with peel
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 pinch saffron powder (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped candied orange peel (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups finely ground almonds (almond meal)


1 Place the oranges in a large saucepan, and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 hours over medium heat. Check occasionally to make sure they do not boil dry. Allow the oranges to cool, then cut them open and remove the seeds. Process in a blender or food processor to a coarse pulp.

2 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch round cake pan.

3 In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar together using an electric mixer until thick and pale, about 10 minutes. Use a whisk attachment if available. Mix in baking powder, and saffron if using. Stir in the pureed oranges. Gently fold in almond meal, and candied orange peel if using; pour batter into the prepared pan.

4 Bake for 55 minutes, or until a small knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan. Tap out onto a serving plate when cool.

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