I've been obsessed with orange cake recently. I found a few recipes online and over the weeks have happily baked, tasted and adapted until I was happy with the results. A moist, flavoursome gut friendly treat, which doesn't involve chocolate (and kids running crazy after indulging in cacao). That's a big tick from me.
I swapped in gut friendly flour, swapped out refined sugar and added a spice I adore- vanilla. I also don't have time to be boiling oranges, changing water and boiling some more like many recipes involve, so I created my own more streamlined method which still removes the bitterness from the orange rind, but captures the refreshing orange flavour.
It is perfect for snacks, desserts and certainly is a crowd pleaser for entertaining.
So when my biggest darling requested a sponge for her fifth birthday (yes with all the whipped cream and jam), I couldn't resist but offer a more nourishing option for her party guests. I dished up my favourite Orange cake recipe and it was a hit. I love when that happens!
As highly requested across in my instagram stories, you'll be getting the recipe right here. You're welcome :)
Looking for something smaller? If I'm baking just for our fam, I half the recipe and use a smaller baking dish but if you have many mouths to feed, the full cake recipe will give you plenty.
2 oranges + 1 extra orange for garnish
3 cups blanched almond meal (I get mine in bulk from 'Honest To Goodness')
1 cup maple syrup (if on GAPS protocol, swap this for raw honey) & overtime, you an reduce the amount of sweetener used
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Oh the aroma of freshly baked Orange Cake. So delicious!
I can't wait for you to try. Let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did, across at @glowingmumma.thrivingbubba insta feed.
Looking for further recipe inspo?
Find age appropriate gut healing meal ideas in my baby health guide, Thriving Bubba; pregnancy nourishment within my online program, Path To Glowing Mumma & family breakfast inspiration in My Vibrant Morning recipe eBook.