Almond Flour Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting

An amazing, naturally gluten-free, grain-free (dairy-free optional) cake with buttercream frosting and candied orange zest. The texture and flavor are unreal. This crowd-pleasing gluten-free cake is perfect for any celebration or holiday (Easter or Passover!).

Almond Flour Orange Cake gluten-free
Almond Flour Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting

The tastiest Gluten-Free Almond Orange Cake!

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New! I added a cooking video to this page so you could see just step by step how to make this gluten-free Almond Flour Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting!

This recipe requires more steps and more time than my usual recipes, but it is so worth it!

I have made this cake so many times and wanted to share all my tips in the video and in step by step photos below!

If you’re new to this website, at the bottom of every recipe page is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions.

Hope you love it!

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Update April 2020:  This is one of my all time favorite cakes!

I’ve made it for my birthday each year, for the last 4 years!

But…. it was originally a Passover cake!

Recipe adapted from Simply Gluten-Free, some of my friends have said, they’ve never tasted a Passover cake as good as this!

So whether you’re looking for a Passover cake, or a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free optional cake, or you just want a great cake (!)… I hope you’ll try this one and love it as much as we do!

Almond Flour Orange Cake gluten-free

Original post…

Happy birthday to me! This gluten-free Almond Flour Orange Cake made my day even sweeter.

This cake has become a bit of a tradition as it’s the fourth year in a row I’ve made it for my birthday — it’s that good!

Recipe adapted from Simply Gluten-Free, it’s an old fashioned, made-from-scratch cake that’s gluten-free, grain -free and dairy-free optional but the cake is packed with orange zest and Vanilla Orange Buttercream is made with freshly squeezed orange juice so the texture and flavor is amazing!

Plus the candied orange zest and sliced almonds are the best finishing touches each adding great flavor and texture and making this cake a total show stopped perfect for any celebration!

The end result is a cake that is moist, perfectly balanced & so YUMMY!

And this cake is always big hit!


While the cake takes some time to make/ assemble, the ingredients are very simple and straightforward.

The cake is made with just 5 ingredients:

almond flour


a pinch of salt

lots of orange zest


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There are 3 main steps to making the cake itself.

First you prepare the almond flour by pulsing it in a food processor along with sugar and salt. This helps make the almond flour finer and gives the best texture to the cake.

Then add the orange zest and combine. Set aside.

Next prepare the Egg Whites.

The key to the cake is carefully separating the egg whites and egg yolks then whipping each until they are light and airy.

If you’ve never beaten egg whites until they “peak”, it is actually quite easy and you can watch it in the video on this page.  But essentially, you just beat them for a few minutes until they stand on their own or form glossy “peaks”.

These peaked egg whites will give the cake its height as there are no leavening agents in the cake.

Lastly, prepare the egg yolks.

You’ll mix the egg yolks with some sugar and kosher salt until it doubles in size and becomes this fabulous creamy yellow color.

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Then you combine the 3 parts.

Add the almond flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture, and mix them together. The batter will be very thick.

And finally slowly spoon in and mix in the peaked egg whites.  You may need to scrape down the sides and mixing paddle at first, then it eventually mixes into a beautiful batter. You want to mix on low and do not overmix!

Pour into two prepared cake pans and bake!

Pro Tip: To make sure the cakes come out of the pan easily, not only grease the pans, cut a round piece of parchment paper and place on bottom of pan and grease that too… the cake will come right out of the pan!

Now let’s make the frosting!

All you need is:

butter or dairy-free butter

confectioner’s sugar

a pinch of salt

vanilla extract

lots of fresh orange juice (Pro Tip: juice the oranges you just zested for the cake and even save it in the refrigerator for a day if you’re not making the frosting right away.)

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The key with any frosting, and this one is no different, is making sure the butter or dairy free butter is room temperature so that it mixes well with the powdered sugar.

And this frosting is soooo yummy with all the orange juice.

After the cakes have cooled completely, frost the cake.

I like to frost the top of one cake, place the second cake on top, then frost the top of the second one and then the sides.

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The candied orange zest and the sliced almonds take just an extra 15 minutes and are worth it!

The candied orange zest is made with water, sugar and orange peel. That’s it!

And it adds great flavor and texture to each bite.

All you do is boiling some sugar and water, then add orange peel, then roll in sugar!

So yummy!

Pro tip: And I usually do this while the cake is in the oven, then let it harden while the cakes cool.

One last Pro Tip: I often make this cake in stages, making the cake and candied orange zest one day, and the frosting and assembling the cake the next.

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

Looking for more treats made with almond flour?

Try our Soft Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies with lemon glaze… they are so yummy!

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Almond Flour Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting

An amazing, naturally gluten-free, grain-free (dairy-free optional) cake with buttercream frosting and candied orange zest. The texture and flavor are unreal. This crowd-pleasing cake is perfect for any celebration or holiday (Easter or Passover!).
Recipe requires more time than my usual recipes but it's worth it!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Grain-Free
Keyword: gluten free cake, baking with almond flour, grain-free dessert, almond flour orange cake, almond flour cake
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 3 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • zest of 4 large oranges finely grated (about 5 teaspoons packed)
  • 8 large eggs room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Vanilla Orange Frosting

  • ¼ cup butter or dairy-free alternative softened (we have made it with both butter and Earth Balance soy-free sticks)
  • 1 pound Confectioners powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice start with 4 and add as needed to get the right texture - I most often use 5 tablespoons)


  • Approximately ¾ -1 cup sliced almonds
  • Candied orange zest

Candied Orange Zest

  • cups sugar divided
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of 1 orange taken off the orange in thin strips with a peeler



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously grease 2 9 inch round cake pans. Cut circles out of parchment paper and line the bottom of the cake pans with the parchment and lightly grease them as well. Set aside.
  • Prepare Almond flour mixture: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade combine the almond flour and ½ cup sugar and pulse a few times to combine. Add orange zest and process for an additional 30 seconds to combine. If you do not have a food processor, just whisk it all together but if you use the food processor the cake will have a finer texture.
  • Separate the egg yolks and whites into two large mixing bowls.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites, then at very high speed, using a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they form stiff, glossy peaks. Set aside.
  • In the mixing bowl with the egg yolks add the remaining half cup of sugar and the kosher salt. Then using the paddle attachment beat on high speed until thick and almost doubled in size – about 1 - 2 minutes. It will be a creamy and thick and light yellow in color.
  • Stir in the almond mixture.
  • Take a large spoonful of the beaten egg whites and mix into the yolk mixture and then gently fold in the remaining whites until the mixture is no longer streaky and is well combined.
  • Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The cake will also pull back from the pans.
  • Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling Turn over the pans onto a cooking rack, knock gently and the cakes should come out easily. Peel off the parchment paper.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the frosting.
  • Note: I often make the cakes a day ahead and then frost the next day.

Vanilla Orange Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the confectioners sugar and the vanilla and turn the mixer on low. Add the orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the consistency of buttercream frosting – creamy and spread-able but not too thin.

Candied Orange Zest

  • Combine water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then add the orange peel.
  • Let boil gently for 10-15 minutes or until the zest is tender.
  • Place the remaining ½ cup of sugar on a plate. Using a slotted spoon or large fork, carefully remove the zest from the liquid and drop into the sugar, tossing to coat. Let the zest dry in the sugar and the remove.
  • Can be made several days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Assemble the cake

  • Place one layer of fully cooled cake, top-side down, on a cake stand or platter. Spread some frosting on top of the cake then top with the remaining cake layer, bottom side down. Frost the sides and the top of the cake.
  • Gently press the sliced almonds into the frosting around the sides of the cake.
  • Garnish the top of the cake with sugared orange zest if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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13 thoughts on “Almond Flour Orange Cake with Vanilla-Orange Frosting

  1. 5 stars
    This has become my new FAVORITE cake to make and eat! Simple, clean and easy ingredients make it pretty quick to throw together, and even better to indulge in!

    My family even said “I can’t believe this is GF, it’s soo good!”

    Would recommend for any occasion!

  2. 5 stars
    I have never made a cake from scratch before. When I saw this and read the ingredients I knew this was the ONE! Admittedly, it was work, but it was also lots of fun! I followed the directions to the tee. It is absolutely delicious. The icing is smooth and creamy and to die for! Thank you so much for the step by step instructions! Will be making this again and again. My new go to!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this cake for the first time to take to a holiday lunch. It was very tasty and my friends raved about it! I will definitely make it again…soon! Do you think this could be made in a loaf pan or bundt pan?

  4. Hello,
    Thank you for this recipe!
    I am planning to do a layered pyramid cake, 28×28 and 25cm high for my son 5th birthday.
    And assemble in 5 layers of 5cm each with square to size to follow angle of pyramid
    I already calculated my proportions.

    I was just wondering, will this cake allow to have a clean cut if I slice at an angle? Or would it separate on crumbs?
    Thanks in advance!

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for your response Karen. I’m actually doing it right now so will come back with a photo. I had to multiply recipe by 4.
        I am thinking of adding a thin layer of marzipan too to make a pyramid block look ( if time allows

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