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Vegan Orange and Almond Cake

This is our vegan and gluten free version of the popular Spanish 'Tarta de Almendras y Naranja'  It's very moist with a citrus flavour and can either be served as cake or as dessert with vegan ice cream or yoghurt.

Vegan Orange and Almond Cake

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free

Makes: 1 x 20cm cake


1 large orange

1 stick cinnamon

2 star anise

4 cloves  

75ml aquafaba

200g golden caster sugar 

75g plain or gluten-free flour

2 tsp baking powder 

200g ground almonds 

Icing sugar to dust 

Toasted flaked almonds and orange slices to serve   


  1. Put the orange in a saucepan and just cover with water and add the cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour, checking the water doesn’t dry out and adding more if necessary. Leave the orange to cool then cut it in half, remove any pips and puree in a food processor.
  2. In a large bowl beat the aqua faba until it is tripled in volume and forms soft peaks.
  3. Add the sugar a spoon at a time and keep whisking until the mixture is firm and glossy.
  4. Whisk in the orange puree.
  5. Fold in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds.

For a large cake

  • Pour into a lined cake tin and bake at 180C for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 160C and cook for a further 10 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when pushed into the cake. If the cake looks like it is darkening too much cover it loosely in foil. Decorate with flaked almonds.

For individual cakes

  • Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cases. Bake for 25 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Orange and Almond Cake 2


Karishma on 21st Dec 2015 said:

Hi Rachel,
The recipe looks amazing and I’m going to definitely try it out. Is there anything I could substitute the soya yoghurt with? Maybe more orange puree or egg replacement made from chia seeds? Could you please let me know. Thanks

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Monica at Demuths on 29th Dec 2015 said:

I suggest adding either 3 tablespoons of flax seed or chia seed batter instead of the soya yoghurt. You don’t want to increase the orange puree as it will make the cake too bitter, so make up the liquid with a nut milk.

Let me know how you get on!

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Rosa M Bloomberg on 12th Jan 2016 said:

Would it be possible to replace the sugar with rice syrup or maple syrup or will this make the mix too wet?

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Monica at Demuths on 18th Jan 2016 said:

Rachel says she’d have to test the recipe with maple syrup to be sure - so we’ll try to get back to you soon. Or let us know if you experiment first! Thanks, Rosa.

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Tara Dakini on 27th May 2018 said:

I made this with coconut sugar and it turned out perfectly

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Farzeen Jehan on 1st Mar 2016 said:

I’ve made this cake several times. It’s easy, and really yummy.

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Natalie on 16th Sep 2016 said:

Hi Rachel,

Is it possible to use coconut flour instead of cornmeal?

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Chris at Demuths on 16th Sep 2016 said:

Hi Natalie,we find that coconut flour is very absorbent and expands so will change the nature of this cake, you could use wheat flour, rice flour or increase the ground almonds.I hope that’s useful!

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Natalie on 16th Sep 2016 said:

Thank you, yes your response is very helpful.

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Anne on 3rd Oct 2016 said:

Hi Demuths. Could you tell me what size cake tin please? I am assuming 8” but just thought I’d check. Thanks

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Chris at Demuths on 3rd Oct 2016 said:

Hi Anne - yes, an 8”/20cm cake tin is exactly what you need! I’ll amend the recipe, thanks so much for pointing that out!

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Anne on 3rd Oct 2016 said:

Thanks Chris! I am making this tonight and will let you know how it goes.

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Chris at Demuths on 4th Oct 2016 said:

Excellent! I look forward to hearing all about it!

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Anne on 6th Oct 2016 said:

Made this on Tuesday and it tasted delish but it wasn’t quite cooked even though the toothpick was clean. Would definitely make it again - just bake for longer. Would be tempted to use this recipe make smaller/individual cakes as well.

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Chris Zak on 27th Jun 2017 said:

I was looking for a vegan almond lemon poppy seed cake and came across your recipe, and added poppy seeds, very easy and delicious, could it be done with lemon?

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Monica at Demuths on 29th Jun 2017 said:

Hi Chris. You could certainly use lemon here - and perhaps skip the spices for a more traditional lemon and poppy side vibe? Would that work? Let us know how you get on!

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Michelle C on 5th Jul 2017 said:

Could I substitute the caster sugar with xylitol?

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Monica at Demuths on 6th Jul 2017 said:

Hi Michelle. I have not tried this, though xylitol does allegedly mimic the taste of sugar so you could try it in a 1:1 ratio. Here’s some more info on using xylitol in baking that you may find useful:

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Michelle C on 6th Jul 2017 said:

Thank you Monica!

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Queen Solomou on 20th Sep 2017 said:

This recipe is reminiscent of the traditional Greek Cypriot almond cookie given to people when they leave a Greek wedding. I haven’t had them for over 30 years because the recipe calls for egg white. Do you think this recipe would work well with aquafaba?veganising this recipe?

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Lyndsay Walker on 2nd Oct 2017 said:

I made this at the weekend, and it was extremely easy and turned out brilliantly.  Two questions:

Is there any reason why one couldn’t boil and puree the orange a day or more in advance and either chill or freeze it until needed?

Could the cake be made with other fruit, such as cooked and pureed rhubarb, or perhaps pureed strawberries?

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Jill Cannon Jones on 3rd Dec 2017 said:

I made this recently and it was delicious.  I need to make a dessert for a family party and I would love to take this but I need to make it two days in advance.  Does it keep well?  Any tips?

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David Brown on 13th Mar 2018 said:

Have made this several times and placed thin slices of orange on top, really adds to moist texture…. am making it for ceramic class as last lesson tonight…and will slice blood oranges/Sicilian reds to the top the colour will look beautiful and add a slightly different orange taste, slightly bitter but am using regular orange in the cake… roasted almonds sprinkled just before serving…can’t wait.  have shared your recipe with vegan friends who have also made this several times….thank you

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Rachel Clark on 21st Aug 2018 said:

Hi! I’ve made this cake before and it was delicious, but now have come back to the recipe and you have replaced the yoghurt with aquafaba. What was the original quantity for yoghurt in the recipe? And does cornmeal/polenta work as the gluten free flour element? Thanks!

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