I first made this cake 2 years ago for my husband’s birthday. I consider myself super lucky that he slowly but surely followed me on my healthy eating journey. He already had a balanced lifestyle with exercise and clean eating when we first met, so he did not mind to adjust to the paleo-ish diet I was following. While there are plenty of recipes online for paleo and “clean” desserts, I always feel they are a hit or miss. As a result, when I create something that we like, I just keep making it over and over again and perfect it into a fool proof recipe. I got inspired to create this cake by browsing through paleo baking blogs, and made a few tweaks before I found the perfect ratios.  

We just refer to this cake as “birthday cake” at home, and has made it multiple times over the past couple years – even when there are no birthdays around 🙂 As much as I like to cook and bake, I don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen, or follow intricate recipes with a bunch of different ingredients. This cake is extremely easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients and the result is this decadent, but light orange-chocolatey goodness that is guilt free to enjoy. 

 Whole oranges are used in this recipe, including the peel, so I recommend to get organic oranges. Traditionally grown citrus is heavily sprayed with pesticides and fungicides (thiabendazole and imazalil) to protect the crop post harvest. It is impossible to remove these residues from the surface of the fruit, so buying citrus from an organic source is critically important when the rind, the zest or the citrus oil is used. 

I also recommend to get organic almond flour as well, as you will be using a relatively large amount, and these nuts can absorb a lot of pesticides due to their high fat content. I recommend to use maple syrup as a sweetener, but coconut sugar or a non-caloric sweetener (like erythritol) would also work. In case you use any of the latter two, mix the granules with a cup of water to dissolve before adding to the batter. I have been making it lately with erythritol to reduce the caloric content and it tastes great.

You can make your chocolate ganache from scratch to layer on the top of the cake. For me this is the point when I don’t mind taking a shortcut and just melt a high quality chocolate bar and call it a day. 

Let me know if you end up making this recipe and how you like it!

Love, Nora      

Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oranges (use 4 if they are small) – try to get the ones with the thinner rind
  • 400 g almond flour (almond meal or almond powder will also work)
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 0.5 – 1 cup maple syrup (or coconut sugar or sweetener – see instructions above) depending on how sweet you like your desserts
  • 1 bar high quality dark chocolate ( I use Vivani 85% dark chocolate)

EQUIPMENT:

  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Round baking tray
  • Oven

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Cook the oranges in whole on the stove in boiling water and let them cool down
  • Chop up the cooked oranges (peel included!), remove the seeds if there is any. 
  • Put the oranges in the food processor and puree them until you get a homogenous mixture. 
  • Add the eggs and the maple syrup and mix them in the food processor. 
  • Finally add the almond flour and baking powder and process them just enough to fully mix everything together. You should end up with a thick batter.
  • Add the mixture in a round baking tray and bake on 180 C for 45-50 minutes. 
  • Allow the cake to cool down, then melt the chocolate bar (or use your home made ganache) to layer on the top of the cake.
  • Refrigerate for an hour, then slice, serve and enjoy!

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3 comments

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My kind of cake. Perfect for me. Thanks for sharing 💕💕

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It is so easy to make!! Hope you will love it! xx

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My kind of cake. Perfect for me. Thanks for sharing 💕💕

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