Gluten Free Orange Olive Oil Cake

dairy free and super moist
Dairy free and super moist
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For the cake:
1 Oranges large, whole, seedless
½ Lemon juiced and zested
225 ml Olive oil plus extra for the tin
200 g Almond flour
120 g Polenta
1 tsp Baking powder gluten-free
½ tsp Salt
3 Large eggs
225 g Granulated sugar
Yogurt or crème fraîche, to serve (optional)
For the rosemary drizzle:
100 g Granulated sugar
½ Oranges juiced
½ Lemon juiced
6 Cardamom pods seeds removed and ground
4 sprigs Rosemary

Nutritional information

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  • For the rosemary drizzle:

Gluten Free Orange Olive Oil Cake


This Orange Olive Oil Cake is a fantastic recipe to make when you are entertaining friends who are gluten intolerant. This cake has ground almonds and polenta instead of flour which not only makes it gluten free, but the nutty flavors and slight crunch from the polenta really elevates this olive oil orange cake to a new level.

Start making this orange olive oil cake recipe by preparing an orange puree. Make a gluten free cake batter using polenta and ground almonds. Add olive oil and orange puree and mix until you have a smooth batter. Bake the cake in the oven. As the cake cools, make an orange syrup to drizzle over the top. I love to serve this cake with a dollop of crème fraîche on top. Delish!

To make Orange Olive Oil Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Gluten Free Orange Olive Oil Cake

Steps to make Gluten Free Orange Olive Oil Cake


Boil orange


Place an orange in a large pan of boiling water. Cover the saucepan with a lid but leave a small gap so that steam can escape. Boil the orange gently for 30 minutes before removing from the water. Leave to cool slightly.


Make orange puree


Cut the orange into quarters and remove any seeds. Transfer the quarters to a blender. Add the zest and juice of half a lemon and blend until you have a smooth purée.


Heat the oven and prepare a pan

Preheat the oven to 355 °F. Grease and line a 9-inch round baking pan with non-stick parchment paper.


Sift dry ingredients


Sift 200 grams of ground almonds, 120 grams of polenta, 1 tsp baking powder and ½ a teaspoon of salt into a large bowl and mix together.


Mix eggs and sugar


Whisk together 3 large eggs and 225 grams of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for about 4 minutes until pale and very fluffy.


Add oil and orange


With the mixer still running, gradually add 225 milliliters of olive oil. Once the oil is incorporated, add the orange purée and continue whisking to combine fully.


Add dry ingredients


Mix in the dry ingredients, continuing to whisk until you have a smooth batter.




Transfer the cake batter to the prepared cake pan. Bake in the oven for 55 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


Leave to cool

Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool in its baking tin on a wire rack.


Make syrup


While the cake is cooling, mix 100 grams of golden caster sugar with the juice of ½ an orange and ½ a lemon, 6 cardamom pods and 30ml water in a pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Add 4 sprigs of rosemary and turn off the heat for at least 30 minutes to allow the mixture to infuse.


Drizzle syrup over cake


Remove the cake from the baking pan and poke holes in it with a skewer. Pour over the syrup and leave to seep in for about 5 minutes.



Serve slices of this cake with natural yogurt or crème fraîche.

This Orange Olive Oil Cake is moist and delicious! Try making this cake soon and remember to tag your baking posts with #CookMeRecipes if you do.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 21
Melinda Heeg

No tips or long comment just wanted to say i enjoyed this simple recipe.

Anneliese Feigelson

I used some greek yogurt instead of plain white and replaced the granulated white sugar with brown, very nice recipe.

Yazmin Masinter

One of my personal favorites when it comes to vegetarian desserts, can't get enough of it!

Sloan Derico

Added some walnuts to the inside of this yummy!

Dorothy Balbach

The lemon isnt really neccessary if you dont like a slight sour or tangy taste dont add it.

Addie Starlings

Lovely dessert i baked it for my nieces birthday.

Emiliana Borroel

Baked to perfection! will be making this again thx so much.

Pyper Albakri

Delicious flavoured cake works wonders when trying to satisfy a family of non-sweet tooths and sweet tooths cause they can add their own things to the side if its not sweet enough.

Dani Bahnmiller

Whipped cream on the top and thank me later (-;

Raylynn Hoffstadt

I used honey instead of the rosemary drizzle, was wonderful.

Kaycee Visco

Enjoying the cake as I type this out the texture is slightly spongey but sooo good.

Emerie Pirruccello

My kids adore this cake they actually helped me make it :)

Laylah Etuk

This recipe is perfection if you use the exact measurments as listed the cake will turn out perfect and kinda healthy too since its not a bunch of chocolate in it.

Poppy Manuszak

5 star appearance and 5 star taste couldnt ask for anything more good than this.

Keila Mabary

So taste wise the cake was okay.. next time around i will definetly be adding more sugar though and maybe something else other than the rosemary cause it didnt taste that good.

Collins Lekander

Doesn't take too long compared to a few other recipes i wont name to be nice. But it does need a lot more toppings or something inside like chocolate chips or berries to make it sweeter or else its just a plain cake with a very slight taste of orange in it.

Darcy Eisenga

The kuchen dessert was my favorite up until this cake came along!!!

Marcella Groetsch

First time making this hopefully all goes well i suck at baking lol.

Jazzlyn Halbrook

I would recommend putting a little less oil or it makes the cake really oily and not too tasty.

Sailor Mahaffie

Delicious cake, not too sweet nor too bitter really enjoyed making this too.


Amazing recipe! Thanks!

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