Alice is

cooking Flourless Orange Cake with Bitter Chocolate

May 12, 2013


I bloody love this cake. Why? All that whipping up egg whites, beating the shit out of butter, folding in the flour - forget it. This little beauty doesn’t contain any flour at all and is made from the whole orange, yes the pips, the peel, the pith, the lot - giving it a bitterness and dense texture. I’m tempted to have a go making it with blood oranges, but I struggled to find them in Camberwell this afternoon :/ so forgive me I have used the norms this time round.

You’ll need:

  • 2 large oranges
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 6g baking powder

Preheat the oven to 140°C. Mix the baking powder with the ground almonds, set aside. Cover the oranges in a pan of cold water, until completely submerged. Bring to the boil and continue to boil until they are soft.


Blitz softened oranges in a processor until you have a bright orange pulp. You can add a touch of orange blossom water at this stage, but this certainly not essential.


Mix the eggs and sugar in a large bowl, add the orange pulp, and finally the ground almonds.


Spoon the mixture in to individual pudding moulds (silicon ones work v. well) or a cake tin. Cook low, on about 140°C for 20 mins to half an hour, or when a squewer comes out clean.



Finish with a chocolate sauce, simply dark chocolate melted with an equal amount of cream.




  • Anthony Rose

    May 13, 2013

    I’m not a great pudding eater but I like the look of this. Will have to think of a good wine to go with it. I think Campbells Topaque could be just the thing. Love the illustration.

  • dorothy feaver

    May 17, 2013

    perfect answer to the age-old ‘is it a biscuit? is it a cake?’ debate

  • Keturah Stubbs

    May 19, 2013

    Not fussed whether this is a cake, a pudding or a biscuit. It’s just delicious! Well done Alice.


    October 17, 2015

    Hi there, You’ve done a great job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this website.

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