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Whole Orange Cake Recipe

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Published October 15th 2012
4 Simple Ingredients, 1 Amazing Ultra Low Fat Cake

When I first read about the whole orange cake, I was sceptical. This is not an orange cake with a few shreds of grated orange rind, no siree, I mean boiled whole oranges. With no butter or milk I thought it might be too dry. Quite the contrary. This is a sweet, moist cake and it's very, very orangey.

There are a few variations to try. Some Middle Eastern based recipes use almond meal. Lovely, but it will quadruple the cost of making the cake. Some use butter but there's absolutely no need. The four or five eggs will bind the cake beautifully as well as contribute to its wonderfully light, airy texture. The eggs are also responsible for the only fat content in this cake, approximately 5g per egg.


2 oranges
2 cups of self raising flour (though this will depend of the size of the oranges)
4 -5 eggs
1 cup of castor sugar

Optional Extras:

Try 1 cup soaked sultanas for natural sweetness. For a gluten free version substitute the whole 2 cups of flour for almond meal.


Boil the two oranges for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Cut into quarters and then place into a blender and process until you have a smooth puree.

Mix the eggs and then blend all ingredients into a smooth creamy batter. Add sultanas if using.

Place into a medium size greased cake tin and bake at 180c for approximately 45 minutes.

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Why? For lovers of oranges
Cost: Less than $2.00
Your Comment
I just made this great cake,was gone in an hour. I made it exactly as the recipe said.
by chris (score: 0|6) 3116 days ago
yep, after you boil it, puree eveything...whole orange!
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3122 days ago
I know this may seem a stupid question but do you boil the oranges whole ie with the skin still on or do you peel first? Thanks.
by Susan Jackson (score: 2|796) 3124 days ago
Thatís right just warm water...or you can be really adventurous and try contreau!
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3122 days ago
excellent work Chris, glad you enjoyed it!
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3115 days ago
Hi there, without standing over your shoulder and looking at what you did, my best guess is that your cake mix was too runny. For the novice cake maker this is a common error and you need to get a feel of how thick a mix should be. A mix too runny will very often end with a flat dense cake.
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3114 days ago
Do you need to remove the seeds before you blend the oranges?
by georg (score: 0|6) 3123 days ago
Hi Susan...yes, you boil the whole orange! Hard to imagine but it works. Cant imagine doing the same with lemons though ut who knows
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3123 days ago
Amazing isn't it! Glad to hear it worked out so well.
by glenop (score: 2|823) 3121 days ago
Great for the adults and the kiddies!
by pam (score: 1|57) 3121 days ago
This is too easy not to try!!
by pam (score: 1|57) 3121 days ago
I really enjoy eating it.
by pam (score: 1|57) 3121 days ago
Thank you for this one. It is by far one of the best cakes I have made or eaten. Lovely texture and beautiful flavour. I made the mix with 1 cup sr flour and 1 cup almond meal. My oranges were rather large as well, but oh boy what a cake.
by aussi11 (score: 0|5) 3121 days ago
Sorry ignore my q? Saw the answers here
by taita (score: 1|12) 3122 days ago
Do I have to peel the orange skin before I boil them?
by taita (score: 1|12) 3122 days ago
do you puree with the skin on
by alexd0 (score: 0|2) 3122 days ago
Just made it all in the oven, kitchen smells refreshing. Will let everyone know how it comes out once it is finish baking.
by gamo_ (score: 0|2) 3122 days ago
Do you blend the boiled organe water as well?
by Jeewa M (score: 0|6) 3122 days ago
So what do you soak the sultanas in ? just a bit of water to plump them up?
by beren (score: 0|4) 3122 days ago
Very simple to make.Cake is baking in oven ..."smells divine .....hoping it will taste as good
by Maura (score: 0|2) 2119 days ago
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