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Almond Orange Cake - A Family Feast

Almond Orange Cake

A moist and delicious Almond Orange Cake made with olive oil, ground almonds, and the zest of oranges and lemon.

Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
Prep: 30 minsCook: 1 hour 45 minsTotal: 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 small to medium orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 ounces whole raw almonds
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • Confectioner’s sugar to top
  • Optional – Additional orange used for candied orange garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place the whole uncut orange and lemon in a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer covered. Simmer for 30 minutes, drain and discard water and cool the whole fruit.
  3. Place almonds on a sheet pan and bake for 10-15 minutes to toast stirring once halfway through. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Increase oven to 350 and grease a 9” springform pan.
  5. When almonds are cool, place them in the food processor and pulse until completely ground. Remove from food processor and set aside. Leave processor out for next step.
  6. When fruit is cool, cut lemon in half, remove pulp and seeds and discard, saving outer rind. Place lemon rind in processor. Remove seeds from orange and place rind and pulp in with lemon rind. Pulse until mixture is almost a paste.
  7. In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  8. In the bowl of a stand mixer with whip attachment, add eggs and salt and beat until foamy. Add sugar and mix to combine.
  9. Change to a paddle attachment and gentle mix flour mixture into egg mixture.
  10. Add in orange/lemon mixture, almond mixture and olive oil and beat on low speed until incorporated.
  11. Pour batter into greased spring form pan and bake for one hour or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. (our cake took an hour and 15 minutes). Remove to a rack to cool.
  12. After the cake has cooled slide knife around edges to loosen outer ring. Then lay a knife horizontally and insert between cake bottom and pan bottom and loosen. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
  13. Additionally you can garnish with candied oranges. In a large skillet, combine 1 ½ cups of water and ½ cup of sugar and bring to a boil. Add one naval orange sliced horizontally into ¼ inch slices and cook over medium heat, turning slices occasionally, until the liquid is reduced to syrup and the orange slices are translucent, about 30 minutes. Transfer the orange slices to a rack to cool. Reserve the syrup for another use. Once the orange slices are cool, layer them on top of the cake after you dust it with powdered sugar.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: Baking