Raspberry Orange Almond Cake (Paleo, Gluten Free, DF, Oil Free)

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November 2016 Recipe Redux  Challenge:

Trimming the Table

“The holiday baking season is upon us. Time to pull out all the stops. Show us the healthy holiday dessert you will be sharing with family and friends this season.”

I eased the oven door open to take the cake out just as the oven clock beeped. I couldn’t help but stop for a moment. The smell was incredible. Whiffs of a warm, nutty, buttery aroma drifted into the air, filling the whole room (which is crazy because there is no butter!). I gently pressed the middle of the cake with my finger – it felt soft and pillowy. It was done, now all I needed to do was wait.

From afar, the cake looked beautiful. Red raspberries peaking out here and there contrasting the deep amber of the cake, giving it a rustic but elegant quality. I have always loved almond cake and I was especially excited to try this one.

I have had my fair share of almond cakes – apricot almond cakes to lemon almond cake but my favorite combination has to be apple and almond. I remember the very first and very best one I had was made by my cousin, Andre. It was just like the one that had come out of the oven – soft and pillowy. Ohhh..it was so light and sweet, almost like I was eating a cloud. Every mouthful I took had flaky crunchy almonds for extra depth of flavour and texture.

It tasted amazing. In fact, lets just say the person who made it is genius and amazing.

Today, Zoe and I want to say a special Happy Birthday to this amazing girl who has the most beautiful heart; who has faithfully been there for us for so many years and most importantly who has inspired us to cook and to pursue our passions.

Most of you probably are not aware that sprinkleofvanillasugar isn’t our first recipe blog. We started blogging in high school together with our cousin. It started off as a fun summer project and later expanded in becoming a foundation for our future pursuits in the realm of culinary arts.

From babies in cute little Chinese outfits to our primary school years in shorts and t-shirts and later on high school in dresses, handbags and makeup; we spent hours, days, years of time together. She spent many months living with us – and we were practically sisters. We laughed and talked every day; we stayed up late to watch movies, we shared our deepest desires and dreams. Our boxful of memories of family gatherings, vacations, church dances, seminary and sleepovers is one that I cherish and keep dear to my heart. Together we explored and created some amazing recipes together like Ricotta Stuffed Smoked Salmon with Salsa; Mozzarella Covered Vegetarian Gnocchi Bake; Peanut butter & Chocolate Banana Bread; Oreo Cheesecake.

Although we haven’t been able to spend as much time together after college, but I still miss our old times together. When I look at her now, I see a beautiful, talented young woman who still is one of my closest friends. I also see someone full of passion and enthusiasm for life. Her magic radiates from within her and from her fingers – which has enabled her to continue to create, cook, photograph, blog – making everyone who sees her food drool!

To many more apple almond cake creations and to many more memories we will continue to share – “Happy 22nd Birthday Andre! Thank you for being a dear friend and cousin. Thank you for being an inspiration. And most of thank you for your beautiful heart. May your talent, beauty and magic continue to blossom and grow! We love you!”

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Adapted from: Elana’s Pantry

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  •  1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 dozen raspberries (+ more for topping)
  • 2 optional glazes (below)

How to Make:

  1. Wash the orange and boil in water for 1 hour and a half till soft.
  2. Place the whole orange with the peel into a food processor/blender till smooth.
  3. Pulse in the egg, honey, flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Line a cake tin with parchment paper and pour the batter in.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 35-40 minutes (check with a skewer that it comes out clean).

Option 1 – Yogurt Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Raspberries

How to Make:

  1. Mix the yoghurt and honey in a bowl.
  2. Once the cake is cooled, drizzle over the glaze. Decorate with more raspberries.

Option 2 – Honey-Orange Glaze:

(This would also be great  if you want to make a Plain Orange-Almond Cake: Just omit the raspberries from the cake)

  • 2 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp Honey

How to Make:

  1. Place the orange juice and honey in a bowl together. Mix.
  2. Put in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up so that the honey will dissolve in (you can also do this on a small pan over the stove).
  3. Drizzle over the cake.

LOVE,

Zoe & Mia

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Monique says:

    This is such a beautiful looking cake! I have a similar recipe which uses a whole boiled orange, I love using the whole thing up and it gives such a great flavour – I bet this tastes delicious 🙂

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank You Monique!!! This tasted so so good. We’ve made it several times already it’s always comes out moist! Your orange, almond and raspberry cake looks delicious too! I love how you added cinnamon and ginger to yours! I can imagine it being so so good! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  2. What a beautiful oookign cake. It’s super healthy too! Yayyy for sweet tooth without guilt! 😀 #FiestaFriday

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Aww thanks Ann! I love how this just so simple, 1 blender, super healthy and its DESSERT!!! haha I feel you! I have a sweet tooth too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hilda says:

    I am bookmarking this cake. I too love to bake almond cakes, and I’m sure this is a winner. Thanks for bringing this gorgeous dessert to Fiesta Friday.

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thanks Hilda!! This definitely is a winner! Thank you again for stopping by!!! 🙂

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  4. What a beautiful cake! I love the flavors that you combined. My daughter has to eat gluten free and she’s going to love this.

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you Julie!!! I’m sure she would love it! Even our friends who aren’t gluten free liked it! Let us know how it turns out!! 🙂

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  5. Raia T. says:

    Sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at AFT! 🙂 Always love checking out your recipes. 🙂

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you Raia! That is so sweet of you! Zoe and I love allergy free thursdays! Can’t wait to keep sharing recipes there!

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  6. Bethany says:

    This looks delicious! And so pretty, too!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thanks Bethany!!! 🙂 We really appreciate your compliment!

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  7. Tianna says:

    yummy! this looks delicious! thanks for sharing 😀

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thanks Tianna! It was our pleasure!

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  8. This looks amazing — and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! My daughter Zoey and I love to bake (and are suckers for juicy raspberries) so we’re going to have to try this one! #fdflinkparty

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Aww thank you! What a great compliment! I hope you and Zoey will enjoy this one! Let us know how it turns out! Zoe and I thoroughly enjoy baking together and WE LOVE spending time together!

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  9. swathiiyers says:

    These are perfect cake for the season, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning , tweeting.

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thanks!!! 🙂 Its a pleasure to have you visit our blog again! Thanks for hosting!

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  10. What a beautiful cake to celebrate your cousin’s birthday! Thank you for sharing your happy memories with her. I love how allergy friendly this recipe is and the flavours sound absolutely wonderful. Raspberry, orange and almond are perfect together. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

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    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank You April!! This cake really turned out pretty amazing! Its was easy to make and even easier to eat! Thanks for stopping by and always leaving kind comments! 🙂 We’re excited to keep coming back to Hearth and Soul Hop!

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