A gluten-free citrus almond cake and a new look

Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette

This place has a new look!

I’ve been thinking about a new design for a long time now and it’s great to see the blog wearing a new look. Tabitha, the most amazing designer (those illustrations!) helped convert my idea for the blog to reality. So thanks, Tabitha, for being patient with me!

The blog is now more practical, with a ‘search by ingredient’ feature located in the recipes page and a press page, listing all the people, blogs and company’s I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The updated about page has a new FAQ section where I post some frequent questions I receive, this includes where I get my props, what camera I use, etc…

Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette

You also may or may not have noticed that I have a Youtube icon in my sidebar… I made a goal for myself to start channel where I post videos of baking and other fun stuff. I haven’t posted any videos yet but there will be some here and there. You can find me here.

And now, onto this cake.

I remember I once made a cake like this a long time ago, maybe 4 years ago? I remember I made gluten free cake which only consists of almonds, eggs, sugar and oranges. It was a horrible cake, I’ll admit. The oranges weren’t cooked enough, it was bitter, undercooked and the center sunk. I was about 12 at the time so… don’t judge me.

This cake is basically the same, only I’ve adjusted the ratios and replaced the refined white sugar for a healthier alternative and added some lime and lemon zest to boost the citrus punch.

Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette

Gorgeous platter by Handmade Studio TN

To make this cake you need 2 boiled oranges. With skin. With seeds. Cover the orange with water and bring to a boil until tender, that’s about 1 1/2 hours of work.

You might have come across this technique but if not don’t be alarmed. The skin loses a large amount of its bitterness during the cooking process. Add sugar and all you taste is orange.

I love this cake because its so jam-packed with flavour, it’s super easy to make and it’s somewhat healthy. Plus- your house will begin to smell like citrus. There’s simply no wrongdoings here.

Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette

I’ve drizzled this cake with some sugar-free icing, just some of this stirred with a little almond milk and vanilla extract and topped with grapefruit slices and blueberries. Of course, you could leave the cake naked as it is.

Gluten-free citrus almond cake | La Gallette

Gluten-free citrus almond cake

Makes: 1 20cm cake


  • 2 large oranges, washed
  • 250g almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200ml brown rice syrup (or any other liquid/solid sweetener of your choice)
  • 6 eggs
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • decoration of your choice (optional)


  1. Place the oranges in a large pot full of warm water. Boil until the oranges are tender, about 1 1/2-2 hours.
  2. Drain the oranges and cool slightly before roughly slicing. Place the oranges in a large food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process until just combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 20cm round baking tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 60-75 minutes or until golden. Cool completely before decorating and slicing.

22 thoughts on “A gluten-free citrus almond cake and a new look

  1. Marion Ring

    Hi! Cake looks amazing! Just wondering how much sugar I would need if I didn’t want to make it sugar free? Thanks!

    1. Zainab

      Since this cake uses a liquid sweetener, the sweetening agent can’t be switched with solid sugars as it sets the consistency off whack.

      You could replace the brown rice syrup with honey or any other liquid sweetener though! Hope this helps x

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  3. Nicky

    Hiii!! Hope you’re well ! I just wanted to know what you’d suggest as an egg replacement ? Or if you could do an eggless cake recipe as many of my family members do not eat egg and are vegetarian (I understand you’ve been busy with exams and such lately hope all is well!

    Ps I LOVEEEE your recipes xxx

    1. Zainab

      Hi! For this cake I wouldn’t reccommend replacing the egg for something else as it’s the main thing that helps the cake bind together. xx

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  5. sabina

    I made the cake this evening, it s absolutely superb! !!!!
    But compare to yours mine seems more creamy, even I follow the instructions.
    Anyway is delicious :))))
    I love your blog
    Thanks for sharing 😉

  6. sabina

    I am going to try thus cake ASAP!
    Your blog is absolutely fantastic! !!!!
    Please release more recipes sugar free and glutin free!
    You are a star!

  7. Hazel MacDonald

    I’m a sucker for almond cakes, so had to look at this Pin. I’m by no means a good baker, but will certainly try this recipe.
    Thank you so much

  8. Hazel MacDonald

    I am a sucker for almond cakes, also a type 2 diabetic, so shouldn’t use sugar. When I saw thus pin, I had to study it, and although I’m not that good a baker, I shall certainly try to bake this cake.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Zainab

      Yay! I’m trying to share more gluten-free and sugar-free recipes, a lot of people have been requesting them these days!

      I hope you enjoy it xx

  9. erin

    Beautiful new site Zainab! And what lovely pics as always. Whole orange cakes are my fave. Something so satisfying about blending a whole orange! x

  10. Krys

    This citrus almond cake looks wonderfully light and delicious! I love the addition of grapefruit slices and blueberries on top too. It’s a beautiful new blog design by the way.


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