Vegan Vanilla Cookies- Recipe Redux

vegan vanilla cookie

This month’s Recipe Redux started out with an interesting request. Which kitchen gadget is indispensable in our kitchen? There are so many that I use on a daily basis, but the one that gets the most use is a very simple scale. Ever since I made the change from volume measurements to weight based measurements, my […]

Midnight Secret Cake

Flourless Orange Almond gluten-free dairy-free ganache

When a good friend asked me recently for a killer gluten-free, dairy-free cake recipe for a friendly competitive potluck, I considered.

Knowing that the event was a celebration of a new marriage,that the bride is gluten and dairy intolerant. There are lots of kids to consider in the family who love great sweets.
Time is short for construction, the party is Saturday, but the friend who wants to make this cake is willing to try anything truly spectacular.
We finally have summer here in the Pacific Northwest, so my internal debate began with berry-full ideas. Maybe a great strawberry shortcake with coconut whipped cream?
Then again, battling the heat and standing time of a potluck situation would make that a bit risky.
Or a pie? I’ve been so inspired by pie since finally meeting Kate McDermott at BlogHerFood.
As lovely as a pie might be, spectacular isn’t an adjective I use to describe most.
But who knows, my opinion might change after Pie Camp. Hmmm, time to go back in my recipe archives to fun, beautiful things I’ve made.
Maybe spice cupcakes with maple marshmallow frosting?
Tough to transport and how to add that wow factor?And then it hit me.
This amazing cake I had made for a baby shower would be perfect!
Bob’s Red Mill Almond meal for the flours
Whole organic oranges for flavor, moistness and texture
Eggs for lift.
Elegant, pretty and perfect!

Well, almost perfect. The flavor is amazing but the appearance is quite plain.
Boiled oranges getting peeledOrange - removing the pithReady to processFlourless orange cake ready for the ovenReady for release- Flourless orange cakePouring the dairy free ganache
First Bite-Flourless Orange Almond CakeSo pretty, flourless orange cakeTrying to catch the pretty pale color.

So I debated the trick of stenciling the cake top, but even that didn’t have the true wow factor.

Danielle also loves chocolate, but her dairy reaction means that she is limited to the dark kind.
So I decided to combine the cake with a dark chocolate robe of dairy free ganache.

Dark, sexy chocolate makes everyone want a piece.

I love the surprising pop of orange color when you cut into this cake.
And you will too.Feel free to let it sit a day or so, it gets even better. I didn’t want to give away the secret so I didn’t add chocolate dipped orange peel to the decorations, but you can. :)

Competitive potluck? There is to be a judging of the various entries and a prize awarded for the people’s choice.

I’m betting on this one. How about you?

Flourless Almond Orange Cake with Dairy free Ganache
Recipe Type: Dessert, Cake, Dairy Free, Gluten-Free
Author: Dr. Jean Layton-GFDoctor
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
Serves: 12
[img src=”” width=”300″ height=”300″ /] When a good friend asked for a spectacular gluten free, dairy free cake, my thoughts turned to this one. Enjoy!
  • 2 Organic Valencia seedless oranges approximately 535 grams
  • 4 eggs
  • 215 grams (1 cup +1 teaspoon ) organic cane sugar
  • 300 grams (3 cups) almond meal
  • 10 grams 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  1. Cover oranges with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes
  3. Drain the oranges
  4. Cover them again with water
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, this reduces the bitterness of the oranges
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Remove the peel of the each orange with a paring knife, leaving as much pith (white part) on the orange.
  9. Place the peel in the bowl of a food processor.
  10. Remove the pith and discard,
  11. Section the orange, remove the center core.
  12. Add sections to the food processor.
  13. Puree the oranges till smooth.
  14. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs till well combined.
  15. Add the sugar and beat till light and fluffy.
  16. Fold in the almond meal, oranges and baking powder.
  17. Smooth the batter into the prepared springform pan.
  18. Place on bottom rack of the oven for 55-60 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.
  19. Allow to cool completely before glazing with [url href=””]Dairy Free Ganache[/url]