Blood Orange Almond Cake (Vegan & Gluten Free)

It’s blood orange season and I wanted to make something which really showed off their lovely flavour and beautiful appearance. I love adding them to my oats at time of year but I thought they deserved something a bit more special to show them off in style.

Plus I’ve had this orange and almond cake in mind for just this occasion. I think it’s perfect, not too sweet which a lovely almond flavour coming through. I made a quick syrup to drizzle on top when the cake had cooled a little while added some moisture and an extra organgy zing. Optional, but adds something extra.

Amazingly my delicious orange and almond cake is both vegan and gluten free, I really don’t think you’d ever know it.

As ever my cake has been taste tested by myself and cake loving Andy, the feedback? Well it was dovoured within a day and a half!

Non Blood Orange version – gorgeously bright!

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  8-10 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  45 minutes cook time


  • 1 1/4 cup organic gluten free flour – I used Doves Farm
  • ¾ cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  •  ½ tsp sea salt
  •  1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 7 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1 cup fresh blood orange juice or orange juice
  •  1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest 2 oranges finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange blossom extract or orange essence
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
    Syrup – optional:
  •  1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Pre heat you oven to Gas mark 4
  2. Oil then line a 8inch springform baking pan.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, sugar, baking powder and ground almonds into a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Combine the orange juice, oil, zest, vinegar, vanilla, orange and almond extracts in another bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour into the dry mixture and mix until the batter is smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for aprox 45 minutes. Test by inserting a prong into the center of the cake to see if it comes out clean.
  6. When cooled a little turn out onto a cooling rack.
  7. Drizzle with orange syrup and top with sliced blood oranges or fruit of choice.

To make the syrup;

  1. Add the orange juice and maple syrup to a small pan and heat on a low heat for 5-10 minutes until the juice has reduced slightly.
  2. When the cake has cooled a little, drizzle the syrup over the top.

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  1. Ayesha on July 29, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Hello Niki,

    I live in USA, Which GF flour do you recommend to use for this cake since I cant find Dove Farm brand here. I really want to make this cake it looks so tempting!!!


    • Niki on August 1, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Hi Ayesha
      I think maybe Bob’s Red Mill GF could be an option?
      Lots of love
      Niki xx

  2. Virpal on April 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    What gives the cake chocolate colored look?

    • Niki on April 20, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Its the dark blood oranges.
      My best
      Niki xxx

  3. Caroline Clarke on March 14, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Could you do these as individuals in a muffin tin? How long should I bake for?

    • Niki on March 14, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Caroline
      I havent tried but I’m sure you could.
      Definitely reduce the time and keep your eye on them.
      Good luck
      Niki xxx

  4. Niki on January 12, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Excellent recommendation Ritchie
    Niki x

  5. Laura on December 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I would love to try some of your recipes. When you say gas mark 4, what does this mean? I’m not familiar.

    • Niki on December 28, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Hi Laura
      Gas mark 4 is 180c
      Much love
      Niki xxx

  6. Nina on November 18, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Can I convert the recipe and use plain flour? Same amount of flour? We are not gluten free. Would I add the same amounts of being soda and baking powder? Thanks

    • Niki on December 8, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Hi Nina
      Absolutely, just swap with the same amount.
      Niki xxx

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  8. Anne on June 22, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    As gluten intolerant vegan, I find it almost impossible to find a cake that doesn’t taste like all the good stuff has been substituted. This cake is delicious!! I made it for my son’s birthday party and have made it lots of times since, anytime I need cake to impress! You’re a genius!! Thank you!!

    • Niki on November 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Anne
      Im so so happy!
      And my pleasure xxx

  9. Emma on January 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    This is a beautiful cake, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    • Niki on January 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      So happy you like Emma!
      Niki xx

  10. Ange on January 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Do you think you can substitute the oranges for lemons in this recipe? Thanks

    • Niki on January 15, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Hi Ange
      I haven’t tried but I think so, yes.
      I would definitely add more sweetener though.
      My best
      Niki xx

  11. Jane on July 1, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Really looks scrumptious- can’t wait to try this!

    • Niki on July 2, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much Jane xx

  12. Rachel on February 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Niki! So I have Doves plain gluten free flour but now I’m struggling to find the orange blossom extract, orange extract seems to be more common – what do you use please?

    • Niki on February 12, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Rachel
      Orange extract will be gorgeous in this cake.
      Love, Niki xx

  13. Rachel on February 4, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    This looks yummy! 😉 Which organic gluten free flour do you use please?

    • Niki on February 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you Rachel!
      I used Doves Farm.
      Best wishes
      Niki xx

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