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Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

A show stopping dessert that is naturally grain and dairy free! Low carb version offered. And be sure to allow enough time to boil oranges in advance.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free recipe, easy dessert recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • Organic cooking spray orĀ 1 tablespoon butter for pan
  • 5 whole organic oranges, 2 boiled, the rest sliced for the top of cake (if using blood oranges I buy 2 navel oranges for boiling and 3 blood oranges for a pretty top)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup organic granulated sugar plus more for dusting (If making low carb version use Lankanto 1 for 1 monk fruit sweetener)
  • 2 cups almond meal, I use 'fine' almond meal for a fluffier cake, but regular works fine too
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract


  1. To do ahead: fill pot with water and boil two oranges for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and move oven rack to lower third of oven. Wipe side of cake pan with butter or spray with organic cooking spray. Cut parchment paper into a circle and place it in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with generously with organic granulated sugar (or lankanto monk fruit sweetener if making the low carb version). Set aside.

  3. Take the two boiled oranges, cut in half and remove seeds if there are any. Place in blender and blend until smooth
  4. Slice remaining oranges very thinly and place in a single layer into the bottom of pan, overlapping a little, set aside (you may have extra)
  5. Use a stand or hand mixer to beat eggs and sugar (or stevia) until they become a little fluffy (4-5 minutes)
  6. Add almond meal, baking powder, orange puree and vanilla, beat another 60 seconds
  7. Pour batter into pan (over sliced oranges)
  8. Place in oven for 45 minutes or until center of cake is firm
  9. Remove from oven, allow to cool for ten minutes. Use a knife to separate the cake from edges of the pan. When cake is cool enough to touch, remove from pan, set cake on plate, remove parchment and dust with sugar. Serve.