Orange And Almond Cake

I love the method that Ellie Goulding has used for her Orange And Almond Cake. An entire orange is cooked until soft, and then used, peel and all. Zero wastage for a healthy sweet treat!

Orange And Almond Cake
Orange And Almond Cake
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About 15 years ago, my Doctor prescribed an antihistamine with cortisone for when I got sore throats. The idea was that I would take them to stave off Bronchitis. I have to confess I mostly did not take them in time. With the onset of Covid and having recently recovered from Pneumonia I had to change my habit. I decided to take an antihistamine every night. On the upside, I have not had any lung issues for two years. But on the downside, my body has acclimated to the medication. Pre-pandemic, I would take an antihistamine when I had bouts of insomnia. But now the sleep side effects were gone! Last month I discussed this with the Pharmacist. She gave me an antihistamine specifically for sleeping. I read the package insert and it clearly stated that the tablets were not to be taken 2 nights in a row.

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Nor should they be consumed if I had any alcohol. That night I took the last of my Allergex, and then on Friday I took a pill to help me get a much needed good night’s’ sleep. I took nothing on Saturday or Sunday night. On Monday I was so itchy. Turns out that this is one of the side effects of antihistamine withdrawal. I found it quite ironic, as this is one of the reasons you would take this form of medication. That night I took another tablet. This time not with the aim to get a decent sleep. But because I did not want to scratch myself in my sleep. For the next week I weaned myself off the antihistamines so that when I really need them, they will work. Do you ever take something just for the side effects?

Orange And Almond Cake


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Orange And Almond Cake

This healthy cake is full of flavour and perfectly sweet
Recipe Category: Baking, Health
Makes enough for: 1 cake
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Fitter.Calmer.Stronger page 277


for the cake

  • 1 orange
  • water to cover
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • 100 g coconut sugar
  • 125 g almond flour
  • 5 mls baking powder

for the topping

  • 15 mls orange juice
  • 8 g honey
  • 5 g flaked almonds


for the cake

  • Place the orange into a saucepan and cover with water
  • Bring to the boil over a medium to high temperature and then lower the temperature slightly and leave to simmer until soft
  • This will take about 2 hours and the skin needs to be soft enough for a wooden spoon to break the skin
  • Remove the orange from the water and set aside to cool
  • When you can handle the orange, break it open and discard the seeds and central white core of pith
  • Place the orange into a blender and blitz until puréed
  • Preheat the oven to 170° Celsius
  • Place the eggs into a large mixing bowl and add the salt
  • Whisk until light and frothy
  • Add the coconut sugar and whisk to combine
  • Add the almond flour and baking powder and mix using a spatula to combine
  • Add the orange and fold in
  • Pour the batter into a lined 20cm baking tin
  • Place into the oven and bake for 40 minutes

for the topping

  • 10 minutes before the end of the baking time place the orange juice and honey into a small saucepan
  • Gently heat over a low to medium temperature, until the honey has melted
  • Remove from the heat and set aside
  • Place the almonds into a non stick frying pan and lightly toast
  • Remove the cake from the oven and brush the top of the cake with the melted honey
  • Sprinkle the almonds along the outer edge and then leave the cake to completely cool in the tin
  • Remove from the tin and store in an airtight container for up to a week
  • Serve with cream if desired
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10 thoughts on “Orange And Almond Cake

  1. The almond orange cake sounds like a wonderful recipe that uses lots of healthy ingredients, is gluten-free, and perfect for Passover ( will save for next year). I am fascinated about the antihistamine for insomnia. My husband has had difficulty sleeping for 15 years- he has tried sleeping pills ( from the doctor) and doesn’t help at all. Recently he tried CBD gummies- nothing… I’ll have him check with his doc about antihistamines… thanks Tandy.

  2. I see my previous comment didn’t post. I don’t know why. I use antihistamines and I change the brand regularly to prevent my body getting used to it.

  3. I’ve never heard that antihistamine can be used for treating insomnia (But it makes sense because I used to take it often to treat my allergies+asthma, and I would feel horribly drowsy!)
    This cake sounds delish, I love the combination of almond and orange.

  4. I’ve made a couple of orange loaf cakes in recent weeks and was quite pleased. Your recipe is very different and I’m intrigued to try it. I love the idea of using the whole orange. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Tandy.

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