Orange And Almond Mug Cake

This orange and almond mug cake did not rise as high as the top of the mug. Part of this has to do with the very tall mug I used. And the other reason is that the recipe uses almond flour and not regular flour, which provides more of a lift.

Orange And Almond Mug Cake
Orange And Almond Mug Cake
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Which oranges are the best to use for baking?

If your recipe calls for juice; or juice and zest, then I would suggest you look for a Valencia orange. These yield an amazing amount of juice, and are sweet. Despite their name being Spanish, the Valencia orange was first grown in California. In Spain you will find Seville oranges which are perfect for making marmalade. Valencia oranges are a summer fruit, as opposed to Navel oranges which are harvested in winter. Navel oranges have a pebbled and smooth skin which is great for zesting. Considered to be the best tasting oranges in the world, these are the ones I most look forward to buying. They are seedless and peel easily, which is a bonus in my opinion. If I lived in Ortigia I would buy Sicilian red oranges, as they are grown in the region and have a unique flavour, perfect for baking.

Almond flour vs ground almonds:

The original recipe calls for ground almonds, also known as almond meal. To make almond meal, whole raw almond are ground until a coarse flour like texture is achieved. Almond flour on the other hand, is made from blanched and peeled almonds. I prefer to use this as it is lighter in colour, and has a smoother texture. Use whichever you prefer, keeping in mind that ground almonds will be darker in colour. If you are going to make your own, I suggest that you weigh out the nuts as per the amount of flour needed. Then add the called for amount of sugar. Grind these together to prevent the nuts forming a paste.

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Orange And Almond Mug Cake


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Orange And Almond Mug Cake

This gluten free mug cake has a lovely crumb
Recipe Category: Baking, Dessert
Makes enough for: 1 person


  • 53 g xylitol
  • 30 mls canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 35 g almond flour
  • 2.5 mls baking powder


  • Place the xylitol, oil, egg and zest into a 300ml mug
  • Whisk with a fork until smooth then add the almond flour and baking powder
  • Whisk again with the fork until just smooth
  • Place into the microwave and cook on 900W for 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Remove from the microwave and enjoy!
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18 thoughts on “Orange And Almond Mug Cake

  1. Still have not made a mug cake but you are making me curious! So few ingredients not even sinful! and so little time needed! Love red oranges but they have a very short season here and are not even available everywhere. We here love our Navel oranges but daresay Valencias are juicier!

  2. this looks like a quick and tasty dessert Tandy. I tend to use hazelnut meal for baking as i prefer the flavour. I guess you can use whatever nut meal you like really 🙂

  3. There was a period when I was making mug cakes regularly for myself. 20 years ago it was not so easy to find Gluten Free cakes so I would make my own. The almond and orange sound like a wonderful combination of flavors.

  4. I love this idea, Tandy. The combination of flavors would be delicious. It would have been perfect for breakfast this morning. (Okay… It would’ve been if I weren’t allergic to eggs, but neither calories nor allergies exist in virtual food! 😅 )
    Big hugs.

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