A wanted an orange cake for his birthday, so I made two versions: one for him, and one for me. Hey, I wasn’t going to miss out on orange cake!
This cake is moist and absolutely delicious. It contains all things coconut: coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut flour. It’s held together with eggs, sweetened with honey and flavored with orange zest. I’m not a lover of frosting, but this was pretty good, although I think the cake would be great on its own.
(By the way, I made that cake stand! It’s a plate stuck onto an upturned bowl. Cooh, eh?)
MOIST COCONUT FLOUR ORANGE CAKE WITH FROSTING (paleo, gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)
makes one 20 cm (8 inch) round cake
for the cake
- 6 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
- 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
- 60 g (1/2 c) coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 130 g (6 tablespoons) raw honey, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder*
- juice of 1/2 orange
for the frosting
- 110 g (1/2 c) melted coconut oil
- 22 g (1 tablespoon) raw honey
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1 tiny pinch sea salt
* to make your own baking powder, mix together 2 parts cream of tartar to one part bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Line the base and sides of a 20 cm (8 inch) round spring-form pan with parchment paper.
2. To make the cake: mix all of the ingredients together. Transfer batter to the prepared pan, and bake in the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
3. Unmold the cake while warm and transfer to a serving plate. Poke holes into the surface of the cake using a cocktail stick/skewer. Slowly drizzle the orange juice over the cake, allowing the juice to soak into the cake. Let cool.
4. To make the frosting: mix everything together, and then chill in a refrigerator until the mixture turns cloudy. When ready, beat with electric beaters until the mixture resembles softened butter. Spread over the cake. Slice and enjoy!