Flourless Orange-Saffron Cake Recipe

Yvonne Ruperti

Whole pureed oranges make this the moistest cake I've ever had. Ground almonds and a honey syrup complete the Middle Eastern theme.

Recipe Facts



Active: 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 10 to 12 servings
Makes: 1 cake

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  • 3 seedless oranges (6 ounces each), washed, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, divided

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ouncesgranulated sugar

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) slivered almonds, finely ground

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch springform pan with parchment and butter pan.

  2. Place two whole oranges (unpeeled) in microwave safe bowl and cover. Heat on high power until oranges are very soft and liquid is beginning to pool at bottom of bowl, 6 to 8 minutes. In small bowl, stir 1 tablespoon of the juice in bottom of bowl with 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads. When oranges are cool enough to handle, slice into quarters and process in food processor until pureed.

  3. In large bowl, whisk sugar with eggs until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Toss almonds with baking powder in small bowl and then whisk into mixture. Whisk melted butter and saffron with juice into mixture. Whisk in orange puree.

  4. Pour into pan and bake until golden and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool 1 hour.

  5. Zest strips of outer peel from remaining orange and then juice orange. In small saucepan heat zest, juice, honey, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads until warm.

  6. Invert cake onto serving plate and remove paper. Poke holes into cake with skewer and pour syrup over cake. Cool to room temperature and serve.

Special equipment

springform pan, microwave, food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
279 Calories
14g Fat
33g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 21mg 105%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 234mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)