Whole Orange Cake

Aug 14, 2023 | Recipes

Our Quest for Life chef, Katie, has this special recipe to share – a totally divine cake made with whole fresh oranges – yes, rind and all!

A delicious moist cake with a beautiful fresh orange flavour. It’s a terrific easy cake for gatherings. Made with only 5 ingredients – oranges, almond meal, sugar, eggs and baking powder, its gluten-free and lactose-free.

Using the whole orange gives an incredible flavour. Boiling the oranges removes the bitterness of the pith as well as softening the oranges to make them “jammy”.

It’s a firm favourite at Quest.


2 medium oranges

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

6 large eggs

1 and 1/4 cups white sugar

2 and 3/4 cups almond meal


  1. Boil oranges whole for 10 minutes, let drain and repeat this boiling process in 3 x 10-minute intervals. Once done, drain and let cool.
  2. Once cool, roughly slice or dice the oranges and mix in a blender until it becomes like jam.
  3. Add baking powder and eggs, mix thoroughly in a blender, then add the remaining dry ingredients (sugar and almond meal). If it won’t fit in a blender, you can mix this through by hand.
  4. Once mixed, put in an oiled (or lightly sprayed) cake pan. Bake for 60 minutes at 160 degrees fan-forced oven, or 180 degrees non-fan-forced oven.

Quest’s chefs create the smorgasbord of delicious recipes that participants are treated to on our 5-day Residential Programs at the Quest for Life Centre in beautiful Bundanoon, New South Wales.

The Quest kitchen team are more than happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements for participants. They love to treat anyone whose birthday falls during their stay with us to a delicious birthday cake made with love, from scratch.

For more delicious and healthy recipes like this, see Petrea King’s eBook – Food for Life

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