This keto orange cake recipe uses whole oranges, rind, and all, including the white parts, to impart maximum orange flavor.
The cake uses a combination of almond and coconut flour for the best texture. It’s a moist cake that uses no dairy.
This is a delicious whole orange keto cake for anyone doing a low-carb diet missing oranges. A Moroccan Moorish cake that is bursting with orange flavor and uses only healthy ingredients.
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Keto Orange Cake
Whether you are looking for a great low carb orange dessert that is keto-friendly or a snack to enjoy with your favorite cup of hot beverage, this low-carb orange cake is one you will want to make and be proud to share.
I chose to make this an orange bundt cake because it makes a gorgeous cake that needs no icing or frosting.
It’s a keto pound cake recipe that has a delicious orange flavor and only 3 grams of net carbs per serving.
I love making this cake for a special occasions. But it freezes beautifully and can be stored in an airtight container for meal planning your desserts.
Is Sugar-Free Orange Cake Keto?
Being “keto” is a metabolic state, not an ingredient. What this means is that technically speaking, you can consume a number of foods and still be “keto” as long as you remain in ketosis.
With that being said, some individuals will get a glucose response because they are highly insulin resistant while others will not.
Testing your ketones is a great way to know where you are on your journey and what ingredients do or do not kick you out of ketosis. This orange cake will not kick you out of ketosis because it does not have orange juice.
Pure orange juice has loads of carbs and virtually no fiber. That’s not the case with this recipe.
This low carb orange cake is unique in that it utilizes the entire orange, skin and all giving the cake extra fiber and moisture and eliminating the need for dairy,
The oranges are boiled in water to reduce the bitterness of the skin but it takes a Then you strain the entire orange to get a fragrant, delicious pulp. You’re actually utilizing all of the fiber
This does not mean I am giving people a license to eat junk food while on keto but you should know that this cake will not take you out of ketosis.
Ingredients Needed To Make A Whole Orange Keto Cake
- Whole oranges, washed (organic is best)
- Finely milled almond flour ( no additional sifting needed)
- Coconut flour
- Eggs, room temperature
- Granulated sugar-substitute
- Vanilla extract
- Orange extract
- Baking powder
- Orange zest
How To Make A Keto Orange Cake
The fact that you will be boiling a couple of oranges and then pureeing them means that the recipe will take a little longer. That being said it is totally worth the little extra effort.
Not to mention that your home will smell like an orange orchard.
Plus, you can opt to boil and chop the oranges the day before. Then the next day, just allow the chopped oranges to come to room temperature before pureeing and using in the recipe.
Boiling Whole Oranges
You’ll start by washing well the oranges before placing them into a pot and covering them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 10 minutes.
After the ten-minute mark, you’ll need to drain the water and add fresh water and boil again. You’ll need to do this one more time for a total of three times.
Once the oranges have fully cooked allow them to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing them into 1/4 inch slices. Remove the seeds and give them a rough chop.
Next, place the cooked oranges into the food processor. Puree the orange on high being sure to scrape the sides as needed. You may need to do this in batches unless you have a large-capacity food processor.
Note that the orange mixture does not have to be completely smooth. Set it aside and proceed to make the cake batter.
Boiling Orange Shortcut
You could boil the oranges for 40 minutes without draining them for faster results. If you go this route you will need to keep an eye on the water level and add more water if necessary.
Note that this will not remove the bitterness as well as when you boil, drain and repeat the process.
Keto Orange Cake Batter
To make the cake batter, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then grease well a 12 cup capacity bundt pan. (If it needs to be dairy-free use avocado or refined coconut oil to grease the pan. Otherwise use butter.
Then in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer or stand-up mixer, combine the cooked and pureed orange mixture with the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange extract. These will be the wet ingredients.
Once this is well combined, add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt (your dry ingredients) and mix until the cake batter is fully incorporated. Note that the batter will be thick, this is normal.
Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The baking time will vary depending on your oven.
Then allow your cake to cool on a cooling rack before unmolding the bundt cake onto a cake stand or large plate.
I decorated my cake with fresh orange slices but did so for the pretty pictures. I don’t recommend you eat the garnish so that the carb count doesn’t go higher. You could just decorate with some orange peel instead.
Best Sugar-Substitutes For Sugar-Free Orange Cake
To make this delicious cake, you can use your sweetener of choice, but it needs to be sugar-free in order for this orange pound cake to be considered keto.
keto-friendly. My top choice is a monk fruit erythritol blend for best results. My personal favorite is Lakanto’s brand.
I also use Swerve an erythritol sugar substitute with great success.
You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand like Pyure for most of my baked goods. However, if using Pyure you will want to use half the amount called for in this recipe since it’s a much sweeter choice.
Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda or a generic brand of the same. I know not everyone would agree with me here and I respect that but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar.
I sure hope you will make this keto-friendly orange cake recipe a try.
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- 2 medium whole oranges, washed (organic is best)
- 2 1/2 cups of finely milled almond flour ( no additional sifting needed)
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 6 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar-substitute
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of orange extract
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of fresh orange zest to garnish the cake
- Orange slices for garnish only optional
Boil Whole Oranges
- After washing the oranges, place the whole oranges in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 10 minutes. After the 10-minute mark, drain the water and add fresh water to cover and boil again. Do this one more time for a total of three times.
- Allow the oranges to cool completely before slicing them into 1/4 inch slices and remove the seeds before chopping and then add the cooked oranges into a food processor. Puree the orange on high being sure to scrape the sides as needed. You may need to do this in batches unless you have a large-capacity food processor. The orange mixture does not have to be completely smooth. Set it aside and proceed to make the cake batter.
Orange Cake Batter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease well a 12 cup capacity bundt pan. (If making dairy-free use avocado or refined coconut oil to grease the pan. Otherwise use butter.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer combine the cooked and pureed orange mixture with the eggs, vanilla extract, and orange extract. Once this is well combined, add sugar substitute, the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until the cake batter is fully incorporated.
- Add the batter to the prepared pan. Note that the batter will be thick, this is normal.
- Then bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting it to a baking rack and then transferring it to a cake plate.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze in an airtight container.
Boiling Orange Shortcut
- You could boil the oranges for 40 minutes without draining them for faster results. If you go this route you will need to keep an eye on the water level and add more water if necessary. Note that this will not remove the bitterness as well as when you boil, drain and repeat the process.
- You can opt to boil and chop the oranges the day before. The next day allow it to come to room temperature before pureeing and using in the recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 13.9gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 6.1gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 3.1gProtein: 8g