Gluten free orange cake with chocolate drizzle 

The idea of baking something gluten free often involves a lot of added ingredients such as xantham gum, gluten free flour etc. So when I come across a recipe which has most of the ingredients to be found in your kitchen cupboard or the local supermarket I can’t wait to try it out.

This recipe was atcually called chocolate orange cake, but with very little chocolate used I decided to up the orange flavour by adding orange zest and syrup and make it a gluten free orange cake.

The added syrup makes this cake exta moist and bursting with flavour. But be careful not to over soak the sponge or it might turn into mush!


250g butter

250g caster sugar

1 orange zest 

4 eggs

125g rice flour 

125g ground almonds 

1 tsp baking powder 


75 ml orange juice

40g sugar 

50g dark chocolate, melted  


Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest together until pale and fluffy. This should take about 5 minutes  Crack in the eggs, one at a time and whisk until all incorporated  Fold in the rest of the dry cake ingredients and then pour the mix into a prepared cake tin before baking for 30-35 minutes

Meanwhile make the syrup by adding the orange juice and sugar into a pan and bringing it to a simmer to dissove the sugar, then set aside

Remove the cake and stab holes all over the cake with a skewer 

Carefully pour the syrup into the cake and leave to cool  

 Finally drizzle over the melted chocolate    


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