Does Flourless Cake Have to be Chocolate?

If you’re like me, when you see the words flourless cake, you may breathe a secret sigh of relief. Just think how easy it would be to make a gluten-free cake if I didn’t have to worry about which flour, mix, or flour blend to use!

As I started to explore the idea of flourless cake, I noticed that many flourless cakes recipes contain chocolate. That works great for me because I can’t get enough chocolate, but I know that some of you are not chocolate lovers. So if you’re not a chocolate lover, is there a flourless cake for you?

Yes, there is! Here’s a recipe for Orange and Pecan cake. This cake contains no flour AND no chocolate. And did I mention, it’s delicious?


Orange and Pecan Cake


2 large oranges

Water to cover


6 free range eggs, beaten

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups ground pecans

Powdered Sugar

Scrub the oranges well before boiling them whole in enough water so that they are well covered. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about half an hour until the oranges become completely soft. Cool, cut in half and remove the seeds. Place the oranges in a food processor and blend to a purée.

Preheat oven to 375º. Butter a 9 1/2 inch baking pan – ideally a spring form pan.

In large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and beat the eggs with the sugar until they are well mixed. Fold in the baking powder, ground pecans and orange purée until evenly combined.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about an hour or until firm to the touch. (Cook a little longer if the cake seems too moist for your taste.) Place on a rack and cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.

The cake is delicious with just powdered sugar, but for additional pizazz beat some vanilla or grand marnier into mascarpone, yogurt, or crème fraîche and top the cake, then sprinkle with orange zest. Another option is to garnish with sliced oranges and sprinkle with pecan pieces.

Yum! I love a fresh citrusy taste in the spring. It just seems to go with all that budding new greenery and bright sunshine. What do you think? Is this a great cake for a spring party?

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Author: Cheri Thriver

Hello, Cheri Thriver here blogging about cooking, thriving, and the intersection of the two. I’ve been living a gluten-free lifestyle for over 15 years. I understand that it’s rarely a lack of knowledge or the availability of appropriate food that keeps us from making healthy choices. More often than not, it’s an emotional connection, previous trauma, or fear of social reprisal that keeps us stuck. My wish is that you’ll find something here that informs, entertains, or inspires you to change anything that needs to be changed for you to live fully and thrive.

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