A different sort of Whole Orange Cake

The other day Katie180 put out a call on Facebook. Tell her two ingredients and she would suggest a recipe. I looked around my kitchen for two things that needed using. I’ve just come back from a visit from my Mum’s, who loaded me up with oranges from her garden. That was one thing.

The other thing I have loads of is organic rye flour. Living where I do buying in bulk is a good idea, but why I thought I’d get through 5kgs of rye flour quickly is beyond me. So, these were the two things I out forward.

Katie suggested fresh orange juice and because of the nature of the rye flour, something stodgy. Well, I’d been looking for and excuse to do a bit of baking so I put my thinking cap on. The forecast was for cold windy weather which in my mind calls for something cakey and puddingy and warm. Hence the creation of this cake.

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Whole Orange and Rye Cake with Orange and Rosemary Syrup

2 Organic Oranges

5 eggs

1 cup Organic Rye Flour

1 cup Almond Meal

1/2 cup Coconut Flour

2 tspn Baking Powder

2 Tblspn Honey

For the Orange and Rosemary Syrup

Juice and rind of one Organic Orange

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 water

1 sprig of Rosemary


Place 2 oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours until the oranges are soft. Set aside to cool. This can be done ahead of time.

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Pop the oranges in a food processor and process until they are a fine pulp. Add the eggs, one at a time, alternating these with the dry ingredients. Add the honey and a little water if the mixture looks a little dry.

Place all of this into a lined round 22cm cake tin. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the centre is firm.

While the cake is cooking place the syrup ingredients in a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Keep it nearby!


Take out of the oven and poke holes over the cake with a skewer. Pour over half of the warm syrup and let the cake sit for 20 minutes.

Then serve the warm cake with an extra drizzle of syrup and some thick yoghurt.

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By the way, any left over syrup makes an awesome drink if you add some soda water (and some gin or vodka, if you wish). Cheers!

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