Flourless Orange cake with Coconut cream cheese frosting

It was my Mom-ln-Law’s birthday on the 26th Jun. We were planning to go down to be with her but due to work commitments we could not make it. Hence I decided to bake the cake on her b’day and got Saana to cut the cake. She thinks for everyone’s birthday in the family she is responsible of cutting the cake 😉

Over to the recipe, while browsing through Nigella Lawson’s book the other day I had bookmarked 2 recipes, one being Flan and the other was this cake. 2 reasons why I wanted to make this cake ASAP (Glad I had a reason to bake!!) was because  I had some polenta sitting in the pantry for a while and wanted to use it up and the other, never made a flourless cake before. 

The original is flourless Lemon cake while I made an orange cake, with little changes. The cake was moist and tasted great . 


For the cake –

You need-

  • Unsalted butter – 200 grams soft + extra for greasing
  • Caster sugar – 200 grams
  • Ground almonds – 200 grams
  • Polenta – 100 grams fine
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • eggs – 3 nos
  • Orange juice – 20 mls
  • Orange zest – ½ teaspoon

How to-

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a non-stick spring form cake tin lined with a parchment paper. Set aside.

In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one by one, mixing continuously.



Once the eggs are fully mixed in, add the polenta, ground almonds and baking powder and mix again.

Once combined, add the zest, juice and continue to blend until fully combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or when wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake, comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.



You can decorate the cake with fresh fruits or the frosting of your choice. I have used Coconut cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese frosting –

You need

  • Unsalted butter (softened) – 1/4 cup
  • Cream cheese (softened) – 4 ounces
  • Icing sugar – 2 cups 
  • Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1/2 teaspoon


How to –

Blend butter and cream cheese till smooth and light.

Add icing sugar slowly. Add vanilla. Fold in desiccated coconut.

Spread on cooled cake.


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27 thoughts on “Flourless Orange cake with Coconut cream cheese frosting

  1. Wow Rekha,the orange version of the cake looks really yummy love the twist :).I too have some polenta set aside since long for the lemon cake and 2 lemons too.Just the drive to bake it is missing I guess that part is fueled now :)).

  2. I was actually waiting for a while to see this recipe, after seeing the 'Coming up Next' in FB 🙂 Loved this one to the core… Bookmarked 🙂

  3. I sincerely admire your baking skills and just love everything outcome of it. Baking is not for everyone and definitely I am not in the category. This flourless with the taste and fragrant of orange is too good to resist. Just adore how it turned out as the finale.

  4. Thank you So much Chitz 🙂 I can't wait to do the write-up and recipe most of the times, so u see the pic on FB first ;-).
    Waiting to hear from you on how the cake turns out!

  5. the cake looks really awesome rekha… how come i missed to see this??? I love the flavor of orange in cakes, gives a nice kick to it… wish could take that off the screen…

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