Orange Almond & Poppy Seed Cake, Millie's

Millie Johnson


This cake is simply orange sunshine goodness. And it's gluten free, too ! It is a dense, moist cake that is perfect with just the glaze. Hubby really likes this one.
I have been playing around with gf recipes since I have a friend who is gluten intolerant. WE eat it just because it is so darn delicious !

This cake does not rise high, so don't be alarmed, lol. :)

★★★★★ 1 vote
15 Min
45 Min



naval oranges for juicing and zesting
1 1/2 c
white rice flour
1 c
almond flour
2 tsp
baking powder
3/4 c
fresh squeezed orange juice, reserve 1/4c. for glaze * zest before juicing
1 1/2 tsp
orange zest *reserve 1/2 tsp. for glaze
1 stick
melted butter (4oz.)
1/2 c
buttermilk or thinned kefir
4 large
3/4 c
pure maple syrup
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract


1/4 c
orange juice, fresh
1/3 c
powdered sugar (more or less)
1/2 tsp
orange zest and a sprinkle of poppy seeds for garnish

How to Make Orange Almond & Poppy Seed Cake, Millie's


  • 1Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter and set aside. Zest oranges then juice and strain them. You'll need 1 tsp. zest for the cake and 1/2 tsp. for the glaze. Reserve 1/4 c. of the orange juice for the glaze also.
  • 2In large bowl, combine white rice flour, almond flour and baking powder and stir to mix. Now add 1/2 cup orange juice, eggs, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds, 1/2 c. buttermilk or thinned kefir, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir to mix well.
  • 3Take a brush and brush a 10 1/2 inch spring-form pan with some of the melted butter, then sprinkle some extra rice flour onto the pan to lightly dust the bottom and sides.
  • 4Now add the rest of the melted butter into the batter, a little at a time, stirring between additions. Beat with mixer on med. high for 1 minute. Pour into pan, smooth then bake for 40- 45 minutes or until light golden brown. (it will look like cornbread)
  • 5Remove from oven and let set in pan 5 minutes. Release, then turn onto plate, then invert onto serving plate. (this puts the top back on top) Let cool a little.
  • 6~~~~~~~~ GLAZE ~~~~~~~~~
    In little pot add in 1/4 cup orange. Over medium heat, reduce by half.
    In small bowl add powdered sugar then pour in reduced orange juice. If too thick add a tad of milk or water, or a wee bit more orange juice (if you had some left over).
  • 7Pour glaze over cake and spread with a smooth knife. (Cake can be slightly warm.) Sprinkle the 1/2 tsp. orange zest and a little poppy seeds over the glaze to garnish. Enjoy !

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About Orange Almond & Poppy Seed Cake, Millie's

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free