Almond Flour Poppyseed Blood Orange Cake

avatarFelicia Lim

Slice into a piece of this irresistibly good cake made with olive oil, poppy seeds, and juicy blood oranges!

I’ve always loved a good citrus cake, and this recipe is no exception. Along with its refreshing aroma, it’s made with zero grains, a natural sweetness, and comes completely gluten-free. Enjoy a slice for breakfast or serve it as a light snack to curb any sugar craving.

Instead of using traditional dairy butter, we opt for olive oil to fill the cake with healthy fats and vitamins. This helps keep the cake tender and moist while allowing the sweet flavors of blood oranges to shine through. The poppy seeds also provide a surprising light crunch while complementing the rich flavors of vanilla and maple syrup.

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Helpful Tips for Getting Started:

  • Use a wet spatula to spread the batter. Adding a little moisture to your spatula will help prevent the batter from sticking and make it easier to smooth out when adding to the baking pan.
  • Check for readiness with a toothpick. Although this recipe suggests one hour for baking time, it’s always a good idea to stick a toothpick into the center of the cake before removing it from the oven. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is good to go. Otherwise, allow the cake to bake for 10 more minutes before checking again.
  • Be patient with cooling times. We know it’s tempting, but you’ll want to give your cake time to cool in the pan at room temperature before serving. This will allow the cake to absorb residual heat while preventing it from breaking when you handle it.
  • Experiment with substitute ingredients, if needed. While this recipe calls for maple syrup, you can also swap in equal amounts of honey instead. If you’re out of almond flour, try subbing in equal amounts of cashew or walnut flour.
Felicia Lim


Total time:1 hr

Cook Time:50 mins 50 minutes

Prep Time: 10 mins 10 minutes

Serves:8 slices

Almond Flour Poppyseed Blood Orange Cake

Recipe by:author Felicia Lim

Slice into a piece of this irresistibly good cake made with olive oil, poppy seeds, and juicy blood oranges.



Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Vanilla extract (Frontier)
Olive oil (Sky Organics)
Almond flour (Hodgson Mill)
Coconut flour (Nutiva)
Baking powder (Hain)


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