Gluten-Free Orange Almond Loaf Cake

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Partially sliced loaf of gluten-free orange almond cake surrounded by fresh oranges

Did you hear? Orange zest and almond extract planned a party with a gluten-free cake, and you’re all invited. Buckle up! We’ll drive. 

This perfectly sweet and moist cake is gluten-free PERFECTION and is sure to steal the show at your next brunch or gathering. Plus, just 10 ingredients and 1 bowl required. Let us show you how it’s done!

Eggs, orange zest, oranges, almond flour, orange juice, cane sugar, brown rice flour, olive oil, baking powder, salt, almond extract, and potato starch

To start this lovely loaf, cane sugar combines with orange zest for BIG, zesty flavor. Next come the liquid ingredients — eggs for a perfectly fluffy yet moist result, orange juice for sweet orange flavor, and olive oil for richness. A splash of almond extract joins the party, but you can invite vanilla instead if you prefer.

Pouring orange juice into a bowl with other wet ingredients

Next the batter comes together with a combination of gluten-free flours for the perfect crumb texture: almond flour, potato starch, and brown rice flour. Finally, the addition of baking powder and salt ensure a fluffy loaf with balanced flavor!

Stirring together cake batter

After transferring the batter to its pan, a delicate (but optional) sprinkle of sugar adds a sparkly sweet touch to the final loaf.

Parchment-lined loaf pan filled with batter

After baking, the last (and hardest) step is to let it cool before slicing and sharing (if you have to).

Partially sliced loaf of orange almond cake on a cooling rack

We hope you LOVE this orange almond cake! It’s:

Perfectly sweet
& Undetectably gluten-free!

It pairs especially well with a cup of tea or some dairy-free milk. Enjoy for brunch, gatherings, as a sweet weekend treat, or to add brightness to gloomy winter days!

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Close-up shot of hands holding a slice of orange almond cake to show the moist texture

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Loaf Cake

Undetectably gluten-free and dairy-free orange almond cake! Perfectly sweet, moist, and zesty with an ideal crumb texture. Just 10 ingredients and 1 bowl required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Fresh oranges around a partially sliced orange almond loaf cake
4.75 from 20 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 (Slices)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-3 Days


  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar (plus more for garnish)
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange zest (~2 large oranges zested)
  • 2 large eggs* (preferably pasture-raised, organic when possible // see notes if vegan)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice, pulp free (~2 large oranges juiced)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (or sub vanilla extract if you aren’t a fan of almond!)
  • 2 cups almond flour (we like Wellbee's)
  • 3/4 cup potato starch (or sub GF blend*)
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour (or sub GF blend*)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (162 C), and line a standard size loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar and orange zest until well combined and fragrant. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. Then add the orange juice, olive oil, and almond extract and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the almond flour, potato starch, brown rice flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine and break up any lumps of flour. The batter should be semi-thick but pourable.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, spread it out evenly with a spatula, and top with a sprinkle of cane sugar for a sparkly sweet touch (optional).
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then carefully lift from the pan with the parchment paper and let cool completely on a wire rack — about 1 hour. Once the cake is completely cooled, gently remove the parchment paper.
  • Enjoy immediately with a cup of tea or some dairy-free milk! Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 2-3 days (we find it best within the first 1-2 days). Cake can be frozen for up to 1 month. Let thaw before slicing.



*Potato starch + brown rice flour yields a fluffier result, but you can sub them for a GF flour blend, such as our 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend or DIY Blend. If not gluten-free, all-purpose flour should work, though we haven’t tested it — let us know if you do.
*In place of eggs, you can sub flax eggs, but we tested many variations and strongly preferred eggs in this recipe. With flax eggs, it will be a little grainy and not as flavorful, and the texture will be very crumbly (best eaten on a plate with a fork vs. being handheld).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Prep time includes cooling.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 slice Calories: 301 Carbohydrates: 28.8 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 19.5 g Saturated Fat: 2.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 12.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 37 mg Sodium: 182 mg Potassium: 200 mg Fiber: 3.3 g Sugar: 15.3 g Vitamin A: 54 IU Vitamin C: 5 mg Calcium: 92 mg Iron: 1 mg

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  1. Emma says

    I’m not GF and didn’t have potato starch or brown rice flour. Just wanted to use what I already had on hand, so I subbed with 3/4 C whole wheat pastry flour and 1/3 C glutinous rice flour. I was curious how the texture would turn out, and was pleasantly surprised! It was moist, slice-able, just the right density, and couldn’t even detect a whole wheat flavor. I think the glutinous rice flour gave it a bit of “bounce” as well. Great recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it was a success, Emma. Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  2. Natali says

    A favorite in my family! I have made it several times but i sub the potato starch for tapioca and i have experimented with it by adding some curcuma powder and cardamom powder into the mix. It turned out even more aromatic and interesting! Next time i plan to also add some ginger powder.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sounds lovely! We’re so glad you and your family enjoy it! Thanks so much for sharing, Natali!

  3. Nancy says

    I was already in love with that loaf cake, but tried it tonight with grapefruit instead of orange, and I totally had a blast!
    Added with a orange blossom water frosting on the top, and you got some incredible cake to present!

  4. Jane R. says

    First of all, I love your recipes and this one definitely included. Delicious! I used maple syrup instead of the sugar and it turned out fine.
    Secondly, can you consider a coconut loaf cake (gf and vegan) please?

  5. Marn says

    I didn’t have cane sugar, so I subbed in granulated sugar. This was very tasty and got raves from the friends we had over for tea. Definitely going into my keeper file. Thank you!

  6. Blythe says

    Really delicious flavor, very easy to make. Doubled the almond extract and added some oat milk to thin the batter but otherwise followed as written. Will definitely make again

  7. shlomit says

    um this cake is SO GOOD. First time around added craisins with the orange zest (I found 2 TBSP oj zest to be a bit too much for my taste though)

    I followed the advice of other reviews and replaced the eggs with the Bob Mills egg replacer.

    Second time around I swapped the OJ out for almond milk and added 2 tbsp more of sugar, plus oat milk chocolate chips, and doubled the amount of almond extract.
    The consistency is soft, moist, rich, and super yummy with a cup of tea.
    I used corn starch bc it was all I had and it still worked! Also split the almond flour and brown rice flour evenly

  8. Nancy Moll says

    Very good and will make again. Will add more almond flavor and maybe oj glaze on top. Was a tad dry, but I subbed white rice flour for brown…maybe that made it a little dry. Will try again soon.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nancy, white rice flour and brown rice flour typically have different results, so that could cause some dryness. Thanks for the great review!

  9. Karen R. says

    This was so delicious that we made it 3 times in one week! We needed to pick the last of our blood oranges and they were perfect for this recipe. The moistness varied from cake to cake and I thought perhaps the size of the eggs could have made the difference. Either way we sliced it, it was a hit!! Thanks for another delicious recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Karen. We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed this loaf so much!

  10. Jen says

    Made this the other night. I only had 1/3 cup of potato starch so used corn starch for the rest. Its a hit with everyone and super easy to make. I might try an orange glaze next time to make it a little more fancy but it really doesn’t NEED it, its yummy the way it is.

  11. Tina says

    I made this recipe last night and all I can say is WOW! Such a lovely treat. I didn’t have any rice flour, but I did have King Authur’s gluten free flour blend and used that in place of the potato starch and the brown rice flour. It is a lot more dense, but still delicious. The orange flavor really pops! However, I think in the future, I’ll use more almond flavoring. With just 1/4 teaspoon, I’m not tasting the almond as much as I’d like. Love these simple and delicious recipes. Thank you!

  12. Linsey says

    I followed the recipe exactly, but this just was a miss for me. The texture was dense but suuuuuuper crumbly, and somehow both moist AND dry?? I think the dense-ness lended to the moist feel but the crumbly-ness lended to the dry feel. It sounds weird but I didn’t like how it felt in my mouth.

    The flavor was good but I could’ve gone for a deeper orange flavor (I used two oranges worth of zest and measured out the OJ from regular orange juice). I liked it better cold the next day after being in the fridge overnight compared to room temp after cooling.

    Overall I didn’t hate it but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would want to when eating a dessert type bread.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this loaf cake, Linsey. Was either your almond flour or brown rice flour “super fine”? We have found that super fine flours are more absorbent and can make things more crumbly, so we’re just curious. Thanks for sharing your honest feedback!

    • Kat says

      A couple things you could try that might help is letting your batter rest for 15 to 20 minutes before you bake it. It allows the flours to hydrate better before the baking process changes them. Also crumbly could do with another egg or reduce your flour slightly.

      Gf flours really differ from brand to brand and sometimes package to package. It is why i try to findcand use recipes in metric with a scalefor more consistent results. Your almond flour might not be as fine too which can make a big difference.

  13. Brionna says

    I would love to make this recipe, but we have a deathly nut allergy in our house. Any ideas for what to sub the almond flour with? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Brionna, if you can have all-purpose flour you could try 2 cups all purpose in place of all three flours. If using all purpose flour, the batter should be thinner than what’s shown in the video. Hope that helps!

      • Brionna says

        Thank you! I made the recipe with your suggested substitution of 2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour (used your DIY recipe) and I also used coconut sugar instead of cane and it was divine!

  14. Dana says

    I made this last night using 1:1 flour for the rice/potato starch, because it’s what I had on hand. It is delicious! I didn’t measure the juice of my oranges but felt it could use more orange flavor and may opt for OJ vs squeezing the zested oranges next time. May consider even adding some orange zest to the top. Mine has more almond than orange flavor—but absolutely delicious, moist and dense! We’re not a GF household, but it was a hit! Will make again!

  15. Marie Biddix says

    VEGAN substitute option that works, was tender and not crumbly! YAY. This was so good and I was able to make it vegan with SUCCESS! I used white chia seeds. Two tablespoons of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of water. I let the mixture soak for quite a while, then add the sugar, orange juice and orange zest. I added everything to a blender and then realized I probably could have blended the chia seeds first. Either way it worked beautifully. I turned them into 12 muffins and we only have 1 left just 36 hours later! You all are so special to me, thank you for being here with the best recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your modifications, Marie! We’re so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your kind words and support!

  16. Danielle says

    Amazing! I had to make some substitutions based on what I had and it still turned out fantastic. I used half almond flour and half oat flour bc I didn’t have enough almond flour, a gf flour blend instead of potato starch and rice flour, and 2 egg plus 1/4 c applesauce bc I ran out of eggs. After I took it out of the oven I poured a glaze over the top and I feel like that really elevated the taste (oj, powdered sugar, vanilla). Perfect texture and flavor!

  17. Megan says

    This recipe looks amazing! Do you think adding chocolate chips would be a fun flavor addition? Or would it be too overwhelming?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan! We think that might be delicious. If your worried about the almond flavor competing you could leave the almond extract out!

  18. Atara Dahan says

    1. can this be made into muffins?
    2. what can i sub instead of oil?
    3. can i leave out the extract totally?
    4. will it come out the same if doubled or halved?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Atara, one reader has had success making this into muffins! We haven’t tried it without oil, but you could try applesauce or yogurt. You could leave the extract out but it won’t taste almondy. It should come out the same if doubled or halved as long as the bake time is correct for the amount of batter.

  19. Samantha says

    I made this subbing the potato starch and brown rice flour with all purpose flour and used Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer and it turned out SO GOOD! The batter was a little thicker than the description so I was nervous, but it was still pourable with a little help from a spatula and it turned great! So excited to make this again in the future to share with others.

  20. Jennifer says

    Yum! I just made this- used white rice flour since I didn’t have brown, and there’s just a hint of grittiness, but still delicious and very nice consistency overall. Thanks so much!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We also find white rice flour to be a bit gritty as well! We’re so glad you enjoyed it though, Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  21. Steve Winslow says

    I made the recipe this morning for breakfast. I made them in a muffin tin and they baked in less than 25 minutes. Great recipe. The only modification was I used zest from a lemon and lime and added OJ for the liquid.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Carla, we haven’t tested it, but we suspect it would contribute too much liquid. Honey would probably work better than maple syrup, but you may want to start with just 1/2 cup since it’s sweeter. Let us know if you try it!

  22. Alle says

    This looks amazing! I have a question: do you think substituting coconut sugar for cane sugar would work? I also have monk fruit sugar. I’m not sure whether either would affect the structure.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alle, We haven’t tried coconut sugar, but it would make the loaf darker in color and it might not be as fluffy because cane sugar helps the loaf rise properly. Monk fruit sugar that’s a 1-1 replacement for cane sugar could work, but we haven’t experimented much with it, so we’re not sure how it would turn out. Let us know if you try it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Madison, We haven’t tried it, but it would make the loaf darker in color and it might not be as fluffy because cane sugar helps the loaf rise properly. Let us know if you try it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lisa, We haven’t tried it, but it would make the loaf darker in color and it might not be as fluffy because cane sugar helps the loaf rise properly. Let us know if you try it!

  23. Anonymous says

    can I use Measure to measure GF flour. and if so what do i eliminate. thank you for any help you can provide. would appreciate my name eliminated if posting question

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, you can try subbing it in place of the potato starch and brown rice flour, but it likely won’t be quite as fluffy. Let us know if you try it!

  24. Susan says

    Hi. I’d like to try this with AP flour or white ww flour. Would I use 2 1/3 cup (to replace the almond and brown rice flour) or do I need to also take into account the potato starch? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Susan, you would also need to take the potato starch into account. However, almond is going to be less absorbent than all purpose flour, so you won’t need as much all purpose. For best results and to keep the cake moist, we’d suggest keeping the almond flour and replacing the brown rice flour and potato starch with an equal amount of all purpose flour. Or, if that’s not possible, you could try 2 cups all purpose in place of all three flours. If using all purpose flour, the batter should be thinner than what’s shown in the video. Hope that helps!