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Grain-Free Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake

Grain-Free Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake made with fresh cranberries and orange zest is a perfectly sweet treat that is healthy enough for breakfast or snack! This paleo cake recipe will knock your socks off and please your guests!

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grain-free cranberry orange cake on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet, sprinkled with powdered sugar with fresh cranberries and oranges next to the cake

Well, hello, cranberry-studded cake of zesty bliss!

If you’re jonesing for a fresh, seasonally-inspired cake recipe that also happens to be lower in sugar, you’ve landed on the right piece of internet!

This grain-free cranberry orange breakfast cake is all things:

  • Gluten-free and grain-free
  • Naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup
  • Lower in sugar/carbohydrate than a traditional cake recipe
  • Fresh and frisky in flavor
  • Perfectly moist and fluffy

…and marvelous for sharing with friends and family! Particularly over the holiday season.

The way I see it, this cake is marvelous as a make-ahead breakfast for entertaining guests during the holidays. It’s so palate pleasing, requires zero hoops through which to jump, and can be consumed as breakfast, snack, OR dessert.

That’s versatility!

What Type of Grain-Free Flour to Use:

I have tested this recipe using both Super Fine Almond Flour and  Bob’s Red Mill’s Paleo Baking Flour, which is a combination of almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, and tapioca flour. It can be used as a 1:1 replacement for almond flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

The end result is a baked good you’d never guess was gluten-free, much less grain-free! For those of you who enjoy making paleo baked goods, or anyone who is looking for cleaner treat options, I highly suggest you give the flour a whirl!

package of bob's red mill's paleo baking flour with cake next to it

Let’s bake it!

How to Make Grain-Free Cranberry Orange Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the bottom of a 8-inch spring form cake pan with parchment paper. Note: you can also use a regular cake pan – simply spray with cooking oil.

Combine the wet ingredients (eggs, oil, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and orange zest) in a bowl and whisk until well-combined.

Add the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cranberries) to a separate bowl and stir. 

large measuring cup with dry ingredients, a small measuring cup with wet ingredients and a package of flour

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. The batter will be thick! This is normal.

Measuring cup with cake ingredients being stirred together large measuring cup with cranberry orange cake batter all stirred up

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared cake pan and smooth into an even layer. 

cake pan with cake batter in the center

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cake has set up and the edges turn golden-brown. Turn off the oven and allow the cake to sit in the still warm oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove cake from oven and allow it to cool at least 30 minutes before releasing the mold, slicing, and serving.

plate with a slice of cranberry orange cake with a fork and fresh cranberries

If desired, sift maple sugar (or powdered sugar or powdered erythritol over the cake) for added sweetness.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Use either 2.5 cups Paleo Baking Flour or  2.5 cups almond flour.
  • Use algae oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil in place of avocado oil.
  • Swap honey, agave, or coconut nectar for the pure maple syrup. If you use pure maple syrup, keep a watchful eye on the cake, as honey tends to burn easily.

cranberry orange cake on a baking sheet with slices, sprinkled with powdered sugar with fresh cranberries and oranges surrounding cake

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grain-free cranberry orange cake on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet, sprinkled with powdered sugar with fresh cranberries and oranges next to the cake

Grain-Free Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake

Yield: 1 8-inch cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A zest, grain-free healthy cake recipe with all the spunk!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the bottom of a 8-inch spring form cake pan with parchment paper. Note: you can also use a regular cake pan - simply spray with cooking oil.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients (eggs, oil, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and orange zest) in a bowl and whisk until well-combined.
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cranberries) to a separate bowl and stir. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. The batter will be thick! This is normal.
  5. Transfer the cake batter to the prepared cake pan and smooth into an even layer.  Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cake has set up and the edges turn golden-brown. Turn off the oven and allow the cake to sit in the still warm oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove cake from oven and allow it to cool at least 30 minutes before releasing the mold, slicing, and serving. If desired, sift maple sugar (or powdered sugar or powdered erythritol over the cake) for added sweetness.

Notes

*You can also use powdered maple sugar

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 226Total Fat 14gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 18gNet Carbohydrates 15gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 7g
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