Moist, zesty grain-free Paleo Clementine Cake made with 5 simple ingredients: whole clementines, almond flour, coconut sugar, eggs, and baking powder. This perfectly sweet cake is a healthier option yet still tastes magically decadent!
Friends. This cake is almost too good to be true.
Grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, FIVE ingredients, no oil, zesty, moist, fluffy, addicting… I can’t sing enough praises!
This crazy unique Paleo Clementine Cake recipe requires practically zero ingredients, very little brain power to prepare, with an incredibly succulent outcome that happens to be incredibly moist, zesty, with a texture so lovely, it’s almost indistinguishable from cake made with regular all-purpose flour.
And if that doesn’t sell you, the fact that you get to blend entire clementines into the cake will. I KNOW, RIGHT?!
Have you preheated your oven yet??
You do realize this is a cake-for-breakfast situation, right?
I just heard the sound of thousands of ovens being turned on.
Ingredients for Paleo Clementine Cake:
Clementines: As I mentioned before, whole clementines are boiled then blended into the cake. The boiling process softened up the peel and brings out the natural sweetness and zest of the clementines so that they are easy to blend and provide all sorts of amazing flavor.
You can replace them with a similar citrus fruit (cara cara oranges are great) – just make sure you use just under one pound of fruit.
Almond Flour: The base of the cake! Almond flour provides a nice moist, spongy texture to the cake. I haven’t tested the recipe using any other flour, so the only one I can say for sure that will work as a replacement is hazelnut flour. I’d be willing to bet cassava flour would work well too.
Eggs: In order to make the cake nice and fluffy, we use a ton of eggs! The eggs provide additional fat (crucial for the baking process) and ensures the cake holds together.
Coconut Sugar: I use coconut sugar to sweeten this cake, which yields a perfectly zesty and sweet cake. Because coconut sugar is less refined and lower on the glycemic index than regular cane sugar, it tends to be my preference in cake recipes. You can absolutely swap it for regular cane sugar in a 1:1 exchange!
If you prefer pure maple syrup over coconut sugar, don’t fret: I have an option for you (see the notes in the recipe card). Fair warning: If you go the pure maple syrup route, note that the cake will turn out with a very custardy texture, which I LOVE; but if you’re looking for a cake-like texture, I would stick with the coconut sugar. Just food for thought.
Baking Powder & Sea Salt: Baking powder leavens the cake and makes it hold together nicely and the sea salt just enhances all the flavors in one magical moment.
So here’s how this cake prep goes down (spoiler alert: it’s a time investment, but also super easy to make).
How to Make Paleo Clementine Cake:
Boil the clementines for 2 hours (that’s right, TWO HOURS). Allow them to cool, remove the seeds, then pulse them in a food processor until they are completely smooth.
Note: if you have a pressure cooker, you can pressure cook the clementines on high with 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.
Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release completely, then remove the clementines from the pressure cooker, drain the water, and allow the fruit to cool completely before moving on.
Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until well-beaten. Transfer all of the ingredients for the cake, including the clementine puree, to the mixing bowl and mix just until combined. Pour the batter into an 8-inch (or 9-inch) spring form pan, bake, and you’re all set!
I enjoy slices of this cake for breakfast or snack, but you can absolutely reserve it for that after-dinner treat.
You can also top the cake however you’d like, using chopped nuts, seeds, fresh berries or fruit, etc. You can frost the cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting or drizzle it with homemade Paleo Salted Caramel. I went with clementine slices and hemp seeds just for decoration, as the cake is plenty flavorful on its own.
Do I Really Use the WHOLE Clementine??:
Yes! You don’t peel the clementines at any point. Boil them whole with the peel on, blend them whole with the peel on 😉
If you don’t have an entire three hours to devote to this cake all at once, never fear. You can cook the clementines ahead of time to prepare the recipe in parts, or you can multi-task while the clementines are cooking…once they’re simmering, they really need zero attention.
You can use oranges (I recommend cara cara oranges) in place of clementines if you’d like. You’re aiming for just under 1 pound total.
I love this cake so much, that I daresay it gives my Paleo Carrot Cake a run for its money for Easter Brunch.
If you’re looking for a powerfully flavorful and cozy cake, either one is a fabulous option! This clementine cake requires far fewer ingredients, though the prep time is longer. With so much deliciousness, you can’t go wrong!
Have a marvelous Easter weekend. Much love to you and yours! xo
More Delicious Cake Recipes:
- Healthy Pumpkin Cake
- Almond Flour Fig Cake
- The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake
- Grain-Free Almond Strawberry Breakfast Cake
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Fig Cake
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Paleo Clementine Cake
Moist, fluffy, zesty amazing grain-free cake made with only 5 ingredients? What could be better? 😉
- 5 whole clementines, just under 1 pound
- 6 large eggs
- 2.5 cups finely ground almond flour
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Place whole clementines (rind included!!) in a pot and fill with water. Bring to a full boil on the stove top. Reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook for 2 hours. Drain clementines and allow them to cool to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line an 8-inch or 9-inch spring form pan with parchment paper.
- Cut the cooled clementines in half and remove the seeds. Transfer the clementines to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
- Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until well-beaten. Transfer the remaining ingredients for the cake, including the clementine puree, to the mixing bowl and mix just until combined. Note: if you prefer, you can blend all of the ingredients in the same blender/food processor you used to blend the clementines.
- Transfer cake batter to prepared spring form pan.
- Bake 40 to 50 minutes, until cake is golden brown around the edges, and feels firm when gently poked in the center. Turn off oven and allow cake to sit an additional 5 minutes in the still hot oven (note: I bake my cake for 40 minutes).
- Allow cake to cool at least 1 hour before slicing and serving
To Make the Pure Maple Syrup Version:
- 5 clementines or 3 navel oranges (1 pound)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Follow instructions in recipe card above.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 246Total Fat 11gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 31gFiber 3gSugar 24gProtein 9g
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Friday 13th of January 2023
Hi there! What did you use to provide the pretty garnish/texture on the top for serving? Thanks!
Tuesday 17th of January 2023
Hi Mary! I sprinkled the cake with hemp seeds! Many people will dust the cake with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation as well :)
Sunday 25th of December 2022
Hi! I made this cake for Christmas, and not only is it beautiful, smells wonderful, but tastes super amazing!! Its my new favorite cake! I followed the recipe exactly, using coconut sugar, but it did come out more custard-like texture, not cakey. Even though it still tastes amazing I was wondering why it was not a cakey texture? Any ideas? Thanks you so much for a fabulous cake recipe!!!
Friday 22nd of July 2022
do you recommend a frosting recipe that you would pair with this?
Sunday 24th of July 2022
Hi Roxanne! I would recommend making a lemon glaze using 1 cup of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice (or orange juice or water if you prefer). A cream cheese frosting would be amazing as well!
Friday 4th of June 2021
I'm about to make this cake and my batter is very runny. Is that ok.
Friday 4th of June 2021
Hi Tracey! The batter should be runnier than regular cake batter, but not overly runny. If you think it's too thin, I would add another 1/2 to 1 cup of almond flour. You could also use a small amount of tapioca flour if you'd like. Let me know how it turns out! xoxo
Friday 9th of April 2021
I really want to try this, huge fan of the clementine however I am wondering if switching the maple syrup for honey as well as using coconut flour instead of almond flour would work? Any idea?
Saturday 10th of April 2021
Coconut flour would have to be an entirely different recipe, unfortunately...it absorbs 4 times more liquid than almond flour and requires more eggs. You could swap the almond flour for cassava flour or hazelnut flour, though! Honey burns pretty easily, so it would work as a swap but you'll need to keep an eye on the cake and cover it in foil if it begins to burn before it's finished cooking through :) Let me know what you end up trying! xoxoxo