Cranberry Orange Olive Oil Cake

Whether you’re hosting guests or you’re just looking to serve a little something special for after dinner, we love this lower carb version of a classic favorite this time of year: cranberry orange olive oil cake. Tart and sweet flavors blend beautifully in this soft pound cake that you’ll love to present. It’s a feast for the eyes—and a treat for any taste.

The cake itself is versatile and lends itself to a variety of flavors. Swap out the orange and cranberry to make other types of cake, like lemon and raspberry. You can also add your favorite chopped nuts for added texture.

Tip: If you’re unsure about the sweetness of the cake, leave the eggs out of the wet ingredients. Once you mix the dry and wet ingredients together, adjust the sweetener to taste. After that, whisk the eggs into the batter and pour the batter into the baking dish.

We made this cake as a pound cake in a loaf pan, but it can also be made in a round or square pan.

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar, Swerve or granular monk fruit sweetener
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen® Organic Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Zest from ½ orange
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • Drizzle (optional): melted coconut butter + coconut milk to thin

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, sweetener, flaxseed, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the olive oil, coconut milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Combine the ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Add in the orange juice, orange zest and cranberries.

Pour the batter into a parchment-lined loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean or the internal temperature on a food thermometer reads about 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the bread to cool.

If you are making a glaze, combine coconut butter with a small amount of coconut milk or milk of choice until it reaches your desired thickness. You can also add a squeeze of orange juice.

Drizzle the glaze on top before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information with Swerve (1/12 of recipe):

  • Calories: 240
  • Total Carbs: 7 grams
  • Net Carbs: 4 grams
  • Fat: 22 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

Nutrition Information with Coconut Sugar (1/12 of recipe):

  • Calories: 270
  • Total Carbs: 15 grams
  • Net Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fat: 22 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

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    1. Coconut sugar is granulated as is granular monkfruit. So the Swerve is also.

  1. Very festive. Some people might say “omg you’re using starch!” But I’ve baked a lot of cakelike breads while gluten free, and the usual amount is 1 cup to two cups of another flour, usually a grain. This is only 1/4 cup with many of the other amounts the same.

    I wonder if the cranberries themselves could be used as a starch? They form such a perfect sauce with no added anything if you just cook them. I’ve learned to watch for foods that easily become sauces, because they can help make gluten free foods less full of the usual junk. The cake would be pink, but I don’t mind that.

    1. I don’t think he’s as worried about gluten as he is grain. Thus he uses a STARCH, tapioca, not a grain, to get the needed starch to make it soft. Paleo is about eliminating grains, gluten is just eliminated with that. It’s not a primary objective as gluten is just a measurable component of the all bad things in one grain-in this case the worst bastardized grain, wheat.

  2. Made this yesterday and wasn’t sure about using the olive oil. Probably one of the best ‘cakes’ we have ever tasted. Delicious, moist, and colourful!

  3. Canned or carton coconut milk?
    if carton, Almond milk should work…Yes?