Heavenly Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake

Gluten-Free Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake

This Gluten-Free Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake is moist and delicious and perfect to make during winter when oranges – literally – are falling off our trees! Recipe created by our fab friends at Blue Diamond Almonds UK.

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Heavenly Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake

  • 150ml Unsweetened Almond Breeze®
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. milled flax seeds
  • 6 tbsp. water
  • 150g gluten free plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 50g pistachios, finely ground
  • 80ml cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • Zest of 4 clementines or 2 oranges
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom (seeds form 12 cardamom pods)

Orange drizzle

  • 90ml juice of 4 clementines or 2 oranges
  • 110g icing sugar
  • For the top of the loaf
  • 20g pistachios, roughly chopped


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C fan and line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper or a loaf tin liner.
  2. Pour the Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almond Milk into a jug, add the apple cider vinegar, stir and set to one-side for 10 minutes until the mixture curdles.
  3. To make the flax eggs, add the milled flaxseed to a bowl with 6 tablespoons of water, stir and leave until it thickens.
  4. Tip the pistachios into the small bowl of a food processor and blend until they become a fine flour.
  5. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and use a pestle and mortar to grind them into a fine powder.
  6. Add the ground almonds and ground pistachios to a large mixing bowl, sift in the plain flour, add the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and stir.
  7. Add the sugar, clementine/orange zest, ground cardamom and stir together.
  8. Make a well in the centre of the dried ingredients and add the olive oil, almond milk with apple cider vinegar and the flax eggs. Stir to combine until you have a smooth cake batter.
  9. Spoon the batter into a lined loaf tin and place on the middle shelf of the oven. Cook for 40 minutes, until golden on top and the sponge springs back when touched.
  10. Whilst the cake is in the oven make the clementine drizzle by adding the icing sugar to a small saucepan pouring in the clementine/orange juice. Gently heat until the icing sugar has dissolved into the clementine juice.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Keep the cake in the tin.
  12. Prick the warm cake all over with a cocktail stick and drizzle over the clementine mix. Scatter the top of the cake with 20g of roughly chopped pistachios. Leave the cake in the tin to cool fully before removing and slicing.
  13. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 3 days.
Serves 10
Prep Time 50 minutes