We eat a lot of oranges and I was looking for new recipes that I could try out. On one of the numerous vegan webpages (there are hardly any plant- based sites) I found a mouth watering looking slice of orange cake. I decided to turn it into a plant- based version and give it a try.

Nothing easier than that- swapped the refined sugar for date paste, the oil for apple sauce and added a little extra taste with fresh orange zest. I would have loved to add a bit of Cointreau (orange liquor), but could’t find any. If you happen to have it at home, I bet it’s going to taste amazing.

Cake turned out to be a big hit- especially, once I topped the cake with vanilla coconut ice cream!




Make sure you bake the cake long enough so the inside is well baked- leave the cake in the oven for at least 35 minutes.


Plant- Based Orange Cake
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  • Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Wet ingredients:
  • Zest from 1 organic lemon
  • Juice from two juicy oranges (about 2 cups OJ, optional: sub 1 tbsp OJ with 1 tbsp Cointreau)
  • 1 cup date paste
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix well.
  4. Transfer the batter to a round cake pan, lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350F (170C) for about 35-40 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center and check wether it comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool off on a rack.
  7. Serve with orange slices and a dollop of coconut vanilla whipped cream.



  • Dianne April 29, 2016   Reply →

    Does this really need 2 cups fresh oj? Sounds like a lot. How can a substitute be 1 T oj and 1 T Cointreau? 2 cups vs 2 T?

  • Dianne April 29, 2016   Reply →

    I actually used the 2 cups oj, and had to bake it 45-60 mins. VERY moist, but VERY tasty!

    • ursulahienz April 29, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Dianne,
      Hi Dianne, Thanks for your comment- we like the moist texture but feel free to use less OJ next time. Glad you like it!

    • ursulahienz May 4, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Dianne, you only sub 1 tbsp of the 2 cups with cointreau. Hope that clarifies it 😃 Ursula

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