Spiced Orange Drizzle Cake

Spiced Orange Drizzle Cake (Vegan & Free-From)

Are you getting all festive and seasonal now!? Not long left until many of you stuff your faces with all manner of foods only to decide a few days later it’s time to go on a diet! 😛 Why not switch your usual foods for a few healthier options so you don’t feel so guilty! 😀 This cake will do for starters, well, not for starters, for dessert! 😛

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Chocolate drizzled spiced orange cake

What’s so great about this cake? Well let’s see! There’s no refined sugar so no sudden grumpiness (unless of course someone has nicked the tv remote and is making you watch the wrong channel)! There is no gluten in here, so it’s great for coeliacs and those avoiding wheat and gluten. There’s no eggs or dairy in here so great for those allergy sufferers… and vegans of course! 😛 That’s a LOT of things you expect in a cake which aren’t in here!  Oh, there’s no oranges in the cake either, just whatever little seasonal orange delights you have – be it satsumas, tangerines, clementines or mandarins… just that didn’t sit so well in the title!

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Soft, spongy, spiced… sponge!

So? What IS in the cake? Well there’s fresh orange-esque pieces, bananas, fresh fruit juice, ground almonds, coconut oil, dairy free milk and a smattering of spices to make this delicious flavoursome cake!

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Use as few or as many segments as you can peel!

It’s soft, spongy, easy to eat, not so easy to share and you can drizzle with your choice of a fruity syrup or a chocolate sauce… hmmm I wonder! 😛

The recipe was adapted from my banana muffin recipe which is a tried and tested favourite for cakey texture and taste… yumyum!

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Who wouldn’t want a slice of this!

Let me know if you make it and share a picture on instagram using #LifeDietHealth or @LifeDietHealth

I’m taking this over to Angie at Fiesta Friday this week where I’m co-hosting with Judi at cookingwithAuntJuJu. Why don’t you come on over and join us?! There’s always so many delicious posts and plenty of great company 😀 (don’t forget to link up if you’re posting)!

Spiced Orange Drizzle Cake (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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  • 1 tablespoon linseeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3-5 satsumas, peeled into segments
  • 140g gluten free flour
  • 100g oat flour (gluten free if required)
  • 50g brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 75g coconut sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 235g banana mashed
  • 50ml coconut oil melted
  • 180ml dairy free milk (I use unsweetened carton coconut)
  • 75ml maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50ml freshly squeezed Satsuma juice (approx. 3 small)


  1. Mix the linseeds with the water, stir and set aside
  2. Grease or line your cake tin, then arrange your Satsuma segments into the tin.
  3. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients: gluten free flour, oats, rice flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, salt, mixed spice, ginger, sugar and almonds.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients together: banana, oil, milk, vanilla and juice.
  5. Gently add the wet ingredients to the dry and lightly combine until you have a smooth batter.
  6. Pour the batter into your dish and pop in the oven. Bake at Gas Mark 4 (350f / 180c) for 45 minutes. Have a quick look to check its not browning too much, then turn the oven down to Gas mark 1 (275f /140c) for a further 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin by placing a plate over the tin and turning the cake upside down (so the fruit is on the top).
  8. Make a syrup by heating together equal amounts of Satsuma juice, coconut sugar and water, or make a chocolate syrup by dissolving equal amounts of coconut sugar in coconut oil then stirring in cacao powder.  Taste test for sweetness, then drizzle over the cake (you can poke holes in the cake and pour over) or just leave each person to choose their own favourite
  9. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  1. Serve your cake naked, or serve with a choice of drizzles.
  2. Store the cake covered at room temperature for up to two days or refrigerated for up to five days.
  3. Use more satsumas and completely cover the base with them.
  4. Switch it up and try using pineapple chunks, apple slices or black cherries.
  5. Make the same mixture and bake into muffin tins (reduce the cooking time to 20-30 minutes at Gas 4 350f / 180c).

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Grab a forkful of this!


  • Eva 13th December 2017 at 13:20

    My perfect kind of cake and ideal for this time of year, thank you ?

    • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 13:43

      I made it especially for you Eva 🙂 Hope you find time to make it x

      • Eva 13th December 2017 at 13:52

        Aww, I feel honoured? I’m looking forward to making your gorgeous cake this festive season, thanks again x

        • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 14:02

          😀 You’re welcome! Yum Yum… I guess you haven’t had snow over there?! I sat on my window seat eating this cake watching giant snowflakes turning everywhere white!

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 14:07

            I’m so envious haha ☺?

          • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 14:12

            Ahhh, don’t be… the rain is washing it all away now! If you have instagram you can see our snowman! (search LifeDietHealth)! 😀

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 14:24

            Aww, shame about that but it never lasts long in the UK (well, it never snows where I live, we’re ‘lucky’ to get rain lol) …do you live in the Midlands area? I only ask because there seemed to be loads of snow in that region, much more than the north of England. My family got a sprinkling of it in the south. I’m ashamed to say I’m in my mid-30s and have never embraced social media, I know I’m in the miniscule minority hehe?

          • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 14:53

            I’m joining you in the minority – I’m not really much of a social media fan either! Just trying to keep up! We’re in the East lol… my sister is in the Midlands and said she got loads!

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 15:04

            Oops, forgot about East Anglia (lovely region). Right, off to see if I’ve got all the ingredients I need ☺

          • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 15:06

            We’re often forgotten over here! Where have you visited? (ooo I hear cake in the making…)

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 15:10

            Norwich and Cromer back in 2010 which was nice. I hear Suffolk is a lovely area.

          • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 15:44

            Norwich has its own vegan restaurant now! 🙂 and some lovely wholefood shops selling loads of ranges you don’t see elsewhere! Last time I went to Cromer I got stuck in traffic! -nobody told me it was carnival day! Suffolk… lots of unspoilt countryside, beaches and peace & quiet! 🙂

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 16:29

            I know, Suffolk sounds like my kind of place! We thought we were going to live in Ipswich last year due to my husband’s job but unfortunately that wasn’t to be?. We’re looking to go back to the UK, just waiting for that elusive job, keep your fingers crossed for us lol. Ex-pats can’t understand why I want to go back haha?. We visited Valencia recently and went to a vegan restaurant there (basically a fast food joint, no whole foods lol). It’s difficult to eat vegetarian when going out in southern Spain, let alone vegan?

          • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 21:35

            Suffolk is lovely, Norfolk too! What does your husband do… I’ll keep an eye out! 😀

          • Eva 13th December 2017 at 22:03

            Ahh, that’s very sweet of you, thanks … If you happen to see something for a Motor Claims Director, please let me know lol ☺x

          • Life Diet Health 15th December 2017 at 16:34

            🙂 I will do x

  • Megala 13th December 2017 at 13:38

    Beautiful cake ! I could feel the burst of flavour in my mouth !!

    • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 13:45

      Thank you Megala, it’s totally bursting with flavour! 🙂 Something you would make?

      • Megala 13th December 2017 at 14:06

        Never used oranges ! I would love to try this cake !!

        • Life Diet Health 13th December 2017 at 14:11

          Me neither! It was a request so I thought I’d see what I could create. It worked so well especially with the spices and syrup. I hope you get around to trying it.

          • Megala 13th December 2017 at 14:58

            Sure, I will !

  • Lathiya 15th December 2017 at 16:26

    Cake looks amazing..the flavor should be refreshing

    • Life Diet Health 15th December 2017 at 16:33

      Thanks Lathiya. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten an orange (or lemon) cake before as it’s not really my thing, but paired with the spices (and the chocolate drizzle) it is balanced so perfectly it’s divine! What sort of cakes do you like?

  • cookingwithauntjuju.com 16th December 2017 at 11:24

    I love citrus flavored desserts especially when maple syrup is one of the ingredients – then of course drizzled with chocolate. It’s nice to co-host with you this week – there are lots of great posts. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Life Diet Health 19th December 2017 at 08:39

      Thanks Judi. This was something new for me and I was so surprised I liked it so much!? Chocolate ?and orange? are so good together. Thanks for co-hosting this week with me…lots of seasonal posts for new ideas! Happy Fiesta Friday to you too!☺

  • Jhuls 17th December 2017 at 11:38

    This cake looks so yummy!! 😀 Thanks for co-hosting, Laurena. x

    • Life Diet Health 17th December 2017 at 23:08

      Thanks Jhuls. It’s such a delicious cake! Enjoy the Fiesta!

  • FrugalHausfrau 18th December 2017 at 03:05

    Chocolate and orange are such a great combo! This looks so moist and delish!

    • Life Diet Health 18th December 2017 at 11:37

      Thank you… almost time to make another one! 😀

  • Jenny@dragonflyhomerecipes 18th December 2017 at 13:47

    Chocolate and orange are one of my favorite combinations, especially in the winter! This cake looks wonderful! I need to share this recipe with one of my friends–she is gluten-free and I think she would really enjoy this!

    • Life Diet Health 18th December 2017 at 14:10

      Thanks Jenny. Chocolate and orange are great aren’t they!? This gluten free cake has a delicious texture which I’m sure your friend would appreciate… Although ‘regular’ cake eaters love this too!

  • Zeba@Food For The Soul 18th December 2017 at 22:03

    This looks gorgeous! I love citrus flavors in cake and the recipe sounds amazing. Thanks so co hosting

    • Life Diet Health 18th December 2017 at 22:26

      Thank you Zeba. I’ve never been a fan of citrus in cake… until I made this! 😛 and it really is delicious! Oh, and I’d co-host more often if I could ‘make’ time! 😀

  • nancyc 19th December 2017 at 01:33

    Yum-what a delicious dessert! 🙂

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  • skd 3rd January 2018 at 13:22

    Who says cakes can’t be healthy!! Just what I have been looking for. Looks delicious?

    • Life Diet Health 3rd January 2018 at 13:52

      Thank you. Its very good! Check out my banana bread muffins too! 🙂 Happy New Year.

  • Silverio 13th January 2018 at 17:31

    This looks amazingly yummy. Can I have a bite too? I am back on meal plan but I will definitely consider for next time I am on a cheat meal.

    • Life Diet Health 13th January 2018 at 18:33

      Thanks☺You most certainly can! ??It’s a healthier version of a regular cake so you might be able to try it sooner than you think!? What meal plan are you following?

      • Silverio 13th January 2018 at 18:45

        I am on a fitness plan – cutting diet.


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