This is a rich and delicious agave-sweetened cake. The batter contains one whole orange and no sugar. We decorated the top with orange slices this time but you can also decorate it with edible flowers. Nasturtiums are a great choice.
I love to bake. But, honestly, I don’t like how I feel after I eat conventionally made cakes: fat, bloated, and fatigued.
That said, agave is something of a controversial ingredient. Indeed, agave is a processed food but it’s advertised as raw … So, some of my foodie friends vociferously object to agave-sweetened desserts. That said, I find that agave is one of the only sweeteners I can bake with (along with canned pineapple, homemade applesauce, and whole dates) that doesn’t give me low blood sugar.
Likewise, when I bake with maple syrup, as some suggest, I get low blood sugar twenty minutes after eating.
This is an easy and delicious agave-sweetened cake to make. You’ll need a food processor with an S-shaped blade.
To make this agave-sweetened orange cake:
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup einkorn flour
[Note: you need 2 2/3 cups flour for the recipe. Use any combination of flours that you wish. You can also use 1/8 cup of garbanzo bean flour and an 1/8 cup of brown rice flour to make the cake have more protein]
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1.5 cups agave
2 t vanilla extract
1 t orange extract
1 whole orange, washed well, cut in quarters (make sure this is organic as the peel will be in the batter!)
Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Cream the softened butter in a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade. Add agave, eggs, extracts, and orange quarters. Blend well. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Don’t over-stir! Butter or oil two 9-inch round cake pans. Pour the batter into the two pans. Bake for about 35 minutes at 350. Your house will be filled with a lovely orange aroma.
Frosting for agave-sweetened orange cake:
Put 4 Tablespoons (or equal parts) softened butter and organic cream cheese in a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade. Blend well. After that, slowly add a scant cup of confectioners sugar. You can add more if you like sweeter frosting. Add one tablespoon grated orange peel and a squeeze or two of fresh orange juice.
Published: March 2, 2014
Last update: April 7, 2021