Flourless Clementine Cake

“Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, only (committing) slight ones. Indeed your Lord is vast in forgiveness. He was most knowing of you when He produced you from the earth and when you were fetuses in the womb of your mothers. So do not claim yourselves to be pure; He is the most knowing of who fears Him.”Β 
(Surah An-Nahl:32)

Finally the last ring of the chain was broken. Sometimes, even if we know it is not worth it, we like to cling to our past, just for the feel of it. We know what we are doing is not beneficial in any way for us and would only bring a lot of stress, but still the feel-good factor that it had given during a specific period of time makes us go back to it or hold on to it without any good reason. I am human, I did the same… despite knowing at the back of my mind that it is not going to help me in any way. After a lot of procrastination, the line was drawn. The shackles are broken… I have written so much about letting matters go but though I got a glimpse of how it feels, it is only now I have got the complete feeling. Lament I did, feeling sad I did… but Alhamdulillah, I know that this time it is for good. As I felt the initial pangs, I quickly cleared my mind and pulled out the Quran, something that I love to do when I am confused. And this is what I see… the verse that I have put above. Straightforward and clear – Allah just asks us to try our best, to stay away from our lusts and desires for the promise of a beautiful life in the Hereafter… a life which is described enticingly to us but is something that we cannot imagine, as we are only used to seeing the beauty of this world. All I tell myself at this stage is that He will give the best, InShaAllah, for all the sacrifices that you and I do to do away with our worldly desires….


This clementine cake has been on my to-do list for long. I was waiting for the season to come and here it is now, in fact almost closing in. I had bought and stocked almond meal so that when the mood strikes, I would just make it. And the mood stroke when I was at my lowest. On a cold Saturday evening, Rasha had gone for her madrassa and Azza was put to one side watching cartoons. I was in no mood to cook dinner, as there was enough of lunch that I could convert and finish off. That is when I remembered this cake. Just like the title, the recipe didn’t fail me despite my mood. I put the clementines to boil – I had stored them in the fridge for more than a week and half of them had already got spoiled! πŸ™ It was all measure and mix and dump and believe me, I loved the end result. The men also enjoyed it and the shocker was that even Rasha loved it! A nice golden cake with a tangy orangish (if there is a word like that!) flavor and the bite of almonds… Β I guess this is the first cake that I am baking with so many eggs. I was in a really generous mood, I suppose! Hehe… Then I realised that cakes without gluten tend to have more eggs so that they bind well..


Before I end, this reminds me that Alhamdulillah, this is my 550th post. I had already thought of slowing down, but no… I guess for the time being, I have decided against it. This blog is a good enough reason why I must put my moods aside and work on making it as better I can make it… I only have a thankful heart for all the support that I have received from all of you… and yes, please don’t forget there are hardly 2 days for the bloggoversary event to finish… hope to see all your participation… πŸ™‚




Flourless Clementine Cake

Course Cakes
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 6 medium clementines weighted approx 415 gm
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 175 gm sugar
  • 250 gm almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • Boil the clementines in lots of water for at least one and a half hours. Just leave it to boil, only check the water level and pour more water if required.
  • Once cooked, drain and allow to cool completely. Using a food processor or hand blender, blend the oranges to pulp.
  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Line the bottom of a 21 cm springfoam pan with parchment and use cooking spray or butter to grease the whole pan. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, break in the eggs and add the sugar. Whisk well till well combined.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients including the orange pulp and combine till well mixed.
  • Pour into the pan. Bake for one hour or more (I baked 75 minutes) till the skewer comes out clean from the center. Do not forgot to cover with foil paper after 40 minutes to avoid a burnt top.
  • Allow to cool in pan. Remove off the side. Slice and serve!


The original recipe asks for 375 gm clementine. I went in for more depending upon the weight.
You can replace the clementine with oranges or lemon, as desired!
I pulped the whole orange without bothering to take out the seeds. If you feel dicy, you can go through the procedure. I didn't, did give a slight tinge to the cake but I loved it.
The sugar is really mild, increase as per your sweetness.
You can drizzle the cake with more orange juice or drizzle but the cake was so moist that nothing was required.

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  1. Cake looks delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Ritu… πŸ™‚

  2. Very nice Raf. Never ever used almond meal for anything but sure, looks like a good addition for the cake.

    1. This is my first attempt with almond meal and I loved it! Thank you so much Nava…

  3. This cake looks super delish..Congrats dear….

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  4. Moist and flavorful cake,yummy

    1. Thanks a lot Suja…

  5. Looks so yummy ☺

    1. Thanks a lot Nusrath… πŸ™‚

  6. This looks very beautiful and healthy too. Got to try it for my son's tiffin box.

    1. Thank you so much Thasneem…

  7. Looks like a lovely cake!

    1. It is! Thanks a lot Beulah…

  8. MashAllah what a nice post !!indeed we humans are not pure and Allah has kept the door repentance always open a great reminder:)
    indeed your cake was also reminder for me to use oranges sitting in my fruit basket,thanks !!
    would surely use your delicious looking recipe!!

    1. JazakAllah Khairan for your lovely comment, Madiha…

  9. Ya Raf, He is the One who accepts repentance and forgives(Al- Ghaffaar). Your cake looks super moist.

    1. Yes, Alhamdulillah… thanks a lot Shaami…

    1. Thanks a lot Kalpana…

  10. Whatever it was I am sure you must have done the right thing. I like cirus falvours in cake…never baked a cake a almond flour though..I m curious now !

    1. Yes, Vinee… even I feel that I have done it right, so hoping for the best! Try baking this dear… I am sure you will not regret! Thanks a lot…

  11. yummy super soft cake

    1. Thanks a lot Amrita…

  12. Cake looks very soft, moist and delicious !!!

    1. Thank you so much Ree…

  13. I love citrus based bakes.. this cake looks yum..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

    1. Thanks a lot Sarani…

  14. Very unique flourless cake .lvoed it to the core.

    1. Thank you so much Savitha…

  15. Super soft and yummy cake with clementine…… I could imagine the taste it had ….since u made with almond meal…….. I wish to have a portion of this cake…. πŸ™‚

    1. It just tasted so good, Remya… the bite of the almonds was a big advantage… do try it when you get the opportunity… thanks a lot Remya… πŸ™‚

  16. It looks so lovely . …but can almond meal be substituted ? I love orange flavour but will have to fetch for almond meal . ….

    1. You can use normal flour instead of almond meal, but the texture may vary… for preparing almond meal, roast whole almonds briefly, and then blitz it in a blender till it becomes like powder. Don't run if for too long, or else it will become butter. Use this for the bake… Thanks a lot for coming by, Najma…

  17. The cake looks absolutely soft and moist, i will surely try it with oranges πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gauri… πŸ™‚

  18. Flavorful cake. love citrus flavour in cakes.

    1. Thanks a lot Eliza…

  19. wow..looks moist dear with almond meal and love the color too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie…:)

  20. Never tried a flourless cake. Will start with this one:)

    1. Thank you so much dear… πŸ™‚

  21. Cake looks yummy Rafs

    1. Thanks a lot dear…

  22. Cake looks Beautiful dat too vthout flour.but eggs number sounds shivering..heheheheh

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  23. Looks absolutely wonderful !

    1. Thanks a lot Reni…

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