If you haven’t ever checked out Tropical Traditions for gluten free baking products, you really should. I got a deal a few weeks back on some coconut flour and I was dying to try it out. Thankfully, I found this recipe for Gluten Free Coconut Flour Orange Cake and I was smitten!
Now, before I continue, I need to put my disclaimer on this recipe. If you have a tree nut allergy, you need to proceed with caution when using coconut products. For us, my son has not had an issue with coconut and most people with tree nut allergies do not. If you have any question about whether or not you should try a recipe containing coconut, please speak with your doctor. Here is the statement from the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network’s website regarding coconut:
“Should coconut be avoided by someone with a tree nut allergy?
Discuss this with your doctor. Coconut, the seed of a drupaceous fruit, has typically not been restricted in the diets of people with tree nut allergy. However, in October of 2006, the FDA began identifying coconut as a tree nut. The available medical literature contains documentation of a small number of allergic reactions to coconut; most occurred in people who were not allergic to other tree nuts. Ask your doctor if you need to avoid coconut.”
OK. Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll link you to the recipe. I pretty much followed the recipe and I’m going to work up an egg free version later (which could be tricky, since it calls for SIX eggs!), so when I try that, I’ll write up my own version. That said, I followed the same steps, only I subbed 1/4 cup of butter for the coconut oil and 1/4 cup of 2% milk for the coconut milk. I also used my buttercream icing with a few subs that I’ll post below. If you use the recipe AS IS from the link, it will be DAIRY FREE.
You can find the recipe here.
Orange Buttercream Icing
4 cups powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
1. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat butter until it is smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar, orange zest, vanilla and about half of the liquid.
3. Mix and check to see if you need more liquid. (You probably will.) If the icing seems too thick, add 1 TB of liquid at a time until desired texture is reached.