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Gluten Free Citrus Marmalade Cake

GF citrus marmalade cake glazedMarmalade seems to be consumed at a very slow pace in our house. Leah brought us an enormous jar of her delicious homemade lime marmalade when she visited at Christmastime and we’ve hardly made a dent in it. I won’t even talk about our hoard of cumquat marmalade waiting to be used, made from the fruit of my 20 year old potted tree.

This cake was a bit of an experiment. I have a recently detected wheat intolerance. Spelt flour is okay for me, but texturally, it’s not ideal for cake, and commercial gluten free flour seems soulless.

I have eaten many gluten free cakes in the past, some good, others sadly, rubbery in structure. Working with the accepted butter sugar eggs flour liquid formula of cake making, and using only pantry staples I used this delicious combo of marmalade and coconut for flavour, coconut and almond for texture, and the remainder was well understood cake baking principles.

It doesn’t matter which citrus fruit your marmalade is made with, you can vary the zest to match or complement the flavours.

I glazed my cake simply with sieved marmalade. I’m not a great fan of frosting, icing or buttercream. I make cake to enjoy cake, pure, unadulterated cake!


250g unsalted butterGF citrus marmalade cake butter

1/2 cup castor sugar

Zest of 1 orange, lime, lemon or grapefruit, depending on the marmalade

3 eggs

3/4 cup citrus marmalade, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or cumquat

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup almond meal

1 cup gluten free plain flourGF citrus marmalade cake ingreds

1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar

2/3 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 cup psyllium husks

Extra 1/4 cup sieved marmalade for glaze


Grease, flour and paper line a 20cm springform pan. Preheat the oven to 170C.

Sieve the marmalade to remove the rinds, then chop them very finely. Set aside.

Process the coconut and almond meal to a fine meal. Sift the flour and raising agents.GF citrus marmalade cake unbaked

Cream the butter, sugar and zest until white and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the chopped rinds, the coconut and almond meal, the sieved marmalade then the sifted flour. Tip the batter into the prepared tin. Smooth the batter to the edges of the tin, then bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a skewer poked into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Immediately spoon the extra 1/4 cup of sieved marmalade over the cake. Rest for 15 minutes before removing the sides of the cake tin.

Store in an airtight container.

GF citrus marmalade cake slice


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Gluten Free Citrus Marmalade Cake

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  2. marymtf
    May 7, 2013

    No, don’t talk about your cumquat marmalade waiting to be used or your lime marmalade. We (meaning me) are jealous. That cake is bound to be as delicious as the ingredients that go into it. I’m going to make it and not give anybody the recipe. 🙂


    • ladyredspecs
      May 7, 2013

      The cumquat marmalade recipe will appear in a few days. Sadly my tree didn’t fruit late summer. Enjoy the cake!


  3. ohlidia
    May 6, 2013

    Looks delicious! I’ll have to share some of my GF yummies for you!


  4. Sam
    May 6, 2013

    I think almond meal is definitely the best bet. It’s a shame about not being to have wheat, but then again the best chocolate cakes of all time are the rich sticky flourless ones, so that is always a perk ! x


  5. trixfred30
    May 6, 2013

    That cake looks stunning!


  6. ChgoJohn
    May 5, 2013

    This sounds like a great recipe and being GF is a real bonus. I know a few people who are going to love it. Thanks!


  7. Damn i love orange jelly/marmalade cake…
    i made once and i used too high temp, the cake blakened too early..
    ( i used to baked the cake again after applied the jam/ marmelade…
    it still had a nice flavour after discard the blakened surface..


    • ladyredspecs
      May 6, 2013

      Sugar burns so easily you do have to be careful, but as longas the taste was good, that’s what’s inportant.


  8. mittsandmeasures
    May 4, 2013

    Yum! This looks wonderful. I’d love to try the lime version!


    • ladyredspecs
      May 5, 2013

      Thanks, it was a good cake, next time I’ll test it out with cumquat marmalade!


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