3/4cupgranulated sweetener of choice: coconut sugar for paleoor erythritol for low carb
½tspbaking soda + ½ tsp cream of tartaror can replace with 1 tsp baking powder
1tspGF Orange Extract
Orange Glaze Ingredients:
2tbspbutteror coconut oil
2 1/2tbspfull fat canned coconut milk or heavy whipping cream
2 ½tbspgranulated sweetener of choice: coconut sugar for paleoor erythritol for low carb
Scrub the 3 mandarin oranges clean, leave the peel on orange. In a medium sauce pan bring the 3 whole oranges and enough water to cover them, to a rolling boil. Lower heat to medium and cover. Cook oranges for 50 minutes, making sure there is enough water on the oranges during the cooking process.
Preheat oven to 350 F, and grease a 9 inch round cake pan or a spring form pan.
Remove from heat, use tongs to remove from sauce pan and let cool, until they can be handled. Cut oranges into chunks, leaving the skin on. Place orange chunks with peel in the processor or blender and process until a puree forms (not juice) * see photo above.
In a large mixing bowl combine: the orange puree, 3/4 cup sweetener of choice, and 1 tsp orange extract. Mix together thoroughly. Add 4 beaten eggs, 1 ½ cup almond flour or meal, and ½ tsp baking soda+ ½ tsp cream of tartar mixture or can use 1 tsp baking powder. Mix together thoroughly.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or more until center of cake is done, and tooth pick comes out of center clean. Remove cake from oven and let cool.
While cake is cooling, make the orange glaze. In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, melt the 2 tbsp butter. Add the 2 1/2 tbsp coconut milk or heavy cream, and 2 ½ tbsp. sweetener of choice. Mix together until bubbling, and remove from heat. Then add ½ tsp orange extract and 2 tsp orange zest. Stir together. Set aside.
Take a wooden or metal skewer and poke holes into the cake all over the cake * as in photo above. Spoon or pour the orange glaze all over the top of the cake and spread around. Let cake sit awhile until glaze sets a little. Serve and enjoy. Store unused portions in the fridge.
Nutritional data for Low carb version (using swerve sweetener): Servings: 1 slice out of 10, Cal: 182, Carbs: 7 g / Net Carbs: 5 g, Fiber: 2 g, Fat: 11 g, Protein: 5 g, Sugar: 3 g, Sodium: 98 mg,Nutrirtional Data for Paleo version (using coconut sugar as sweetener): Servings: 1 slice out of 10, Cal: 224, Carbs: 24 g / Net Carbs: 22 g, Fiber: 2 g, Fat: 11 g, Protein: 5 g, Sugar: 21 g, Sodium: 98 mg.*all nutritional data are estimates based on the products I used.*