Gluten-Free Orange Almond Skillet Cake | soletshangout.comIn this past year and some months, it’s become increasingly clear the cure for writer’s block is baking a cake…or cookies. Heck, maybe even some scones. Oh, and one time this Shepherds Pie.

Okay, it cures more than just writer’s block. It helps that stuck feeling. That “I have so many things I should be doing—but I can’t seem to process it all, so, what now?” feeling. That “I’ve got five loads of laundry to fold and my dog wont stop barking at the squirrels in our yard and all I really want to do it watch a lot of Bravo TV or hide under a large heap of blankets” feeling.  That “I thought I would get fancy and try to wax my Italian Lady Sideburns off. Oh crap…that didn’t go as planned. Now I have what can only be described as a Blemish-Beard” feeling. True story. Ugh. The regrets.

This all falls under the life version of writer’s block. Let’s just call it “Life Block”. I’m suffering from a little bit of that this week… but, that’s okay. We’ll get through it. Someone get out a stick of butter. For the sake of all that is good in the world, it’s time to bake a cake.

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Skillet Cake | soletshangout.comThere is something about melting a stick of butter and folding it into batter that is therapeutic and satisfying. It just works for me. Even if I don’t eat the cake, the act of making it is calming and centering and makes one forget about their misadventures in self-waxing. Oh, cake… help me forget.

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Skillet Cake | soletshangout.comThis cake is easy to make and is pretty all on its own. No messy frosting or glazing or getting overly-fancy. It’s a natural beauty–that totally hot girl that looks best in a t-shirt and jeans. It’s the Jennifer Aniston of cakes. I know, I know. Just go with it.

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Skillet Cake | soletshangout.comI could’t help but use some of the bright and fragrant citrus that is overflowing my fruit bowl to flavor it up. I might have a tiny bit of a citrus-hoarding situation–I just can’t help myself. It’s all so beautifully in season! This cake tastes like sweet oranges mixed with buttery almonds. It’s fresh and moist and all the things that make it hard to eat just one piece! Trust me. You’re going to want to eat this instead of dinner. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. 😉

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I hope you treat yourself to a little cake baking therapy! Enjoy! xox

Orange Almond Skillet Cake {Gluten-Free}

Adapted from Beard & Bonnet


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • Zest from 2 whole oranges
  • 2 large eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs bourbon
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used THIS one)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 8 TBS (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Orange slices (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cast iron skillet or a 9 inch cake pan. I used this cast iron pie dish. You're going to want to make sure that you grease your pan really well. I used butter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine your orange zest and both of your sugars and your salt. Using clean fingers, work the zest into the sugar until it becomes fragrant and slightly moist.
  4. Add in one of your eggs and whisk the mixture until everything is combined.
  5. Add in your second egg and whisk again.
  6. Add in your bourbon and vanilla and whisk together again.
  7. Fold in your gluten-free flour and your almond meal until it is combined really well and there are no dry pockets. If necessary, use your whisk.
  8. Once your flours are mixed in, add in your melted butter and whisk that into your mixture.
  9. Pour your batter into your well greased skillet or pan and top it with thinly sliced orange slices and your 1/4 cup of sliced almonds, Sprinkle the top with a bit of sugar and pop it into the oven.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and the edges are slightly crisped. You can do the toothpick test and check to make sure the center of your cake is cooked through. When a toothpick is inserted and drawn out it of the center of the cake, it should come out clean.
  11. Allow your cake to cool for 5-10 minutes. Using a butter knife, loosen the edges of the cake. You can now slice it up and serve it directly out of the skillet.
  12. Serve it warm or cool! Either way, it's delicious.


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