Orange & macadamia sponge cake (vegan)

I made this cake up for Mother’s Day for my wonderful mother. She was craving an orange cake and I was happy to oblige.

This sponge has the base of a vanilla sponge with some sneaky orange zest and juice to make it zing. The macadamia nuts are not a necessity but they really bring the whole cake together.

Vegan orange and macadamia cake

What you’ll need:


350 g                     cake flour

320 g                     white sugar

1 tsp                      baking powder

1 tsp                      bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp                      salt

1 cup                     almond milk

½ cup                    sunflower/canola oil

1 TBS                     apple cider vinegar

2 tsp                      vanilla essence

2                             oranges, zested and juiced


1                             orange (zested and juiced)

250 g                     vegan butter or margarine

500 g                     icing sugar

3 TBS                     almond milk

120 g                     macadamia nuts

3 TBS                     castor sugar

Awesome treat for spoiling a loved one x

How to do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray 2 cake tins with nonstick spray and line the bottoms with baking paper.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt.
  3. Add the sugar, milk, oil, vinegar, vanilla and orange zest and juice. Using a hand whisk, mix it together until it is just combined. Don’t over mix, it doesn’t have to be completely smooth.
  4. Divide the batter equally between the two pans and bake for 30 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack while you make the icing.
  6. Make sure your butter is at room temperature, you want it soft but not melted.
  7. Beat the butter in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment until light and fluffy.
  8. Add the sifted icing sugar a little at a time until it comes together. When all the icing sugar is incorporated, keep beating while you add the orange zest and juice.
  9. When it has come together, if it is still a bit thick, keep beating while adding the almond milk.
  10. When your cakes are completely cool, ice as desired and top with your toasted macadamia nuts.

If you liked this recipe and are looking for more delicious vegan cakes, how about trying out my:

Carrot cake

Best ever vegan chocolate cake

Very Berry vegan cake

Get in mah belly

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I did. And as always, if you give it a try, drop me a message and let me know how it turned out! Or tag me in your creations on Instagram @ninarlasvegas

Love and health to all of you,



One Comment on “Orange & macadamia sponge cake (vegan)

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