Lisa’s Cacao & Orange Cake

Cacao and Orange Cake

Orange rind is abundant in flavonoids, which act as a powerful antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory action. Orange rind has been found to help reduce the risk of skin and lung cancer. Chocolate, when in its raw cacao form, has many wonderful health benefits, including promoting heart and cardiovascular health. Polyphenols in cacao can prevent bad LDL cholesterol from clogging up arteries, lower total cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.

Makes: 1 cake


Cacao and Orange Cake

By: Lisa Guy

You must try this dessert! Why? Just take a look at it.


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  • 2 oranges
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 5 eggs
  • ⅓ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh fruit, for decorating
  • Natural yoghurt, to serve


  • Preheat oven to 170ºC.
  • Grease large cake tin with coconut oil and cut out circle of baking paper for bottom of tin. This will prevent cake from sticking.
  • Place whole oranges (with skin) in large pot of boiling water and simmer for 1 hour with lid on.
  • Once oranges are cooked, cut in quarters and place in food processor.
  • Add all other ingredients to food processor and blend until mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 50–60 mins, until a skewer comes out clean from centre.
  • Tip: When using whole fruit (including skin) use organic produce when you can to prevent any nasties ending up in your cake.


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Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .

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