Vodka and Orange Cake

Without sounding like a total boozehound, my home is well stocked with various spirits and liqueurs collected over the years. Some items were forgotten BYO’s acquired after hosting a succession of New Year’s Eve parties while others were purchased on a whim while travelling overseas (who can say no to duty free booze??). In spite of living in my own private Liquorland, I actually do not own a bottle of tequila which was sadly my undoing with this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop (themed Cocktail Party).

Vodka & Orange Cake

All weekend I planned on making a Tequila Sunrise cake which was going to be a zesty orange and almond cake soaked with a pomegranate and tequila syrup but the crucial ingredient was missing from my liquor cupboard. I quickly dashed over to the local booze barn to see if I could score some cheap tequila but even the cheapest bottle was $32.



I usually don’t baulk at buying a whole bottle of spirit purely for cooking (I happily shelled out for Pernod to use in Luke Mangan’s delectable Licorice Parfait with Lime Syrup) but I actually don’t like tequila so couldn’t bring myself to buy any. And no, there were no mini bottles either. Still, blogging should be a learning experience so while I didn’t end up using it, I read up on tequila anyway and came to the conclusion that maybe I just haven’t had decent tequila in my life :|

Vodka & Orange Cake

So in lieu of the Tequila Sunrise cake, I’ve had to downgrade the cocktail party to a top-shelf mixer night by making the Vodka and Orange Cake. I do like the flavour combo however so I wasn’t too sad about the change of plans. I added a dash of Cointreau to the syrup to keep this cake in cocktail mode. I made this type of orange cake before (using whole oranges) but used gluten free flour along with the almond meal this time in keeping with my diet.

Vodka & Orange Cake

This is a wonderfully moist cake that screams ‘ORANGE’ with each bite. The vodka and Cointreau syrup is only subtle in flavour but made the cake even more moist and just a tiny bit boozy.

The Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is hosted by 84th & 3rdThe Hungry AustralianDining With a Stud and The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader. This blog hop is open to all food bloggers.

Vodka & Orange Cake
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Gluten Free
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Serves: 8
  • 2 medium oranges, washed (I used blood oranges)
  • 100g butter (I did a 50/50 split of butter and Nuttlex)
  • 200g caster sugar (I used the same quantity of alternative sugars + white sugar)
  • 3 eggs
  • 240g almond meal
  • 75g gluten free flour (regular self-rising flour if non gluten free)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ water
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau (omit all alcohol if not desired and replace with water)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C (160C if fan forced).
  2. Place oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer on low/medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove water and refill. Simmer again for another 15 minutes. This process removes the bitterness from the orange rind.
  3. Chop oranges once cooled and remove any seeds.
  4. Place oranges in Thermomix bowl (or food processor) and blitz on Speed 6 for 20 seconds until pureed.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to TMX bowl and blitz again on Speed 6 for 10 seconds until cake mixture is smooth.
  6. Pour cake mixture into a 20cm cake pan (line if required) and place into oven for 50 minutes. Knife pushed into cake should come out clean.
  7. While cake is baking, prepare syrup by placing all syrup ingredients into a saucepan and simmering on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Pour syrup over cake while still in cake pan and allow to cool.
  9. Serve once cooled with some whipped cream or on its own. There's enough flavour there :)



  1. megandel

    March 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I need this cake so badly in my life!
    Did you candy the peel yourself?

    • Monica

      March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

      He he :) Booze cake :D I did indeed candy the peel Ms M :) It was pretty crunch initially but the humidity got it a bit soggy :(

  2. JJ @ 84thand3rd

    March 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Your original plan sounds brilliant but this looks just wonderful too! With Autumn setting in I’ve been craving oranges lately :)

    • Monica

      March 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Thanks JJ! I might try the Tequila Sunrise cake one day but very happy to have this cake for morning teas this week. I was really happy to see blood oranges in already :)

  3. ThermomixBlogger Helene

    March 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    The orange almond cake is my go-to recipe but I’ve never thought of turning it into a cocktail. Yowza… can’t wait to give this a go. I just love the thought of making this already awesome cake even more orangy. Thanks!

    • Monica

      March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      It’s a cool recipe isn’t it? The Cointreau did add a bit of oomph to it and I might even add some to the mixture itself next time.

  4. Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon

    March 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love orange and almond cake. The cointreau is a perfect twist!

    • Monica

      March 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Stephanie :) I couldn’t say no to those wee bottles of Cointreau when I went up to the booze shop but glad I added some to the cake syrup.

  5. My Kitchen Stories

    March 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Your own private Liquorelans….I just loved that. This cakes looks incredibly moist and orangey and I am sure it was delicious

  6. My Kitchen Stories

    March 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry , from the comment above you would probably think that I have actually been to a cocktail party , and I havent sadly….I just cant seem to spell.

    • Monica

      March 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      He he :) A mid-week cocktail party isn’t a bad idea! Thanks Tania!

  7. Li @ Words and Cake

    March 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Hmm, I’ve tried a pretty good Vodka Sunrise before, and I actually prefer vodka to tequila – you could call this a Vodka Sunrise cake? Either way it sounds delicious, I love cakes that use the whole fruit!

    • Monica

      March 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Li :) I very much prefer vodka lol The guy at the bottle shop asked me if I needed any vodka once I told him I’d substitute the tequila for my recipe, and I quickly assured him that I had a good supply :D

  8. Nic @diningwithastud

    March 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    A friend of mine is Cointreau obsessed! I need to make this for him – looks sooo fab and moist.

    • Monica

      March 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      For some reason Cointreau captivates me too. Hope he enjoys :D

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