A recipe for Christmas cake with the spice of ginger and the tang of orange. Quick and easy to prepare, it makes a perfect dessert or party treat. Dairy free, it’s suitable for people who are lactose intolerant.


Makes 15 servings 

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mild-flavoured extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, yolk and white separated
  • 2 Tbs grated orange zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 100 g chopped crystallised ginger
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 oranges, separated into segments


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Line a 20 cm round cake pan with baking paper and oil lightly.
  2. Stir together honey, remaining oil, egg yolks, zest, juice and 3 tablespoons of crystallized ginger in a bowl.
  3. Sift whole-wheat pastry flour, flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  4. Beat egg whites with a mixer on high until soft peaks appear (1–2 minutes).
  5. Stir the honey mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
  6. Fold in the egg whites with a spatula.
  7. Pour the mix into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake the cake until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (around 35 minutes).
  9. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.
  10. Just before serving, garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of ginger and orange segments.

Preparation time: 
50 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Difficulty rating: Medium

  • For a healthy dessert that’s packed with calcium, pour low-fat yoghurt or calcium-enriched soy yoghurt (if you are lactose intolerant) over the cake before serving. Calcium is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Some people have higher calcium requirements, including:
  • As a more festive alternative to yoghurt, try making your own healthy custard with low-fat milk and low sugar.
  • Choose the brand of yoghurt with the lowest fat content by checking the nutrition panel of the product label. Consuming low-fat dairy products is one step you can take to reduce your fat intake. This is an important part of improving your diet and reducing your risk of developing chronic health conditions like obesity.

Andy in Nerang, QLD, bakes this cake for a Christmas treat.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per serve:

Energy 697 kJ
167 cal
Protein 2.88 g
Total fat 5.67 g
Saturated fat 1.03 g
Carbohydrates 25.59 g
Total sugars 16.99 g
Fibre 2.17 g
Sodium 284.06 mg
Cholesterol 29.44 mg
Potassium 142.70 mg


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