Steamed Orange Cakes

I made these cakes with Chinese New Year vibes in mind! I love the subtle tanginess of the orange in these little steamed cakes. There are also deep caramel undertones from the coconut sugar.

These aren’t your traditional steamed cakes – the texture is a bit denser and not as fluffy. That’s because I used whole spelt flour instead of the normal white flour. I also replaced white sugar with coconut sugar. This means that you’ll be getting a more wholesome and healthy treat that you can bring with you to school or work!

These are, of course, vegan, however they aren’t gluten free because I used spelt flour. I haven’t tried any gluten-free alternatives, so I can’t suggest any good substitutions. But you’re welcome to play around with the ingredients and let me know if it works!

If you’re in the mood for a more indulgent treat, you could also add 3 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips, just because orange and chocolate work together so well!

Steamed Orange Cake

Not your traditional steamed cake, but a healthier version – with less sugar, less oil, and made of spelt flour! The subtle orange flavour gives it a little of a bite, and all in all, one of my favourites to make, especially if you don’t have access to an oven! Super simple to put together!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Snack, Steamed, Steamed Cakes, Sweets
Servings: 6 cakes


  • 1 1/4 cups spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup plant mylk (I like oat mylk)
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl – first ensure the dry ingredients are well-mixed before incorporating all the wet ingredients!
  • Either oil a muffin tray, or place the paper muffin cups. 
  • Pour the batter in, filling each holder to about 3/4 full. 
  • Place the the muffin tray into a steamer. Steam for about 15-18 minutes. To ensure the cake is cooked through, poke a skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it means you are good to go!


You can either make your own orange juice, but ensure that you have some pulp – this adds flavour to the cake itself! 
If you’re using store-bought orange juice, ensure you check the ingredients list and find a small bottle that’s not from concentrate, and is 100% orange juice (without any added sugars!). 
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