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Goji Berry And Orange Cake

Goji berries are almost too pretty to eat , and anything made with them is beautiful. Here is a delicious cake that pairs the beautiful berries with orange.

A delicious citrus cake with the goodness of  goji berries

Look at  those Goji Berries .. aren’t  they gorgeous ? These  berries are a  powerhouse of  nutrition as  well.   Essential amino acids and a whole lot of protein is packed into each of these tiny red dots.

There  has  to be  some  catch right ?  Yes, there is . These  little  nuggets  are  not  much fun to eat  plain. I am  happy to pop a  few  in the  mouth, but  as  for  the  little  guys in the  household , one  taste  was  all  it  took  before  they made  up their  mind.  These are a bit pricey too, but you need just a little to get a whole lot of goodness.

This cake is very similar to a yellow cake. The berries  and  oranges are the two bright  ingredients   that  transform it into  something utterly delicious  and  healthy.  Oh, did I  mention that  you can make  this  with  whole  wheat pastry flour or  atta …  and  wait  .. it is  dairy free as  well. Now if  you ask me, there is  no need to  worry about  having  that  second  slice!!!

Enough  with  the  nutrition blabber  and  get  on  with it   you say !  Well I can’t  agree  more.  How  ever  nutritious  something  is, if  it  is  not  palatable  there is  not  much use  talking  about  it. Again  I digress ..

Few More Orange Recipes

Goji berry Orange Cake

Dried  goji berries are a  little  chewy, and  I usually soak them for a  little bit  to soften them.   Plumped  up berries  are  lovely in  salads   and can be  easily blended in  smoothies.   Let  the  berries  soak  for 10 minutes to an  hour  or more depending  on  how  soft  you   want  them. For  this  I cake soak  them  for  an hour. It is just  long enough to soften the  berries  and they still hold their shape well.

How TO Make

Beat  the  oil and  sugar  well , add the  eggs  one  by one  and   beat   till soft  and  pale.   To this add the  vanilla  extract  and  mix  well.  Add  half  the  dry ingredients  and  fold  in  using  the  spatula.  Add the  soaked  goji berries  with   the  juice  and  the  orange  zest.  Mix  in   and   fold  in the remaining  flour  mix.

Pour into  a  prepared  pan – I have  used an 8 inch  circular  spring form pan   with about  2 ”  sides.  Bake  for 40 to 45  minutes at 350°F.

These  cakes  taste  beautiful  just  as  it is . Chocolate ganache  frosting goes  absolutely  lovely with this  cake , but  if  you  like  to  keep  the  frosting  dairy free as well use  a  simple  orange  glaze .

A delicious citrus cake with the goodness of goji berries

Here the cake is topped with a light orange icing drizzle . Orange sections and lightly soaked goji berries complete the decorations :-).

Chocolate drizzle and chocolate ganache are my two other favorite ways to jazz up this cake. TO be honest a slice of it unadorned is just as lovely with a cup of tea !

A delicious citrus cake with the goodness of goji berries

Goji Berry Orange Whole Wheat Cake

By Syama
A  delicious tea cake  with citrus and  goji berry flavors.  The goji berries add a burst of color in this citrus cake.  It is a light and moist cake that is dairy free and nut free. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 C White Whole Wheat Flour See Notes
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 3/4 C Oil
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1/3 C Goji Berry
  • 1 C Orange Juice
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Orange Zest


  • Soak the goji berries in orange juice for at least an hour.
  • Mix the oil and sugar together. Beat well until blended smooth. Add eggs to this mix and mix till it becomes smooth and pale yellow in color. Stir in vanilla extract and orange zest.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add half the flour mix to the wet mix. Fold in the flour mix and add the soaked goji berries along with the orange juice. Stir till mixed well and fold in the remaining flour .
  • Transfer to a prepared 8″ circular cake tin.
  • Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out dry.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes before transferring into a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.
  • Serve plain or with Chocolate Ganache Frosting.


If using AP flour reduce the Orange juice by 1/4 cup.
Atta or any other fine ground whole wheat flour works perfect in this recipe.

Important: Values are only estimates. Actuals vary depending on ingredients and serving size.

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