Orange Soda Cake (Fanouropita)

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I remember my mother making Fanouropita, which was sort of a dry and sweet cake (check my dessert recipes) and would pay homage to St. Fanourios.  Fanerono in Greek means to “reveal.” 

If my mother misplaced something, or if she hoped for something to happen, she would make this cake and take it to the church where the priest would bless the cake.  All I knew at that point in time, was that it went great with coffee (and tea). 

However, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized what this cake was all about. 

The legend goes Saint Fanourios’ mother was a tough, hard woman who treated the poor heartlessly, and that The Archangel Michael, together with Saint Fanourios, tried to change her but couldn’t. 

saint fanourios

St. Fanourios; Άγιος Φανούριος


Saint Fanourios pleaded and prayed for his mother’s soul to rest in peace and is said that God heard him. As a result, the faithful now come to Saint Fanourios to intercede for them and pray for them when they misplace something, asking him to disclose to them where the item is or bring them anything they desire, such as good health, fertility, or even a husband and wife for the single.  

It’s a great honor to make this cake and bestow it upon Saint Fanourios.  When you make the cake you should also say “Lord have mercy on the soul of Saint Fanourios’ mother.”

Let’s now reveal this quick, easy, and low-carb recipe. This version eliminates the orange juice and the flour and replaces them with almond flour, coconut flour, walnuts, and orange diet soda! Yes, orange diet soda.  The only one I could find in the grocery store with zero sugar was Orange Crush Zero, however, I’m sure you can use any other brand, like Fanta Orange Zero. The other change I made was to use Tahini sesame paste instead of using oil or butter.  

Overall, Fanouropita is an easy cake to make.  Once you make your batter,  just make sure you line your cake pan with parchment t paper.  Removing the pan after it is baked is easier if you add the parchment paper

cake tins

In order to remove the cake, once the cake is done, you are going to have to follow these steps to properly remove the cake.  

fanouropita instructions

  1. Let the cake for at least 15 minutes before you start removing it from the pan.
  2. Using a knife, trace the edges all around the cake pan to release it from the sides. 
  3. Place the cooling wire rack on top of the cake pan. 
  4. Turn it upside down, and pat it a few times to release the cake. 

fanouropita orange soda cake

You can serve it with or without the powdered Monk Fruit sweetener.  

Orange Soda Cake (Fanouropita)

Orange Soda Cake (Fanouropita)

This is probably one of the quickest and easiest cakes you will ever make because all you need is a food processor and a mixing bowl.
prep time
20 min
cooking time
30 min
total time
1 hour and 15 min cooling time


  • Mixing Bowl

  • Food processor

  • Two 9-inch cake pans or

  • One 9x13 pan

  • Parchment paper


  • 1 cups almond flour

  • 1 cup whole walnuts

  • ½ coconut flour

  • 1 Tsp. cinnamon

  • ½ Tsp. ground cloves

  • 1 cup golden Monk fruit sweetener

  • 6 eggs

  • 8 oz sugar zero orange soda

  • ½ cup tahini


Place parchment paper in the bottom of your cake pans. Preheat your oven to 350.
To a food processor, add all the dry ingredients. Pulse for 1 minute.
In a large bowl, whisk all the eggs. Then add the orange soda and tahini and whisk until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth.
If using 2 cake pans, then divide the batter between 2 cake pans, that have been sprayed with cooking spray, and lined with parchment paper. If using 1 9x13 pan, then pour the batter into that pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 F degrees until done. Test with a toothpick. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 15 minutes.
Using a knife, cut around the edges so the cake can easily come out of the pan. Then turn them over on a cooling rack, remove the cake and leave to cool completely.
Add your powdered Monk Fruit sweetener (optional).
Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Kali Orexi!


Remember, you can make this recipe with or without the powdered Monk Fruit sweetener.

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