This delicious and vegan Almond Cake is gluten-free and infused with almond and citrus flavor — a match made in heaven.
Here’s a gorgeous glutenfree and vegan Almond Cake that’ll make you want to eat dessert at breakfast, lunch, dinner and all times in between.
The cake is moist, tender and it is infused with citrus flavor from lemons and oranges. There’s also a glug of amaretto in here that adds amazing flavor.
I love baking glutenfree treats because they taste incredibly amazing — and because they are so darn easy to put together. I usually mix the batter up in the food processor or in one bowl, making it convenient too. This way, if my little one asks for something sweet– and he unfailingly does–I can offer him something I know is healthy enough to go into his tummy and satisfy his sweet tooth.
It takes less than 15 minutes to put this batter together. I do it in the stand mixer because my food processor is not large enough to hold the batter. You can use either.
How to make this glutenfree and vegan Almond Cake:
- This batter is made mostly of finely ground almond flour, for the best almond-y flavor, but you also need some gluten-free all purpose flour. I use the King Arthur gf measure for measure flour.
- I use turbinado sugar which gives the cake’s crumb a darker hue. If you want a lighter cake, use white sugar. You can use maple syrup which will make your batter a little more fluid, but it should bake up just fine.
- I infuse this almond cake with citrusy flavor at two stages. I add the zest of one orange and two lemons into the batter, and then I mix up the blanched almonds that are scattered on top with the juice.
- Amaretto adds wonderful almond flavor and the baked cake is not at all boozy because the alcohol cooks out. But if you’d still rather not, use 1 tsp of almond extract.
- The batter might seem a little drier than average cake batter does, but that’s exactly how it’s meant to be. Be sure to smooth the top before baking, and everything will even out as the cake bakes.
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Citrusy, Vegan and Glutenfree Almond Cake
- 1 1/2 cups superfine almond flour
- 3/4 cup all purpose glutenfree flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup aquafaba (chickpea brine)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (I used turbinado which gives a darker crumb. Use white sugar for a lighter color)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use avocado, any flavorless oil is fine)
- 1/4 cup vegan yogurt
- 1 tbsp amaretto liqueur (or 1 tsp almond extract)
- Zest of 2 lemons and one orange
For the almond topping:
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Mix the ingredients for the topping and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch cake pan by spraying with oil or cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Place the aquafaba, sugar and vegetable oil in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 2 minutes until well mixed and fluffy.
- Add the yogurt and the zest and continue mixing for another minute.
- Dump in the dry ingredients -- the almond flour, all purpose gf flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Start the mixer on slow speed to allow everything to start mixing, and then mix on medium-low speed until the batter comes together. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and ensure everything has mixed. Your cake batter will not be as runny as an average cake batter, but that's exactly how you want it.
- Scrape out the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the cake and place the cake into the preheated oven.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 30 minutes on a rack before unmolding. Run a knife along the sides of the cake if needed. Carefully invert the cake onto a plate, then invert it again and allow it to continue cooling on a rack before slicing.