This Gluten-Free Berry Almond Flour Cake comes together in minutes in the food processor, and it is moist, fluffy and deliciously decadent without any added fat. The scrumptious vegan cake comes together in the food processor or in a single bowl, so there's minimal cleanup. A soy-free, gluten-free recipe.
Here's a way to have your cake and eat it too. My Gluten-Free Berry Almond Flour Cake.
If you're looking for a delicious and gluten-free way to make your Valentine's Day more special, or if you're just looking for another sort-of healthy but tremendously tasty treat to add to your repertoire, look no further.
There are a ton of reasons to love this recipe, but chief among them are that it is:
- Delicious, goes without saying, although I think I've said it three times so far.
- Gluten-free. Yay. It's made almost entirely with almond flour, which I love love love.
- Easy to prep. Everything comes together in a single bowl or in a food processor if you want to save yourself the wrist work (yes, I can get that lazy).
- Is full of the delicious flavor of berries. I use a berry preserve to add flavor and to help bind the gluten-free cake, and I pile a ton of berries on top to add more freshness and flavor.
- Has a pretty, pale pink color from the raspberry preserves I used. Kinda nice for Valentine's Day, don't you think?
- Nutritious. Well, kinda. There is just a tiny amount of the natural sweetness of maple syrup added to this cake, and the rest of the sweetness comes from the preserves. Use a naturally sweetened or homemade preserve, if you want to control the type of sugar. I just used a store-bought one. Convenience, remember?
This cake, I will add, was a huge hit with the kid of the house, and since it's healthy, I didn't feel bad at all cutting him that second slice when he asked for it.
If you're still not captivated, how about just making this gluten-free Berry Almond Flour Cake and taking a bite. You'll be so smitten, you'll gobble the whole thing down in seconds. And that won't be such a bad thing.
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- Vegan Orange Cake
- Vegan Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Vegan Gluten-Free Berry Almond Flour Cake
- ½ cup raspberry preserves (or any other berry preserves)
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¾ cup almond milk (or any non dairy milk(
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups superfine almond flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh berries and powdered sugar for garnish
- 1 tablespoon berry preserves
- 1 tablespoon brandy or cognac
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a cake pan or a springform pan with parchment paper and coat the bottom and sides of the pan with cooking spray. I used an 10-inch springform, which is the only size I have. If you want a higher cake, use a smaller size pan.
- Add the preserves, maple syrup, nondairy milk, and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor and run it for a minute to mix. The mixture will lighten a little. You can also do this in a bowl using a whisk.
- Add the almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt to the food processor or bowl and mix well until thoroughly incorporated. The batter will be slightly thicker than a typical cake batter but should be pourable.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with a spatula, and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool five minutes on a rack, then release the sides of the springform pan and let the cake continue to cool. If you're using the glaze, you can prepare it at this point while the cake is still warm. Microwave the tablespoon of preserves in a small bowl for five or 10 seconds until they are runny, remove, mix in the cognac, and brush the glaze on the top of the cake.
- Once the cake has cooled thoroughly, decorate with the fresh berries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve.
Can I make the cake a few days in advance, but add fresh berries before serving?
Can I add strawberry puree instead of preserve?
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I wanted to swirl a bit of strawberry preserve into this cake before baking. Do you think that would mess with the texture or prevent it from rising?
That should work great actually.
Made cake with Blueberry Preserves and served topped with a simple Blueberry Sauce recipe, ate a slice every time I passed through the kitchen, can't wait to try with other fruit preserves--this was so delicious!
So awesome to hear! Thanks.
i have made this over 3 times and i am in love thank you! the only thing i may add is that 2 tbps of maple syrup does not satisfy my sweet craving so during my time of the month i do usually add a bit more 😀 thank you keep posting lovely recipes! x
Natasha so awesome to hear! 🙂
Hi, Vaishali, can I use peach preserve? Thanks
Hi, can I use peach preserve? Thanks
Hi Namita, yes, any preserve would work!
If I wanted this to be a vanilla cake would I just need to add vanilla flavor instead of the preservatives and leave out the maple syrup or?
Since you need some moisture in the recipe, if you remove the preserves you will need to sub for it. I'd add 1/4 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of nondairy milk, or you can do 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup milk.
Is it ok to substitute Cashew flour for Almond flour?
Is there a reason you choose maple syrup instead of sugar? I'm new to vegan baking.
Hello , I have had this cake made by a friend, it was delicious. I made it in my air fryer oven. It got a little burnt in 20 minutes. Also the berries- how do they stick on the cake?
Hi Kalpana, the berries won't really stick to the cake--you just arrange them on top. I haven't tried this in an air fryer oven but good to know you can make it in one. 🙂
I made this with 1 cup Tapioca powder instead of 1/2 cup cornstarch and turned out great. I live in Denver so high altitude I wound up baking for an extra 5 min. Great recipe and wish I could send a picture of how pretty it turned out!
I don't have a springform, could I use a regular pan for this?
OMG , this sounds good. I am also very excited to see your serving spatula. My childhood fork given to me by my grandma is the same pattern. I would should you but I dont know how to post the picture. Do you kow what the pattern name is?
Thank you so much for sharing this oil free almond cake recipe. I have now made it about 6 times alternating strawberry and raspberry preserves and we devour them with abandon! Absolutely delicious, super easy and fail proof every time. I wish to make an orange cake with this recipe base and wonder if using 100% orange juice in place of the preserves would work.
Hi Siobhan, I think it should work, although orange marmalade might be a better substitute. If you do use orange juice, use the kind with lots of pulp and use an equal amount as the preserves. Let me know how it goes.
Hi Vaishali, thanks for your reply 🙂 I replaced both the almond milk and jam portions with a good quality pulpy orange juice and it turned out beautifully. Slightly less dense than the original recipe and very orangey!
Hi, I’d really like to make this for my mum’s birthday but she’s allergic to maize - could I use potato starch or something else in place of the cornstarch? Also, do you think the recipe would work as a 2-layer cake?
Hi Anita, use tapioca starch. And yes it would be great as a two-layer cake!
My family loves it! Especially my 6year old. I didn’t use maple but used some dates for sweetness!
My family loved it. Came out nice and fluffy. This recepie is a keeper. Thank-you!
So happy you liked it!
This cake was devoured!!!!!! I didn't even get a picture of it! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I didn't add maple syrup but iced it with coconut whip cream and fruits and it was awesome!! Will be making this for my daughter's 4th birthday!
Awesome! Glad you liked it and thanks for letting me know!
Looks delicious! Would gluten-free flour blend work in place of the corn starch? Thanks!
I think that would work!
Can I substitute cashew flour for Almond flour?
Lisa Dawn Angerame
Hello! I’m looking to make this cake but I don’t have any preserves. Do you think mascerated berries would work? And also would arrowroot work instead of cornstarch? Thanks
Hi Lisa, yes, macerated berries would be fine, and arrowroot works too.