A Flourless Almond Cake Recipe
That’s Moist and Scrumptious

If you’re looking for a great almond cake recipe you’re in the right place. This one is easy and delicious, and can be almond flavored or lemon, or...

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Variations of this traditional recipe have their roots in Europe, turning up disguised as layer cakes, tortes, and sponge cakes.

This type of cake is sometimes referred to as an almond torte. And because it’s a flourless almond cake recipe, you can make it a low carb cake if you use a sugar substitute. I use palm sugar.

Almond Cake Recipe
Lemon Almond Cake Recipe
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This recipe is for a lemon almond cake, or gató, from the Mediterranean area of Spain, where both citrus and almonds are plentiful. Instead of regular flour, almond flour is used, so the cake is gluten free.

The almond flour, also known as almond meal, ensures that the cake is moist, and stays fresh for several days.

The flavor can be varied by any kind of citrus or flavoring. For a rich tasting almond flavored cake use 1½ tsp almond extract and leave out the zest and cinnamon.

To make a layer cake, either make two cakes or split in half, and fill with frosting or any kind of filling and/or frosting combination. I like to simply sprinkle powdered sugar over it.

My husband Steve says this is the best cake I ever made.

If you try this recipe, please consider sharing your thoughts below.


Flourless Lemon Almond Cake Recipe

Prepare a 9 inch cake pan or springform pan: grease bottom and sides well. Cut out a circle of wax paper and fit it into the bottom of the pan. Grease the paper. Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with almond flour, shaking out the excess.

Preheat oven to 375º

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 tsp lemon zest, packed*
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 1½ Cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt


    *For an almond flavored cake substitute 1½ tsp almond extract for the zest and cinnamon.

Beat egg yolks, zest, cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp sugar with electric mixer.

Stir in almond flour mixed with 2 Tbsp sugar.

Beat egg whites, pinch of salt, and 4 Tbsp sugar until soft peaks form.

Blend a large spoonful of the egg white mixture into the almond mixture with a spatula. (It will be very stiff so mash it in, and add more whites until it’s soft enough to fold in the rest...)

Fold in the rest of the whites

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 35 minutes until tester comes out clean.
Cool in pan, then un-mold and turn onto a serving platter.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or frost however you like.


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Low Carb, Low Glycemic Almond Cake Recipe Alternative

As you may know by now, I don’t eat a lot of sugar.

Low Carb Almond Cake Recipe
Low Carb Almond Cake Recipe
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I made this recipe using only 2 Tbsp palm sugar, which has the lowest glycemic index of anything I’ve found.

It was wonderful! I didn’t have any kind of sugar spike at all, but that could be because I used very little, and almonds seem to diminish my sensitivity to sugars.

This is a feel good treat for me. Lots of protein, and just enough sweet. Heaven...

The cake came out a little bit flatter than the one with sugar–and just slightly sweet–perfect for me.

Ingredient Tip:

Honeyville sells the most finely ground and best priced almond flour I’ve found. The fine grind makes for a smoother, lighter result. Read my blanched almond flour review here.

Click below to check out prices or purchase from Honeyville:

Honeyville Gluten Free Almond Flour


Tool Tip:

If you’d like a zester that makes short work of zesting citrus or ginger, my favorite is the Microplane Fine Grater. It has razor sharp cutting teeth and a plastic sheathe to protect you when it’s in your drawer, and to prevent dulling.

It’s also much easier to collect the zest, and to clean, than the old style graters. It’s one of my favorite new toys.

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