Thursday, 29 September 2011

Flourless Almond Cake with raspberries

I was talking to a colleague recently and found out she is intolerant of flour. That explains why she politely declines all my baked goods. So I decided to make a flourless cake so she could join in the indulgence! I've made a few flourless cakes previously, usually of the chocolate variety and decided to do something a little different this time. This is a really simple recipe with fantastic results. Its the first recipe I'm trying from a book I bought a while back called Home Bake by Eric Lanlard. He has a cafe-patisserie, Cake Boy in London which another colleague has told me about but I've never had a chance to try it. Has anyone been?
The book is full of lovely pictures, great recipes and tips and I'll definitely be baking from here again. I made some madeleines following the success of this recipe but that's for another day :)
I decided to jazz up this simple cake with some raspberries and homemade raspberry sauce. The verdict - everyone really enjoyed it especially the intended recipient. I've made another one tonight as the first one disappeared so quickly, not everyone had a chance to try it!

100g unsalted butter, melted
200g golden caster sugar
4 large eggs
200g ground almonds
1 teaspoon almond essence

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  • Grease and line a 20cm sponge tin.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs together at medium-high speed until they double in volume. 
  • Whisk in the melted butter and then the ground almonds and almond essence. 
  • Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-45 minutes until the top of the cake is golden brown and the cake is shrinking away from the side of the tin.
  • Allow to stand for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • I served mine with fresh raspberries on top and a homemade raspberry sauce (blitz 150g raspberries with a few drops of lemon juice (to taste) and a few teaspoons of icing sugar (to taste) )


  1. Love the moist texture of this cake, absolutely delicious.

  2. Almond cakes are delicious and yours looks fabulous. Love the colour contrast on this between the yellow and red. Good to hear ELs book is good - I've not seen any of his.

  3. Sorry to give you brownie cravings!! but now you're giving me fruity cravings...that looks so moist and yummy! Raspberries are my absolute fave!

  4. Oh man!!! I want a piece of that cake right now, it looks just wonderful. How lovely of you to think of your work mate that way, I bet she was chuffed to bits to know you had thought of her like that.

  5. I really love flour-less cakes, chocolate ones are especially good! looks delicious!

    Nom! x

  6. That raspberry sauce! Oh yes! Looks a great bake and how considerate of you to cater for your colleague


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