Almond Flour Cake is a delicious gluten-free cake made with almond flour. It is a no flour, no butter, and no refined sugar cake.
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What is Gluten
Gluten is a type of protein that is commonly found in grains. Usually seen in Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats. Gluten causes few medical conditions or allergies like Nausea, Sneezing, Skin Rash. Which is which gluten-free foods are popular these days and many tend to choose grains that are gluten-free.
Rice, Buckwheat, Corn, Flax Seeds are very popular gluten gree grain. Whereas Wheat is the main source of gluten.
Gluten-free cakes are like normal cakes the only difference will be the flour used. It doesn't have the glutens. Gluten is an important protein, especially in cakes. It gives the structure and texture of the cakes. Thus baking a cake without gluten is like a task.
Cakes without gluten might crumble easily, may be dry or even texture will be dense. Yet these days we have so many alternatives to the above issues.
These days gluten-free all-purpose flour or other flours are available on the market. In this recipe, I went with the gluten-free Nut Flour. Almond Flour works well in cakes.
Almond Flour Cake
Usually, we use any flour to bake a cake, but in Almond Flour cake we use nut powder. It is just an Almond meal or Almond powder that does the magic. The texture is super soft and like the flour cake. I found no compromise in the taste and the texture.
How to Prepare Almond Flour.
Blanch the Almond. Soak the Almonds in hot water for 4 hours and remove the skin. Let it dry completely and then grind it to a fine powder. Make sure you grind the Almonds in batches. Blending the Almonds might cause them to release the natural oil and hence pulse it or grind in batches.
After powdering the almonds sift it to remove the harder particles and grind them once again. Almond flour is ready. Indeed homemade Almond flour is fresh and cheap.
FAQ on Gluten-Free Cakes & Almond Flour Cakes
A big yes. Make sure you grind it finely and sieve the Almond powder. So there is no big difference.
These days many follow the Paleo diet and this Almond flour is a great option in that case. Normal flour is high in carbs and low in fat. But Almond flour is low in carbs and high in healthy fat and fiber. Almond flour is definitely a great replacement for normal flour.
The best gluten-free replacement for Almond flour will be coconut flour.
The texture of the flour will be similar. But the Almond flour has a strong nutty and Almond flavor compared to cakes with gluten flours. Indeed it tastes good in Cakes and Cookies.
Ingredients for Almond Flour Cake
Almond Flour or Almond Meal
You can use the Store-bought Almond flour or Almond meal. In case you are not able to source it you can make your own at the home. Use good quality, Almond.
Clarified Butter or Ghee
You can use either Melted butter or Ghee. Both work well.
Since it is a gluten-free cake Egg is necessary for the binding. Not sure about the eggless version. Will try and update here on how it works.
You can use any sweeteners of your choice. I used Brown sugar for the golden color. But we can also use Refined white sugar or Cane Sugar.
The sweetness is on the lighter side and hence I use more Chocolate Chips. You can definitely play with the quantity of chocolate chips used. Use good quality choco chips.
How to prepare Almond Flour Cake, Pictorial
1.In a mixing bowl add in the ¼ th cup of Melted Ghee, break open an egg.
2.Next, add in 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence and ½ tsp of Baking powder.
3.Also, add in a pinch of salt and ½ cup of brown sugar.
4.Using a Whisk beat everything together until creamy.
5.Next, add in 1 cup of Almond Flour. Fold gently such that it's well incorporated along with the other ingredients.
6.To this add in about ⅓ rd Cup of Chocolate Chips. Combine everything together.
7.Grease a baking pan with butter and then Line It with parchment paper.
8.Transfer the batter to the baking pan and tap it three times towards the surface to release air bubbles if any.
9.Preheat an oven at 180 Deg C for about 10 mins .Bake it for about 30 mins or until a toothpick when inserted comes out clean.
Variations & Storing Suggestions:
- You can also use any nuts or even tutti frutti in the cake.
- You can skip Chocolate Chips if you do not prefer.
- The cake stays good at room temperature for 2 days. beyond that, you can refrigerate it for a week.
Similar Recipes with Almonds:
Almond Flour Cake | Gluten Free Almond Cake
Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml
- OTG Oven
- ¼ cup Ghee
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- Salt a pinch
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Almond Flour
- ⅓ cup Chocolate Chips
- In a mixing bowl add in the ¼ th cup of Melted Ghee, break open an egg.
- Next, add in 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence and ½ tsp of Baking powder.
- Also, add in a pinch of salt and ½ cup of brown sugar.
- Using a Whisk beat everything together until creamy.
- Next, add in 1 cup of Almond Flour. Fold gently such that it's well incorporated along with the other ingredients.
- To this add in about ⅓ rd Cup of Chocolate Chips. Combine everything together.
- Grease a baking pan with butter and then Line It with parchment paper.
- Transfer the batter to the baking pan and tap it three times towards the surface to release air bubbles if any. Decorate them with Almond Slices.
- Preheat an oven at 180 Deg C for about 10 mins .Bake it for about 30 mins or until a toothpick when inserted comes out clean.