Flourless Lemon Almond Cake

Holiday meals can be so heavy, it’s refreshing to have a dessert that is relatively light, like this flourless lemon almond cake. This is a classic cake recipe, if I’m not mistaken, from southern Spain. The basic ingredients are simply almond flour (finely ground blanched almonds), eggs, sugar, and lemon zest. No butter or wheat flour. The cake behaves a bit like a soufflé in that it gets most of its rise from the eggs in the batter, and then gently falls as it settles. I’ve included a bit of baking powder to help the cake maintain a bit more structure as it cools. The result is a light and tender crumb, softly sweet and lemony. You could easily twirl some raspberry sauce around it, or add a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Flourless Lemon Almond Cake Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8.

It helps to separate the eggs first, while they are cold, and then let them sit to come to room temperature as you prep the other ingredients.  Eggs are easier to separate when cold, and they perform better as leavening agents when at room temperature. When whipping egg whites, make sure your equipment is perfectly clean. Any fat (or even bits of egg yolk in the whites) can keep the egg whites from properly whipping up.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, separated into 4 egg yolks and 4 egg whites, room temperature (see how to separate eggs)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar, divided 1/4 cup (50 g) and 1/4 cup (50 g)
  • 1 1/2 cup (170 g) finely ground almond flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (make sure your baking powder is fresh!)
  • 1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling

* If almond flour is not available at your market, you can grind up blanched, slivered almonds in a food processor until finely ground.  I would start with a little more than 1 1/3 cups, perhaps 1 1/2 cups. Our local Whole Foods carries a Bob's Red Mill brand of finely ground almond flour which is what we used for this recipe. 

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175 °C).  Place a round of parchment paper on the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, and grease it and the sides of the pan with butter or cooking spray.

2 In a large bowl, beat together with a wooden spoon the egg yolks, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.

3 In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, ground cardamom, and baking powder.   Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and beat until smooth.

4 With an electric mixer with a very clean bowl and clean whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, starting on low speed and gradually increasing the speed. When bubbles start to form, add a pinch of salt and the teaspoon of vinegar (both the salt and the vinegar will help the beaten egg whites maintain better structure, as will the sugar in the next step). As the egg whites begin to increase in volume, sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, a little at a time, as you continue to beat the eggs whites.  Beat until soft peaks form.

5 Fold the beaten egg whites into the almond mixture a large scoopful at a time.  You won't get much lift with the first third of the egg whites, but as you add more, you'll be able to gently fold in the whites in such a way as to create a light batter.

6 Gently scoop the batter into a the prepared springform pan and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake helping it to separate from the side of the pan. Release the springform pan sides, and gently move the cake (on parchment) to a cake serving plate. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar before serving.

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86 Comments

  1. Judith

    Could you use lemon juice instead of vinegar to boost the lemon flavor?
    I love your recipes!
    Judith

    • Amy in Fl

      I also wondered that and almost put some lemon juice in it but didn’t. I like this cake wish I couldn’t taste the eggs…I don’t like eggs at all.
      The lemon flavor was very faint. I also added some shredded unsweetened coconut on top just because I love it.
      For a non gluten recipe it is pretty good!

    • J-chan

      I put in a tbsp of lemon juice and it tasted great! No harm to the cake at all.

  2. Bec

    I need a GF dessert for Christmas Day and this looks perfect! Have you tried it with orange instead of lemon?

    • Chris

      I have! I did something similar very recently, but used whole oranges that I boiled first, then pureed in the food processor. I used the recipe from Comfy Belly for Valencia Orange Cake. I’m going to do Elise’s recipe for New Year’s.

      • Jazmin

        Hi,

        Did you use an orange with a thick peel or a thin one? or it doesn’t matter?.

        I don’t know if an orange with a thick peel could affect the flavor.

        Thanks!

  3. Arcey

    “You could easily twirl some raspberry sauce around it, or add a dollop of whipped cream.” — Elise

    Why not both!?! Sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for the new features on the site, especially the ability to print all or some comments. Any way to also print the lead in paragraphs to the actual recipe — your little stories about the dish that are under the top photo? That would be great. Love your site, Elise. You and your team do a terrific job!

  4. mr waturi

    I was very excited to see this entry, as I have been gluten free for over a year now. but then I saw the almond flour. I am ridiculously intolerant of almonds too. woe is me. any other flours i could use?

  5. Lillian

    This looks divine. Do you think it might hold up for baking as cupcakes or mini-cupcakes?

  6. Louise

    Do you know whether this would work with xylitol. Hubbie is diabetic so no sugar for him.

  7. Naomi

    Can we say “yes”?!? This is such a great idea… I wonder if I could substitute the sugar with agave nectar to make it adaptable to paleo? I am sharing this on Facebook, since I have a lot of gluten-free friends :)

    • Elise

      Possibly, though I don’t know how agave would work to help the egg whites with structure.

    • Rebecca

      You might want to try coconut sugar. It is low glycemic and behaves a lot like sugar….

  8. Gayle

    Do you think it would be possible to skip the baking powder (so I could make it for Passover)? Or would it be way too dense?

    Thanks!

    • Elise

      Hi Gayle, yes you could easily skip the baking powder. Most similar recipes I’ve found do not add baking powder. I like the addition because it helps give the cake just a little more structure.

  9. Ruth Geddes

    Could this cake be made a day or so ahead of time and still be good, or does it need to be served the same day it was made? or … could you make it ahead of time and freeze it?

    Thanks!

    • Elise

      Great questions all. I don’t know! I’ve only ever made it and served it right away.

    • Aya

      It’d probably stay good if stored in the refrigerator for only a day, but dessert right out of the oven is usually the best. You’d have to eat cold cake… Unless you heated it, which might ruin the cake (I’m not sure).

  10. pvl

    what kind of vinegar? White? Cider? Wine?

  11. glindy

    This recipe has a lot of potential…perhaps the fresh cardoman powder I used was to fresh, it could be cut in half…it dominated the expensive almond flour (same brand as suggested) …a major upset…my meyer lemon shined…but perhaps too much, using meyers can dominate.
    Sorry the almond cake didn’t taste….but the texture in this recipe was fantastic. Remake!

  12. Ellen

    I just took this cake out of the oven, and I’ll bet it tastes delicious. But… A 9-inch pan is too big. The cake is 3/4 inch tall, and it looks taller in the photo. Technique wasn’t the problem. I’m an experienced baker, and I know how to beat and fold in egg whites. And I used extra-large eggs. I really do think a smaller pan is necessary.

  13. Christine Walker

    Tried it. Really good.

  14. nikkipolani

    Mmmm — came out delicious. I think my springform pan was bigger than yours so the cake wasn’t as tall, but the flavor is very very nice and texture is perfect. When my egg-and-almond-flour seemed more pasty than smooth, I was worried. But once all the egg whites were incorporated, the batter worked out fine. Still thick, but your description of scooping rather than pouring encouraged me that I was on the right track. Thank you!

  15. Julie In San Diego

    Just finished dessert, and this cake was a hit with all. Excellent directions. Thanks.

  16. giantsfan

    Delicious! Perfect dessert after a heavy meal.
    thanks, Again!

  17. Frances

    I made this for Christmas and it was devoured by my son who is wheat-free. I loved it too!

  18. Rosalia

    So this recipe looks more like a cake from Northern Spain called a Torta de Santiago which is my absolute favorite thing to get when I visit my grandparents. Why it never occurred to me that I could make my own I don’t know but I definitely want to try it and see if it’s what I think it is. I’m sooooo excited!

    • Rob

      Funny, I was going to say that it was a gató, from Mallorca. Maybe every part of Spain has a version.

  19. Aleel

    This cake turned out wonderfully and was the perfect closer to my Christmas meal, not too heavy or sweet. It was also tasty with cranberry sauce.

  20. Andy

    I substituted Splenda for the sugar and it came out great. Not only is it tasty, now it is super low carb. Great recipe!!

  21. Angela

    I love your recipes, but since I have recently been eating gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, and sugar free, I haven’t been able to make a lot of them. My mom and I made this today, making a few modifications, and I am so happy to say it turned out great! We used powdered stevia and to counteract the extra dryness that seems to go along with stevia, we added an extra egg. We also reduced the cooking time to 25 minutes and since we couldn’t find our spring form pan we used a bunt cake with a removable center. Our first successul gluten free/sugar free baking experience!

    • angie d

      angela, can you give measurements on the stevia?? im on a candida diet so I also eat sugar free and stevia is all I use.

    • angie d

      angela, can you tell me how much stevia you used?? I also eat sugar free and stevia is all I use.

  22. Arcey

    Elise, the Red Mill almond flour was out of stock, and I see that it’s almost $10, so I was wondering what your thoughts are on the ground almond meal that’s sold at Trader Joe’s. I would think the Red Mill flour is a finer texture, but not sure if that will be a big difference in the outcome. Should I use the TJ’s product as is, or maybe toss it in the food processor for a few seconds, or just wait til I can find almond flour somewhere else. I want to make the cake next week. Thanks. Looks so wonderful!

  23. Colorado cook

    Thank you for this recipe. Two of my kids are gluten-free, and I was wondering what to make for Christmas dessert. We made this cake and it was wonderful!

  24. Chelsea Peddler

    Made this last night – exact recipe. Hubby and kids loved it and so did I – thank you Elise! I found your site this year and have truly enjoyed going there to look for specific recipes, and just to read for enjoyment. Thank you for such a quality site. You are my ‘break’ or ‘treat’ when I have worked all day and need a rest.

  25. Jennifer

    I made this for a New Year’s dinner, and it was awesome! I’m new to baking, so I was concerned when the egg yolk and flour mixture made a dough ball, then had to fold in the egg whites. I thought I had messed up, but it started to come together finally. Served it with fresh whipped cream and raspberries, and it was heavenly. Love your recipes! Everyone thinks I’m a great cook, but I’m just good at following directions for your recipes! Happy New Year!

  26. akajb

    Yum. Yum. Yum. We made it and it was awesome. Although, we had two small changes because of ingredients.

    1) only probably used about 1.5 tbsp lemon rind. It’s labor intensive and requires a lot of lemons for the 2.
    2) didn’t have ground cardamon, so used 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/8 tsp ground cloves (as found on a substitution site).

    Anyway, with both of those it turned out AWESOME! So yummy, and definitely a recipe I’ll make again.

    • Julie

      Here’s a tip which cuts down on the labor: When Meyer lemons are in season buy a big bag of them and peel them, being careful not to get the pith. Toss the peels into a food processor with some sugar and give it a spin until the peels are finely ground. Store the sugar in your freezer and add to it whenever you use a lemon. Then, when a recipe calls for lemon zest, just use the lemon sugar. The sugar has the texture of wet sand but that doesn’t effect the outcome of the cake. I just used it to make this cake (I used 1/2 cup total of lemon sugar, no added zest) and it turned out great. I served it topped with sliced fresh strawberries that I had tossed with a little bit of limoncello. The cake is so good that I am going to have it plain with my morning coffee.

  27. Bethany

    I plan to make this for my friend’s birthday party next Saturday. Before I buy the springform pan, I’m wondering if there is an answer to the 9-inch vs. smaller pan question. It looks as though some may have found the 9-inch pan to be too wide for substantial rise to the cake?

  28. Denise Browning

    Hi, Elise! I love how light this Italian-style coffee cake is… I’ve just read Naomi question about substituting agave nectar for sugar. I hope you do not mind that I answer her question. Yes, it is possible to make this cake using agave nectar instead of sugar but the cake will be neither as light as this nor as pale in color. Other things to consider:
    1- For each cup of white sugar replaced, use 2/3 of a cup of agave plus reduce eggs amount by 1/4 (instead of 4 eggs, use 3) so the cake structure will be preserved.
    2- Agave nectar (syrup) will may cause baked items to brown more quickly. Because of this, oven temperature should be reduced by 25°F and baking time increased slightly.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!!! Hoping to make the original recipe soon.

  29. Arcey

    Made this a few days ago for a potluck and it was scrumptious, with rave reviews! There was one piece left over after serving everyone, and instead of saying “does anyone want this last piece.” I quietly packed it up to take it home. Good call! It was even better the next day. I’ll definitely make this again.

    I agree with someone above that 2 tbs. of lemon peel is quite a bit of work, and a lot of lemons. But I think even a little more would have been good — the lemon taste was quite subtle and a little more rind would have increased the lemon flavor, but a little less might make the lemon too subtle.

    I was surprised there was no lemon juice in the recipe. Would that make the cake too wet? I’d love to try it with lemon juice, but would hate to ruin the cake. Anyone have an answer to this? Thanks.

  30. Kim

    Great cake! I made this yesterday and I love it, yum-o!

  31. Greg

    Fantastic!!! I made this yesterday for family dinner with my GF daughter. Added some raspberries on top, with some raspberry syrup. Everyone (even my GF hating son-in-law) loved it!!! Like most GF baked goods, it’s not “tall”, but the texture was better than most GF cakes we’ve tried. Definitely will do this one again!
    THANKS!!

  32. Carolyn

    This cake is heaven! Thank you so much for sharing recipe.

  33. jazmin

    I made this last night and it is really delicious!

  34. Lisa @cookeatpaleo

    This sounds wonderful! I will probably try it with coconut sugar or just a little bit of honey instead of white sugar.

  35. Donnchadha Reid

    Cake looks delicious.

    I was just wondering when you say Almond flour do you mean ground almonds?

  36. Teevee

    I don’t have a springform pan right now and I also don’t have cardamom. Is there anything I can use as a replacement? :)

  37. Ceallach

    This looks like a very tasty cake, and the fact that it’s flourless is even better. However, I try to maintain a low carb lifestyle; which begs the question; has anyone made this cake using a sugar substitute, such as stevia? How did it turn out? Garnished with either sugar free blackberry or raspberry preserves, this would make an elegant yet deceptively delicious dessert. The best part is, it would make the perfect ending to a low carb dinner.

  38. Monica

    I just made this, with the following changes:

    - Used lemon juice instead of vinegar 1:1 (just seemed like a good use for those naked lemons)
    - I don’t like “warm dessert spices”, so I subbed a Tbsp of poppy seeds for the cardamon. I realize that totally changes the flavor. :-)

    It was GREAT! My son has celiac, and I love finding “real” recipes that just happen to be GF. They are usually much better than adapted recipes.

    Thanks Elise!

  39. Laurie

    This was SOO good. I split the batter into 12 muffin pans (1/4 cup each, it was just enough batter) for mini cakes that I then glazed with a simple vanilla extract/powdered sugar/milk icing. To me it’s reminiscent of a fluffier lemon Madeline cookie. I’m a sucker for Madeleine cookies and lemon so this was perfect. Delicious. Thank you!

  40. Arcey

    I was planning on making the lemon ricotta blueberry pound cake for a dinner next week, but now am thinking of maybe doing this recipe instead. I’ve made it a couple of times now, so I know it’s good. My question is this — I already bought the blueberries for the other cake and wonder if they might work well baked into this batter. Any thoughts on this Elise (or anyone else)? Thanks.

    • Melanie

      Why not just serve the blueberries on the side with a dollop of whipped cream?They would add lovely color to the dessert.

  41. mlt65

    Just make this cake the other day and it is wonderful! I wanted to boost the lemon flavor a bit so added the juice of half a lemon ( about 2 tbls of lemon juice). Delicious! I will be making this often.

  42. Danielle

    anyone every try to replace the white sugar for an all natural substitute, in particular, Stevia? any idea how the recipe would be modified? Something will need to replace the bulk of the white sugar since you’ll need a lot less Stevia. Thanks!

  43. Siri

    I was wondering if you’ve ever modified this recipe for a larger crowd? I’m holding an event for 50 people and love the sound of this. I’m wondering if I multiply the ingredients by 6 or 7 (allowing a small piece each for 50 guests), what size tin should I use and how long should I bake it for? Thanks!

  44. Mish

    I just put this in the oven even though I’m pretty sure I royally screwed it up. I didn’t beat the egg and flour mixture with the hand mixer, only by hand, and it got very hard. I didn’t think it looked smooth but the recipe didn’t call for using the hand mixer so I didn’t. Then when I tried to add the beaten whites (which was the step I was most worried about because I’ve never beaten egg whites stiff before), I couldn’t incorporate it b/c the egg/flour mixture was too hard. I did the best I could and stuck it in the oven, but I don’t think I did that right at all. Elise, can you advise? It’s for my GF sister-in-law’s birthday on Thursday and I really wanted to treat her. What should I do differently when I try it again tomorrow??

  45. Zule

    I LOVED THIS! My partner who is not usually a cake person has gone back again and again and again. Here’s what I had to change though:
    1st – I prefer to use lemon and lime juice instead of vinegar, and I doubled or tripled the amount because the batter (before adding egg whites) was just too dry!
    2nd – I added the zest of a lemon and a lime in the cake and I only had ginger and cinnamon for the aromats and they worked so well!
    3rd – because the cake is a little on the ‘subtle’ flavour side, which is absolutely fine – however I added a beautiful sugar syrup made of the juice of one small lime and half a lemon and 3 tbsps of icing sugar which I brought to the boil. I spiked the cake with a knife and drizzled that tangy lemon lime thick syrup all over the cake which seeped into the lightl scented sponge and made it so luscious and with a serious CITRUS BANG! Highly suggest this recipe with extra citrus juice in the batter and the citrus syrup. It was the best happy accident I have ever made!!!

  46. Johan & Pauline

    Delicious cake, even better when it is topped with lemon curd! Also, we skipped the cardamom.

  47. Lyn

    Delighted to have ‘stumbled’ on this recipe. It’s in the oven right now so I’m looking forward to a lovely cake for tomorrow.

    Those of you who say 2 tbsp of zest is a lot of work need to invest in a microplane or two. Two lemons, one minute: 2 tbsp of zest. Like others, I used lemon juice instead of vinegar. I also use Citric acid to aid in whipping the egg whites (classic technique).

    I also replaced sugar with Splenda (the bulk version, not the packets and NOT the bake version) to make the carb footprint much lower.

    I want to thank everyone who steps out of the box and dives into the recipe experimentation field! I don’t have your courage I’m sad to say, but know I so appreciate your efforts.

  48. Fadh

    I just baked this cake. It turns out so fine! Fluffy and does not really have the grainy feeling (from the almond flour). Served it with sugar free strawberry preservatives, it’s so yummy! Thanks so much for the recipe :)
    (Note: I replaced white sugar with 1/4 cup of stevia since I’m on low carb diet)

  49. Claudette

    Elise- this was absolutely amazing! I did what some others mentioned and used lemon juice. I also added a few drops of almond extract. My daughter loves helping & we baked them in mini cake molds for 25 minutes. So delicious with raspberries. You’re the best!

  50. charmin

    what an awful recipe! I ended up with a hard dough, nothing like a cake batter. Simply terrible.

    • Elise

      The recipe actually works, but it isn’t the easiest to pull off. You have to have a light touch when working with beaten egg whites and folding them in. Sorry it didn’t work out for you.

    • Nilstria

      If you ended up with a hard dough, you probably folded in the egg whites wrong and made them collapse, or just didn’t beat them long enough so they fell prematurely. Egg whites require a fine hand and knowing a couple tricks doesn’t hurt.

      First, add in about a quarter of the egg whites and fold it in. Don’t worry if they fall a little. It is designed to loosen and lighten the batter. After that, you should be able to carefully and tenderly fold in the rest. I find myself that incorporating the egg whites in larger increments versus smaller scoopfuls also helps to keep them from falling. If you don’t know how to properly fold in egg whites, look up a demonstration online. The theory is quite simple. I hope you will give this cake another try. It is quite tasty and worth an experiment.

  51. NVance

    I followed the directions but used Splenda (since I am diabetic) and found the cake to be heavy and dry. When adding the egg whites, I had great difficulty incorporating them into the batter which remained quite lumpy. I put it into 3 small bundt type pans (a bit larger than a large muffin tin) and cooked it a little less time. The only thing that redeemed it was putting a lemon glaze on top. It was very disappointing to me.

    • Elise

      Sugar is needed to provide moisture to the cake (that’s one of the useful attributes of sugar in baking). I don’t recommend making the recipe without it.

  52. Nilstria

    For those of you having trouble incorporating the egg whites, mayhap beat them a little longer and just not care about the first quarter you add. It is there to moisten, break up, and lighten the batter, so let it do what it will when you put it in. That bit really helps to make carefully folding in the remainder much easier. Adding a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in the batter doesn’t hurt either. If you can make coconut macaroons, you can make this easily.

    I made two of these, one with honey in the cake and coconut sugar in the egg whites, and another with all coconut sugar. The first one rose well, but wasn’t that sweet and collapsed a great deal when it came out of the oven. Its crumb was heavier than my second, though still surprisingly moist. The second, with all coconut sugar, rose to the height of my springform pan and definitely held itself better. It had better structure. I think both are fine depending on what you’re going for, but using all coconut sugar versus some honey really did make a difference to the overall composition of the cake.

    I made a glaze out of lemon juice and honey for it and that really added to the flavor and moistness of the cake.

    For those of you baking for “no refined sugar, gluten-free, no-GMO, paleo” people, do not use powdered sugar because it is a refined sugar and has cornstarch in it. If you can, find non-GMO cornstarch. Also, find baking powder that doesn’t have aluminum in it. That was the only thing my friend caught me on, because I didn’t know. Other than that, stick to honey and coconut sugar. Stevia doesn’t add the structure and can add a bad aftertaste.

    I would like to know how this recipe does with other gluten free flours. The almond flour alone made it a little grainy. Maybe half and half with something else and adding a glaze of lemon and sliced almonds?

  53. Liv

    Thought this recipe looked interesting easy and delicious so I made it today and it was amazing! Very simple, light, airy, and honestly surprised people that it was gf. I added lemon juice to boost the flavour, skipped out on the vinegar (didn’t have it), used cinnamon and nutmeg in equal parts because I also didn’t have cardamom, and finally, added pure vanilla extract. I cooked it in a much smaller baking dish and it rose beautifully. It was a hit so thank you for this!

  54. shanthi

    I added some apple sauce, lime juice and frozen blue berries and also stevia instead of sugar. Used cinnamon instead of cardamom. It was divine and also I could eat without feeling guilty. Thanks for the recipe and will definitely make again

  55. Shannon

    This recipe came out awful. I followed every step by step just the way as written but the yolk, almond flour mixture came out so dry when I folded the egg whites in it, it was still very lumpy. Shouldn’t the almond flour mixture contain some more liquid like lemon juice? I ends up throwing it away. I had high hopes for this recipe and I am very disappointed the way it came out and how poorly the recipe was written.

  56. Sammy

    I thought the recipe was great! I made sure I used sugar and extra lemon zest. It was awesome!

  57. urooj

    Hi! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
    Can I use ground oats flour instead of almond flour?? I sooo want to make this cake but I can’t find almond meal where I live and when I grind almonds in my Food processor, it ALWAYS releases oil and I end up in a mess (I end up making nut butter but it’s annoying)!! Same with peanuts!! I have tried many methods but none works for me! woe to me.
    Also where I live, buying it online is like CRAZILY expensive!
    Please reply if I can use oats flour! or any other healthy flour instead of APF!
    Thanks a lot

    • Elise

      Hello urooj, it is an almond cake that uses almond flour as a main ingredient. I have no idea what will happen if one attempts to make this cake with ground oat flour instead. But if you try it that way, please let us know how it turns out for you!

  58. Rita

    Made this twice and its amazing, my family is “carb free” and I used 1/4 cup of stevia instead of the 1/2 cup of sugar. They LOVED it!!! I marinated strawberries/blueberries in lemon juice and a tad stevia – let it sit – poured this on top of cake topped before serving and a dollop of with whip cream and VOILA! A an absolutely delicious cake. I will make this again!

  59. Nina

    I’ve made this cake three times and I always get rave reviews. The first time I was serving 10 guests so I increased the ingredients by half. While in the oven it looked gorgeous, right after I took it out it still look perfect, 10 minutes later I noticed it had deflated leaving a “depression” in the center. I thought that maybe increasing the ingredients caused it. The next two times, I followed the recipe exactly and both times got that collapsed middle. All times the cakes were cooked perfectly and were delicious. How can I avoid the sagging center in the future? Thanks.

    • Elise

      Hi Nina, since the cake relies on eggs for leavening, what you are seeing is typical. Like a soufflé, it can fall. Experienced bakers have their tricks for keeping this from happening too much, you may want to Google for some ideas. I would try lowering the temp to maybe 275 and letting it cook longer. Also be very gentle when you open and close the oven door, and when you remove the cake from the oven.

  60. NJBrit

    Yes, a recipe to add to the repertoire. I added an extra egg as the base was really too dry maybe because of the almond flour I used. I was surprised with the subtle overtone provided by the cardamom but I also added almond extract to the egg mixture and cinnamon to the dry mixture.

  61. Jettekins

    Saw this posted on a low carb website and had to try it immediately.
    Also used Stevia like some others suggested and I think it turned out fantastic. Next time I’ll however use almond or vanilla extract as I found the lemon does not really go well with almond in my tastebuds.
    I’m leaving a piece sliced lengthways overnight and will toast this tomorrow to see if I can use it as a sandwich alternative.
    Yes, it is rather dry but afrter adding a scoop of whipped cream and strawberries it had the perfect balance. This will become a staple in my kitchen

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