Flourless almond cake, often referred to as almond torte or almond flour cake, is a delightful gluten-free dessert that’s rich and nutty in flavor. Here’s a simple recipe for you to enjoy:
- 2 cups almond flour (finely ground almonds)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Topping (Optional):
- Sliced almonds
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Fresh berries or a berry compote (for serving)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well to ensure the dry ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Add Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, beat the eggs until they are well mixed. Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using). Mix until the wet ingredients are fully combined.
- Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture is well combined and forms a smooth batter.
- Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top with a spatula. If desired, sprinkle sliced almonds on top for a decorative touch.
- Bake in the preheated oven: Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool and Serve: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen it. Invert the cake onto a serving plate, remove the parchment paper, and let it cool completely.
- Dust with Powdered Sugar: Before serving, you can dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar for an elegant finish.
- Serve: Slice and serve your flourless almond cake plain or with fresh berries or a berry compote for an extra burst of flavor.
This almond cake is not only gluten-free but also incredibly moist and delicious. It’s perfect for dessert, tea time, or any special occasion. Enjoy!