Lemon Almond Cake

Since most of us indulged during December, I thought I'd post a somewhat lighter cake for dessert during the in-between-holidays week.
It's a delightful cake and originally from the island of Majorca in Spain. Almonds are a major crop of the island, first grown in the 19th century after Majorca's wine industry was wiped out from disease. Mallorcan farmers decided to plant almond trees in their place. Considered high quality almonds, there are more than 100 types grown here and more than 5 million almond trees.

The cake is traditionally served with almond ice cream, but I don't think it needs that....a slice of it with a cup of espresso or cup of tea is absolute perfection. It's delicious, very lemony and it has a lovely light crumb.

Flourless Lemon Almond Cake
From Simply Recipes

4 eggs, separated into 4 egg yolks and 4 egg whites, room temperature 
2 Tbsp lemon zest, packed
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup white sugar, divided 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup 
1 1/2 cup finely ground almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350°F   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.

In a large bowl, beat together with a wooden spoon the egg yolks, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth.
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 by hand until smooth. It will be very thick.

With an electric mixer and the 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. 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.
Fold the beaten egg whites into the almond mixture a large scoopful at a time.  It will be difficult at first, keep folding scoops at a time and soon you'll be able to gently fold in the whites in such a way as to create a light batter.

Pour 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 to a cake serving plate. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar before serving.


  1. This cake look amazinga and delicious!

  2. Sounds perfect! The Knight wouldn't think it sweet enough, but there are a TON of too-sweet things in the house for him.

  3. I came across this recipe, too, but haven't tried it yet. Looks yummy.

  4. I love flourless cakes, Barbara. This looks simple yet very beautiful!

  5. Ah, beautiful and light. I definitely could use some light after the last couple of days.

  6. Love this! Lemon in anything always gets my attention. Happy Holidays Barbara.

  7. This reminds me very much of the perfect almond cake I had in Italy. Gluten free too:-)

  8. I don't even dare getting on my scale! I love your light cake Barbara! Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!

  9. You know how much I love all things lemon! I'm going to bookmark this one for Easter!

  10. does anyone make almond ice cream? i'd be after some of that just by itself, but i can see how it'd be awesome atop this cake too. :)

  11. love citrus cakes, happy new year

  12. Although I'd rather be in Majorca, I'd settle for this delicious cake! I love almond-cased desserts. Funny, I just made a Spanish dessert myself :)

  13. Sounds divine, Barbara:) I've been on quite the lmond kick lately. I read somewhere that 5 almonds a day are good for your health, lol...I'll need that reassurance after I devour this cake, lol...virtually of course:)

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara...Sending Happy, Healthy New Year wishes your way! "See" you next year!!!



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