I love recipes that don't require expensive, special gluten free flour blends. This cake is naturally gluten free so people can make it at home easily without conversions, special ingredients and KNOW it will be scrumptious. This is a great baked treat for the holiday dessert table, hostess gift and work potluck. I plan on making one for Christmas Eve at my house. I host a casual Christmas Eve at my house. Anyone that is available stops by for desserts. We load up on the trailer filled with bales of hay and drive around singing Christmas carols, laughing and enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights. It has become a holiday tradition. After we are done on the hay ride, people are welcome to come back to our home and sit by the fire pit and drink mulled wine, coffee or hot chocolate and visit. Some years we have a packed house and other times just a handful depending on work schedules and other plans. Regardless, we always have a great time!
This reminds me of a European cake because they use a lot of ground nuts instead of flour in their baked goods. (I always enjoy a European style cake because it reminds me of my visits to Germany). Nuts keep the cake moist, dense and delicious! You can substitute other nuts like ground hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans or cashews in this recipe. Be creative with what you have on hand or with what is on sale at the store! Keep in mind that most recipes work best if you weigh the ingredients instead of using cup measurements because weight is more precise. However, with that being said...I have used the "cup measurement" for years without issues. You can get conversions online for most ingredients from gram to cup.
Flourless Almond & Coconut Cake Recipe:
- 180 grams of Almond Flour (This is just shy of 2 cups if you don't have a scale). Almond flour is actually finely ground almonds. It is also called almond meal. It doesn't contain flour.
- 60 grams of shredded, unsweetened coconut (This is just about 1 cup if you don't have a scale). If you only have sweetened coconut then reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup and add additional 1/4 cup of almond flour. This will keep the cake from being too sweet.
- 250 grams of sugar (this is just a smidge over 1 cup if you don't have a scale)
- 4 large eggs, room temperature eggs will work best
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
- 175 grams unsalted butter (just a smidge over 3/4 cup if you don't have a scale). If you are using salted butter then omit or reduce the 1/4 tsp. salt in this recipe
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons almond flakes (reserve for sprinkling on top prior to baking)
- powdered sugar for sprinkling (also called icing sugar or confectioner's sugar)
Melt the butter and let it cool & set off to the side. Pre-heat your oven to about 350-356 F degrees (180C). Butter/grease a round pan (springform pan will work best to remove cake easily but if you don't have a springform pan then line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper or grease it really well and put a light coat of almond flour.
|Melted, cooled butter whisking into eggs|
|Almond flour, coconut, sugar & salt mixture|
|Sprinkle with almonds before baking|
Pour the butter/egg mixture into the almond mixture. Stir well. Pour into prepared baking pan and spread it out evenly. Scatter the top with the almond flakes. Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the top of cake springs back slowly when you gently press it. Cool the cake inside the pan and rest on a cooling rack. If you used a springform pan you can release it after it has cooled and serve it with a light dusting of powdered sugar. (If you baked it in a round pan and not a springform pan then you will need to flip it out onto a plate and then flip it again to get it right side up so the almond flakes are showing).
|Ready to eat!|
This cake is perfect just the way it is. You can add a hefty dollop of real whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. This cake also freezes well.
Enjoy the month of December. Remember to take time for yourself and relax. Bake yourself a lovely Flourless Almond Coconut cake. Share it with friends, family or just bake it for yourself to enjoy with a great cup of coffee or tea. (You can freeze pieces to enjoy each week!)
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