Italian Lemon Almond Flour Cake (grain-free, gluten-free)

This Italian lemon almond flour cake (also known as torta caprese bianca) is full of lemon flavor and has a lovely texture! It’s also gluten-free and grain-free.

This Italian lemon almond flour cake (also known as torta caprese bianca) is full of lemon flavor and has a lovely texture! It's also gluten-free and grain-free.

I posted this cake recipe six years ago and am reposting it today with new pictures (you can see the old one at the bottom of the post) because the old ones didn’t do it justice and because hardly any of my readers were around here back in 2012.

It’s gotten tons of reviews and everyone seems to love it so I thought you all needed to see it, too. :) It’s been a hit for gluten and non-gluten eaters alike.

If you’re tired of carrot cake for Easter, this would be a great option for Easter dessert! If you’re not tired of carrot cake, then I can highly recommend the gluten-free carrot cake I posted last week. Or these paleo carrot cupcakes!

One thing that people keep asking about this almond flour cake is if you can omit or replace the 1 cup + 3 tablespoons of chopped white chocolate. Unfortunately that’d be a no.

That’s a whole lot of something to omit from a recipe! It’s not an add-in. It’s needed for sweetness and the structure of the cake.

A few reviewers have experimented with it, but I haven’t. So please check out the reviews if you’re interested in that.

This almond flour cake really isn’t one of my regular healthy (or at least healthy-ish) recipes. If you’d prefer something without all the sugar, try my paleo lemon cookies or these paleo lemon bars. Both are also vegan! As is this awesome-looking vegan panna cotta, which I can’t wait to try.

The traditional Italian torta caprese, which I have yet to make, is made with semi-sweet chocolate. This one uses white chocolate but weirdly enough, the chocolate flavor isn’t really apparent.

I can’t really even tell it’s in there. If you dislike white chocolate, I think you’d have no problem with this lemon cake!

And although I thought the cake was lemony, it wasn’t extremely lemony. Normally I don’t do subtle.

If I want something lemony, I want the lemon flavor to punch me in the face and not just be hanging around in the background. But it worked here.

If you cut into it and it looks a little underdone in the middle, don’t panic! That’s how it’s supposed to be.

You can see what that looks like in the bottom picture. You can’t really see it in the new pictures.

A few random things – you don’t have to refrigerate the cake, but it tastes much better that way. And this recipe halves wonderfully! Use a 7″ cake pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Also, since this almond flour cake recipe was converted from an Italian one, the cup measurements are a bit unusual. If you have a scale, I recommend using it! I know I always say this but it’s especially helpful for this recipe.

Want some more lemony goodness? Try these gluten-free lemon sugar cookies!

Questions about this Italian lemon cake?

  • Can I omit the white chocolate? You unfortunately can’t just omit 19 tablespoons of an ingredient from a cake recipe and expect it to work. One commenter did that and said that original version is better.

    Other commenters have tried out other things in place of the white chocolate so check out the comments if you’re interested. I’m not listing any of them here because I haven’t tried them and have no idea how they compare to the original!

  • Can I reduce the white chocolate? I’m guessing a reduction down to 3/4 cup would be okay and not have a huge effect on the outcome but again, I haven’t tried it!

  • Can I use semi-sweet chocolate instead of white chocolate? I’ve been meaning to try that but haven’t gotten around to it yet! I think it’d work but am not positive. If you try it out, please let us know how it worked out. :)

  • Can I omit the eggs / use an egg replacement? Nope. You’re beating the yolks and whites separately for this recipe and it’s important for the texture.

  • Can I use another type of flour? I’ve only tried this with almond flour. Another type of nut flour / meal might work but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it. I don’t think any other nut flour, except maybe cashew, would go with the lemon very well!

    All-purpose gluten-free flour, wheat flour, rice flour, etc. will not work here. If you want something with a different type of flour, try this gluten-free lemon pound cake!

  • Can I use something else in place of the lemon zest, extract and juice? Lime sounds tasty! Or orange.

  • Can I use a different sized pan? Yes, but you’ll just have to watch it and take it out when you think it’s ready. I have absolutely no idea of baking times until I try it myself. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! I do know that you can use a 7″ cake pan and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Can I use something else in place of the sugar? The Italian recipe uses granulated sugar but I tried it out with coconut sugar. If you use coconut sugar, your cake will be darker than the pictures but will still be delicious! Liquid sweetener won’t work and as always, no idea how to make this low-carb (which isn’t even really a possibility anyway with all that white chocolate!).

  • Can I use something else in place of the butter? If you want to use coconut oil, I’d recommend using 10 tablespoons coconut oil + 3 tablespoons water. This is because coconut oil is 100% fat and butter is only 80-82% fat. Using the full amount of coconut oil (13 tablespoons) would make this cake too oily.

    I haven’t tried olive oil or any liquid oils and am not super optimistic about them.

This grain-free Italian lemon cake (also known as torta caprese bianca) is made with almond flour and is full of lemon flavor!

If you’re in more of a cupcake mood, try these gluten-free lemon cupcakes from What the Fork Blog!

This grain-free Italian lemon cake (also known as torta caprese bianca) is made with almond flour and is full of delicious lemon flavor! Naturally gluten-free and grain-free.

Italian Lemon Almond Flour Cake (Torta Caprese Bianca - grain-free, gluten-free)

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Italian Lemon Almond Flour Cake (grain-free, gluten-free)
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  • Yield: One 10" cake


  • 320 grams (this is about 3 cups + 3 tablespoons) almond flour (not almond meal) or blanched almonds, ground into almond flour
  • 200 grams (1 cup + 3 tablespoons) white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk (I used 1.5% milk)
  • 180 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
  • 130 grams (about 2/3 cup) granulated sugar or coconut sugar1, divided
  • zest of 4 lemons, about 2 tablespoons
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 40 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of limoncello or lemon juice
  • berries and powdered sugar as garnish, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 176°C and grease a 10" / 26cm pan or line it with parchment paper. If using blanched almonds instead of almond flour, process them in the food processor until they're pretty finely ground. If you grind them too much, they'll release oil and become almond butter.
  2. Combine the white chocolate and milk / cream in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Heat in 30 second increments and stir after every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest. Beat the butter with 100 grams of sugar and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add the lemon zest, egg yolks and lemon extract and beat until well combined. Then add the almond flour / ground almonds and the melted chocolate. Add the limoncello / lemon juice and beat until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl with spotlessly clean beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 30 grams of sugar to the egg white mixture. Fold the egg whites into the almond batter until well combined. Spoon the batter into the greased pan and bake for 40 - 45 minutes. If making half the cake, use a 7" / 18cm pan and bake for 30 minutes. The cake will puff up in the oven, but when cooling, it'll fall back down.
  6. Let it cool completely in the pan and then invert the cake onto a plate, and then flip that back into the pan or onto another plate (so that it's not upside down). Sprinkle on some powdered sugar if desired and top with berries, but only before serving. Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated (I think it's best that way) for up to 5.


  1. If using coconut sugar, blend in a coffee grinder first so that it's basically like powdered coconut sugar. I'd be worried about how well non-grinded coconut sugar would do with the egg whites. I'm guessing not well. Please note that your cake will be brown and not yellow! It's unfortunately not possible to use coconut sugar and have the cake come out yellow.

Adapted from Dolce Mania - Torta Caprese Bianca

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  • Jerica says
    March 8, 2019 @ 5:19 am

    I’ve just made it for the second time and it’s one of my favourite cakes! So beautiful with raspberries. It’s a little bit more complicated than other recipes but quite worth it! Thank you! 😊

    • Erin replies to Jerica
      March 10, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you think it’s worth the extra effort. :) And one of your favorite cakes?! Woohoo. :D Thank you for your feedback!

  • Shawn says
    March 6, 2019 @ 4:22 am

    Hi, I’m not sure if this question was asked, and if so, sorry for the duplication, but rather than coconut sugar, do you know if it’s possible to substitute with swerve granulated sweetener or xylitol sweetener? Thanks in advance!

  • Millie says
    February 21, 2019 @ 8:36 pm

    Looks wonderful. I have no lemon flavouring on hand could I use limoncello liquor in place? Love anything with lemon. Thanks

    • Erin replies to Millie
      February 25, 2019 @ 7:38 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your question! Yes, you can. :) I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • Tom Grimshaw
    February 8, 2019 @ 6:32 pm

    I have baked this a few times now and EVEYRONE who has tried it loves it! I used the coconut sugar and it was great!

    • Erin replies to Tom Grimshaw
      February 20, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

      I’m so sorry for just now seeing your comment! I’m thrilled that everyone loves it. :) Yay! Thanks for your feedback and sorry again for my slow reply!

  • Robyn
    January 28, 2019 @ 3:38 pm

    Absolutely delicious and moist cake with the right amount of lemon flavour! My international Italian student said it was the best cake she ever had!! Bakery worthy.

    • Erin replies to Robyn
      January 28, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

      Wow, what a compliment! Thanks a bunch for your comment. It made me really happy. :D

  • Yvonne says
    January 20, 2019 @ 6:28 am

    I never saw this question but I’m wondering if anyone or you have made this in a two layer cake? Also I’m looking for a white or yellow cake so could I eliminate the lemon zest and flavoring and out a little almond extract? I’m making for a shower and I can’t find anything as delicious as this cake.

    • Erin replies to Yvonne
      January 20, 2019 @ 8:56 pm

      I think it’s way too dense to be made as a layer cake. Your almond extract idea would probably work fine. :)

      • Yvonne
        replies to Erin
        January 31, 2019 @ 9:50 pm

        I made it for a bridal shower, no lemon just almond extract. Topped with thin layer of French cream custard with whipped cream and plain berries, huge hit. Everyone raves about it! Best recipe ever!!

        • Erin replies to Yvonne
          February 10, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

          I’m sorry for just now seeing your nice comment! Your version sounds so delicious. I’ll have to try it And I love the idea of some custard on top. Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Celie
    January 9, 2019 @ 9:04 pm

    I made this for a friend’s birthday, uncertain of what the outcome would be. I asked for a truthful opinion of this cake, no hurt feelings if it was just ‘smeh’. She absolutely loved it! She gave it 5 stars, a recipe worthy to be saved and remade! (Her daughter chimed in that it could be served in a professional bakery.) Thanks for sharing this jewel of a recipe!

    • Erin replies to Celie
      January 14, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m really happy that you and your friend enjoyed it and thought it was worthy of making again. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Melissa says
    December 17, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

    I’m sorry if this is a silly question- I’m new to the baking arena.

    I have a 8″, 9″, and 10″ cake pan. Which one or two would be best? (Just an FYI- Doubling the recipe is definitely an option for me.)

    • Erin replies to Melissa
      December 17, 2018 @ 7:11 pm

      It’s not a silly question! The recipe calls for a 10″ cake pan so use that one. :)

  • Renee Lumio says
    December 5, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

    do you think I could use a non dairy substitution like creamer or almond milk?

    • Erin replies to Renee Lumio
      December 7, 2018 @ 10:28 am

      For the whipping cream? Yes, almond milk should work!

  • Nina DelSesto says
    November 27, 2018 @ 9:21 pm

    This recipe looks amazing. I’m wondering if I must use the Giradelli WHITE CHOCOLATE? OR if it would work to replace that with straight up Cocoa butter which I currently have a lot of? Its just plain. NO other ingredients added. I noticed the white baking chocolate DOES have some other ingredients. So maybe even using cocoa butter I might need to add something else back in?

    • Erin replies to Nina DelSesto
      November 28, 2018 @ 9:29 am

      Hi! Thanks. You don’t have to use Ghiradelli. Other brands work, too. I’ve never tried using cocoa butter as a white chocolate replacement so I have no idea how that’d work. It sounds like it’d be an expensive experiment so I wouldn’t recommend it. I guess you could make homemade white chocolate with your cocoa butter and then use that but even then I’m not positive. Sorry I can’t be more of a help!

      • Nina DelSesto replies to Erin
        November 29, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

        that’s all right. thanks for your response. I sort of came up with that I could make my own white Chocolate. but I don’t need to let it set, just make it melted and use it that way. I’m also using alternative sweetener. Low carb, so that is another reason I’m wanting to make my own white chocoate. I’ll let you know how it goes!

        • Erin replies to Nina DelSesto
          December 2, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

          Good point about not needing to let it set. I’m very interested in hearing your results. :)

  • Wafa
    October 30, 2018 @ 2:11 am

    This cake is absolutely divine! Thank you so much for sharing, your recipes are always incredible. I recently tried an orange variation of this cake and it was amazing. I used 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice, 4 teaspoons of orange zest and 1/4th teaspoon of almond extract. I topped it off with an orange simple syrup made with freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest and powdered sugar all brought to a boil and set aside to cool. After pouring the syrup on the cake, I sprinkled some ground up almonds and pistachios. Too good!

  • Savannah
    October 19, 2018 @ 8:10 pm

    You already had me at “grain-free”, but the photos and video really sealed the deal! This looks absolutely scrumptious, and looks like it holds together so well – especially for almond flour. I will be trying this for some family coming over this weekend!

    • Erin replies to Savannah
      October 21, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

      I hope that you and your family will enjoy it! And it does hold together well. Probably thanks to the white chocolate? :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Valerie Gallagher
    August 1, 2018 @ 5:56 pm

    This is the most delicious and amazing dessert! Everyone I’ve served it to not only asked for the recipe but said it was the best lemon cake they’d ever had! Superior to the best Italian bakeries. It’s moist and has just the right amount of lemon flavor. And it tastes even better as it sits for days! We’ve had it last up to 4 days (when it was only my husband and I eating it). This recipe will impress your family and friends. One note on the prep time, it takes me close to an hour.

    • Erin replies to Valerie Gallagher
      August 2, 2018 @ 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your nice feedback! I’m thrilled that everyone has asked for the recipe and that you think it’s better than what you find at bakeries. And 4 days is very impressive. ;) Thanks again for your comment!

  • Denise Nielsen
    July 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

    Delicious and beautiful cake. The texture is nice, a bit moist on the inside with a bit of a crunch on the outside. Used coconut sugar, and the color was darker as expected, but still beautiful. Everyone thought it was quite special.

    • Erin replies to Denise Nielsen
      July 18, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

      That’s great! So happy to hear that people thought it was special. :) I also like that crunch on the outside! Thanks a bunch for your feedback.

  • Marissa
    June 12, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! Will try is ASAP

    • Erin replies to Marissa
      June 13, 2018 @ 8:40 pm

      You’re welcome! Enjoy. :)

  • Janice Shankman
    May 23, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

    Made exactly as written EXCEPT that I don’t have a 10″ pan…only 9″ Springform or 11″ stoneware. I opted for the stoneware and it came out WONDERFULLY. It’s a very decadent cake, so I cut it into twelve slices and froze the leftovers. I just defrosted a few last night for dinner and they were just as yummy as when originally baked two weeks ago.

    • Erin replies to Janice Shankman
      May 24, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

      Oooh! It’s great to know that it freezes so well. I’m very happy to hear that you liked it! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Nadia Haque says
    May 5, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

    Excellent cake. Thank you this is the best gluten free cake. Love it very much. I just wanted to add the cooking time for the fan oven is more. I baked 1/2 the recipe in a 7 inch as recommended but it took about 45 minutes plus with the heat at 160. It came out PERFECT. I added 1 tablespoon Psyllium husks. They really help in raising and adding structure to gluten-free baking. I served it with white chocolate ganache.
    It tastes better than any wheat flour cake I’ve ever had.

    • Erin replies to Nadia Haque
      May 6, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

      Wow. Better than a wheat flour cake! I’m so happy to hear that. :) White chocolate ganache sounds like an amazing addition. Thanks so much for your feedback and the tip on the baking time!

  • Dani van Wyk says
    April 10, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    I was asked to bring a pudding to a friend’s wedding and I made this…It was unbelievable. Perfection. A beautiful balance between the sweetness and the citrus, with the almond to round it off magically.
    Thank you

    • Erin replies to Dani van Wyk
      April 10, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy that you liked it. :) I hope the others liked it, too! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Carol
    April 8, 2018 @ 7:41 pm

    Delicious and beautiful! I was out of butter so I subbed 1/2 of an 8 oz bar of cream cheese and the rest Crisco. I was also out of regular milk, so I used buttermilk. The cake still came out FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for this recipe.

    • Erin replies to Carol
      April 10, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

      I’m so happy that it came out well for you! Cream cheese + buttermilk sounds like a great sub. Thanks for your tip and your comment!

  • Anna Rodriques
    April 3, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

    Omg!! the cake looks so delicious and the recipe is not complicated either. You know my 7 yr old daughter loves to bake. I think she will love making this!!

    • Erin replies to Anna Rodriques
      April 5, 2018 @ 11:12 am

      I hope your daughter will try it out and you’ll enjoy eating it! ;) Thanks for your comment!

  • Natalie
    March 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    This cake is simply gorgeous! I love the inner texture – looks so moist ♥

    • Erin replies to Natalie
      March 28, 2018 @ 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Natalie! :)

  • ronit Joseph says
    March 23, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

    I love with this recipe and am trying to make it for passover seder this year since it doesn’t contain wheat flour. Looking forward to it!!

    • Erin replies to ronit Joseph
      March 24, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

      I hope everyone will enjoy it! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Vinny says
    January 18, 2018 @ 3:23 am

    When incorporating the 30 g of sugar into the soft peaked egg whites, do you then beat them into stiff peaks?

    • Erin replies to Vinny
      January 21, 2018 @ 11:02 am

      Hi there and so sorry for just now seeing your comment! And no – no stiff peaks. Just add the sugar and mix until combined. :)

  • Amy
    January 12, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

    Just tried this we all loved it! This a keeper! Plan to use this recipe for my sister’s birthday.

    • Erin replies to Amy
      January 14, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

      I hope she’ll enjoy it! So happy you liked the cake. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Jade says
    December 6, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    I am so excited to bake this cake! :)
    I was just curious though, so you think I could make this cake in a bundt tin?

    • Jade replies to Jade
      December 6, 2017 @ 11:35 pm


    • Erin replies to Jade
      December 8, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

      I haven’t tried it but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work in a bundt pan. I think it’s too dense and delicate for that. Sorry about that (and for my slow reply!).

  • Kim Scott says
    November 12, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

    Hi, I am making this for my brother that cannot have any grain or corn. His diet has led me to trying a lot of recipes that otherwise would never even know about. His favorite is lemon so I hope that it turns out great. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Erin replies to Kim Scott
      November 13, 2017 @ 10:10 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope he’ll enjoy the cake. :)

  • saru says
    November 11, 2017 @ 9:55 am

    This recipe is life:) I have made it several times and turns out perfect every time. I have even done a chocolate version of this and it beautiful.

    • Erin replies to saru
      November 13, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

      So happy to hear that! Do you just the same amount of semi-sweet chocolate? Thanks for the tip! :)

      • Aarti replies to Erin
        January 18, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

        Hi, This recipe sounds fab, but I’d rather not use chocolate, or use semi-sweet regular (since I have it at home). Can I omit it all together? Seems like some folks have. I’m okay with cakes not being too sweet. Or should I sub some brown sugar/honey for the chocolate?

        • Erin replies to Aarti
          January 21, 2018 @ 10:59 am

          Hi there! I’ve still only tried this recipe as written. You can try out what the others have in the comments, but like I told them, it’s not possible to just omit an entire cup of chocolate from a recipe. You’d need to add additional fat and sugar, not just for the taste, but for the texture. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

  • Beatriz Flatt says
    November 10, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    Erin I forgot to also comment and this go for Beth that this cake can be freeze as I have done it, just make sure it is in good freeze paper and bag and since the cake is just for my self, I divide it in 1/2 and the part I freeze, I took it out one months later, still was delicious with some heavy cream on top and of course at room temperature, can not say enough about this cake.

    • Erin replies to Beatriz Flatt
      November 13, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

      Awesome! That’s great to know. Thanks again for the great feedback. :)

  • Beatriz Flatt
    November 8, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    I am Gluten Free and this is one of the best cakes I have found so far, I do love it, love it, love it, thank you so much for share it, I do need a cake because of my low sugar and this one can not be better, it is a WINNER .

    • Erin replies to Beatriz Flatt
      November 9, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

      I’m very happy to hear that you loved the recipe so much! Thanks a ton for your nice comment. :)

  • Diane says
    September 21, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    I have made this cake multiple times and it’s always amazing. I decorate it with an Italian meringue buttercream for more formal occasions and everyone loves it. Thank you for the recipe

    • Erin replies to Diane
      September 21, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

      I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying it! I never thought about decorating it. I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Lorie Cotton says
    September 18, 2017 @ 3:43 am

    Is it possible to substitute coconut oil for the butter?

    • Erin replies to Lorie Cotton
      September 21, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

      I’m actually not sure. Butter is 80% fat and coconut oil is 100%. I’m thinking it may actually come out too greasy! And sorry for my slow reply. I just got back from a vacation where I didn’t have any reception.

  • Beth Lamonda
    August 23, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Hi–can I freeze this and then serve it later—I have made it before and it was amazing…just wondering about freezing it


    • Erin replies to Beth Lamonda
      August 24, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

      I’m not actually sure about that. I’ve never tried! Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you. If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Claudia
    August 21, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Haha! In spite of my wrong almond flour, the cake tastes great! The outside appears to be a bit hard and dry, but the inside is soft and nice.
    Next time I’ll try the “original” recipe! :)

    • Erin replies to Claudia
      August 24, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

      Yay! I’m very happy to hear that it came out well, anyway. I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know that it ended well and sorry for my slow reply. :)

  • Claudia says
    August 21, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

    To all german readers! There can be a big misunderstanding if you try german almond flour. This is a very fine and extremely DRY flour with all the oil extrated! When you take this flour (like I unfortunately did), your cake will be very dry an hard….
    An alle deutschen LeserInnen: Wenn Sie Mandelmehl nehmen, statt geriebene, blanchierte Mandeln, wird der Teig extrem zäh und trocken! Es sind hier gemahlene, blanchierte Mandeln gemeint!

    • Erin replies to Claudia
      August 24, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

      Thanks for the warning to the German readers. :)

    • Marissa
      replies to Claudia
      June 12, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

      I’d really love to try this recipe and I live in Germany too. Would it be okay to use the Almond meal from Aldi’s because it is quite fine but not dry. Kaufland sells another almond meal but not as fine and DM sells almond flour but I think that you are totally right, it is very dry and I cannot make anything with it. Thanks!

      • Erin replies to Marissa
        June 13, 2018 @ 8:40 pm

        Hi! Gemahlene Mandeln is what you want. I haven’t been to Aldi for a while so I’m not sure of the current status of their almond flour. It used to be that they only have almond flour (Gemahlene Mandeln) around Christmas-time. I usually use the Gemahlene Mandeln from Kaufland or Lidl. This Mandelmehl from DM is defatted almond flour (which we don’t use in the US and therefore won’t work in any American recipes using almond flour) is definitely not what you want! I hope you’ll enjoy the cake. I’d love to hear how it comes out for you. :)

  • Chris says
    June 16, 2017 @ 12:35 am

    I’m looking forward to making this for a party tomorrow where 2 of my guests are gluten free. Can I make it a day ahead and store it at room temperature?

    • Erin replies to Chris
      June 18, 2017 @ 10:12 am

      I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment until now! This cake keeps well for a few days so making it a day ahead is definitely okay. Sorry again!

  • Laura Araujo
    June 12, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    Can i replace sugar for Xylatol

  • Wayway says
    April 10, 2017 @ 3:26 am

    i just tried the cake today. Its good but too oily. I think I can adjust the sweetness to my taste. Its sweet enough for my family that I think I can reduce the sugar to 100 g. Also the cake was too oily, I can taste that I was eating a lot of butter., I used 3 sticks butter + 1tbs per recipe (1 sick = 1/4 cup). This is a lot of more than regular cakes. May be reduce the butter or substitute with more healthy ingredient next time

    • Erin replies to Wayway
      April 11, 2017 @ 8:40 am

      Hmm. Nobody has mentioned this cake coming out too oily (and there have been quite a few reviews). Are you sure that the sticks are 1/4 cup each? I’ve never heard of anything other than 1/2 cup sticks.

      • Nina replies to Erin
        January 16, 2018 @ 11:42 pm

        3/4 cup of butter is 1 and 1/2 sticks and that is why the cake was oily. I just know this because I am measuring out the recipe right now. I plan on using paleo custard instead of white chocolate. Wish me luck!

        • Erin replies to Nina
          January 21, 2018 @ 11:04 am

          That’s true for the US but it’s not always the same amount around the world. But if she’s in the US, that would definitely explain why her cake came out oily! I hope your cake came out well. I would have never dared using custard in place of chocolate. You’re brave. ;)

  • Jayne says
    April 6, 2017 @ 11:20 pm

    Can anything be substituted for the lemon. Another fruit maybe lemon bothers my stomach

    • Erin replies to Jayne
      April 7, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

      Orange zest and orange juice. :)

  • Sonia says
    December 23, 2016 @ 6:36 am

    Has anyone made this without the white chocolate? What might I sub? 😬

    • Erin replies to Sonia
      December 23, 2016 @ 9:41 am

      The third commenter below you has a sub listed but says it’s not as good as the version with white chocolate. I just don’t think there’s a good sub for white chocolate in this recipe. Sorry about that!

      • Liz replies to Erin
        March 12, 2017 @ 3:11 am

        You could try cocoa butter. Not sweet but would give the white chocolate consistency maybe. Add a little more sweetener.

    • Denise King
      replies to Sonia
      February 15, 2017 @ 2:23 pm

      I made this cake per the recipe and it was delicious! I am thinking of trying it by subbing ricotta cheese lightly sweetened with honey. Then it may be similar to an Italian ricotta cake. If I try it I will let you know, or if you do, let us know. I will definitely be making this again!

      • Erin replies to Denise King
        February 15, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

        That sounds like a delicious and interesting sub! So you’re going to use ricotta in place of the white chocolate? I’m not very hopeful that that’ll work but I sure hope it will! Can’t wait to hear the results if you try it. Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Jelena
    December 9, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    Hi! Got some almond flour this week from a friend, who couldn’t manage to bake ANYTHING with it (she used it instead of “normal” flour and it didn’t work). Now I found your recipe and – voila – still in the oven, but the cake looks (and smells) amazing. Thanks for the great idea!

    I split the batter into 2 small cakes, so I can give one to my unsuccessful friend, haha

    Jelena (from Germany, so greetings to your husband ;) )

    • Erin replies to Jelena
      December 9, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

      Hi there! And aww. That was nice of you to take over the flour from your friend! Haha. I hope the cake came out well. :) Greetings from Berlin!

  • Kim says
    November 20, 2016 @ 8:24 pm

    This was amazing ! I made a tart lemon glaze for it, which soaked in and made it even more moist and lemony. Very good on day 2 also. Could not tell it was grain free.

    • Erin replies to Kim
      November 20, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

      Yum! That sounds delicious. Would you mind sharing your glaze recipe? I’d love to try! Thanks for your comment.

  • Rhiannon
    October 18, 2016 @ 7:45 am

    Wonderful recipe!
    I have made this several times for friends and family, and they always love it! No one can believe it’s gluten free!
    It’s best the way the recipe is, the only thing I added was sifting the almond flour and sugar, that really helps make it lighter.
    I have made it dairy free and sugar free with a tablespoon of stevia or 1/2 cup of coconut nectar and almond milk and almond milk creamer in place of the white chocolate. It’s not as delicious. It really works if you need it to though!

    • Erin replies to Rhiannon
      October 18, 2016 @ 5:42 pm

      That’s awesome that you were able to convert this into a DF / SF cake! I wouldn’t have even attempted that. ;) Thanks a bunch for sharing your adaptation! I’m thrilled that you and your family have been enjoying the cake. :)

  • Ali Southward says
    July 6, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Hurray. weights given – so much more accurate for baking!!

    • Erin replies to Ali Southward
      July 6, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

      Haha. Agreed! I hate making recipes without metric. Especially when I see a measurement like, “2 bananas.” Ugh! Hope you’ll enjoy the cake. :)

    • sheila replies to Ali Southward
      August 2, 2016 @ 2:36 am

      Made this cake already according to directions.Great reaction from everyone,but rich. Could I substitute some of the butter for applesauce or another suggestion????

      • Erin replies to sheila
        August 3, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

        I’m happy you enjoyed it! I’m not so sure about recommending applesauce (or any other sub) in this. I think this recipe is a little more finicky when it comes to subs than regular cake recipes. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

  • Kyra says
    June 28, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

    I made this cake for a family party over the weekend and it was an absolute hit! The cake is light and moist- perfect for the summer. I was thrilled with how it came out- thank you!

    • Erin replies to Kyra
      June 28, 2016 @ 9:34 pm

      Awesome! I’m so happy that it turned out well for you. Thanks a bunch for your comment! :)

  • KareninStLouis says
    April 6, 2016 @ 11:37 pm

    I’d like to test this by baking it in a 7 inch pan, as you suggested. The only one I have that size is a springform pan. Do you think that will work?

    • Erin replies to KareninStLouis
      April 6, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

      It’ll work but place a piece of parchment paper over the pan to line it to prevent the batter from leaking. So not just a piece over the bottom, but a piece that goes up the sides, too. I hope that makes sense and that you’ll enjoy the cake!

  • Suzanne
    March 20, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    I made this last Thanksgiving for my Italian family and they loved it! I’m making it again for our big Easter celebration. Buona Pasqua!

    • Erin replies to Suzanne
      March 20, 2016 @ 9:10 pm

      I’m so happy that your family loved it and even happier that you want to make it again for Easter. :) Happy Easter to you, too, and thanks for your feedback!

  • Judy Rhoades says
    March 14, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    You had me until I saw the cup of white chocolate, I have found that if you are living the grain free lifestyle, (and I am) you are also living the sugar free lifestyle. It sounds good though.

    • Erin replies to Judy Rhoades
      March 15, 2016 @ 6:04 pm

      Aww. Too bad about the cup of white chocolate! It’s an Italian recipe that just happens to be grain-free rather than a grain-free recipe developed for a grain-free audience so I guess that explains the white chocolate.

      • Becky replies to Erin
        October 18, 2016 @ 8:19 am

        I didn’t like the idea of the chocolate in it and it looked like a good recipe even without it. So, I just omitted the white chocolate and cream/milk, and it was really amazing. I loved this and so did my husband. It is hard to find grain free baking recipes that actually turn out like a real desert. This is a winner!

        • Erin replies to Becky
          October 18, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

          Wow! I’m amazed that that worked. What was the texture like? Was it really sweet enough? Did you change the baking time? Thanks a bunch for your tip!

  • Monica says
    February 23, 2016 @ 3:53 pm

    Does this cake freeze well? How about refrigerate? I want to make it for a brunch, but want to be able to make it ahead of time. Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Monica
      February 23, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

      It would be fine in the fridge for a few days but I’m not sure about freezing it. I’m thinking it may not do so well. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • Judie
    January 28, 2016 @ 5:05 am

    Delizioso and thank you for sharing this receipe

    • Erin replies to Judie
      January 29, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

      So happy you liked it! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Jurgita says
    January 20, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

    Hi there, is it possible to use coconut flour? The texture of flour seems to be the same…

    • Erin replies to Jurgita
      January 20, 2016 @ 11:46 pm

      I’m afraid it’s not possible. Coconut flour isn’t interchangeable with any other flour as it requires a lot more liquid. Sorry about that!


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