New Year 2020! I made a Gluten-free Lemon cake which was a hit.
This cake is simple and can be made as low on carbs as you’d like by changing sugar with a Stevia baking mixture, (stevia and sugar, or stevia and erythritol for even fewer carbs).
The delicate lemon flavor would be good for Easter.
Omit the baking powder and feel free to make this for Passover.
Lemon Gluten-free Cake
1 ½ cups almond flour (Instructions below on making your own)
4 eggs, separated (whites in one large bowl, yolks in another)
½ cup sugar or stevia baking mix, divided into two ¼ cup portions
1 tsp cream of tartar, (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
1 Tbsp. grated lemon rind
1 ½ – 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Powdered sugar or substitute sweet baking mix for serving.
Additional garnish of choice, such as almond slices or fruit. (I used fresh raspberries; blackberries would also be a good match. If using fresh fruit slices, such as banana, apple or pear, first dip in lemon juice or citrus soda so that they don’t turn brown; pat dry.)
With an electric beater, beat egg whites until very foamy. Add cream of tartar to add volume and give the egg whites more ‘body’, but it is not essential. Slowly beat in ¼ cup of sugar or stevia baking mix and beat until the egg whites are firm and glossy; to not let them become dry.
In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with spoon, whisk, or beat gently with hand mixer; (do the egg whites first; the beaters and bowl must be free of any oils or fats to whip well, but don’t leave them standing for too long).
Add the baking powder, (if using), the lemon rind and juice, and mix well. Add the other ¼ cup of sugar or stevia mix slowly and beat well. Add the almond flour and mix well.
Fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture with a rubber/silicone spatula or a wooden spoon, in a downward, round motion until they are mixed. Mix thoroughly, but try not to deflate the egg whites completely.
This cake is too delicate to be inverted onto a cake rack, so plan on spooning the mixture into a spring-form pan, or into what I used, a tart pan. Either one you use, cover the bottom and insides with baking spray, butter and flour, or painted with cake-release.
Bake at 323F for 35-40 minutes, or until it is slightly browned on the edges and a cake tester comes out clean when put into the middle. Do not open the oven for the first 25 minutes. Whether using baking powder or not, the cake will rise then fall, and this is fine.
Cool, then garnish just before serving.
You can grind fresh, untoasted and even unblanched almonds into flour using a small food processor, a small electric grinder or even a well-cleaned coffee grinder.
As shown on my version of the cake, you can also make ‘powdered sugar’ this way out of sugar baking substitutes; what you see is a stevia-erythritol mix sprinkled over the cake.
You can adjust the strength of the lemon flavor by adding more zest, but I found the subtleness of the amount of lemon that I used refreshing, which would make it lovely for a tea, brunch or after a large meal.