Almond Cake Recipe – Chocolate Almond Torte

Have some extra almond at hand or just looking for something healthier? Try this almond cake with its creamy chocolate layer! It’s a treat!

The best thing about almond cake is that it’s naturally lacks gluten, thus no workaround needed to get something similar to taste and look like almond cake. Given that we want to bake something gluten free and not cyanide free.

Yeah, almonds contain cyanide and thus are toxic to humans. 50 pieces of bitter almonds could kill us on the spot. Worry not though, as the commercially available sweet almonds are harmless, unless someone has almond allergy or it’s contaminated with aflatoxin which is a byproduct of some kind of mold.

Luckily, the good people of Europe completely while the US citizens somewhat excluded from the above-mentioned risk, due to food safety rules and regulations. In the US, people are free to buy small batches directly from the grower who are not required to treat the almonds before selling it. Which of course is a happy news for all organic minded consumer but it’s good to know that there are risks with healthy lifestyles choices.

It’s a fascinating fact that almond is not a nut but fruit like peach. Its fleshy fruit part is not generally consumed thus not delivered to the end consumer.

Almond has a long history with the human race. Its origin dates back around 5000 years. Something being this old couldn’t go unnoticed by the publications of old. There are countless paintings, carvings, and stories exist about it. It’s so popular that even the bible features it several times in its stories.

Originally, it’s from around the Mediterranean Sea so no wonder the most traditional almond recipes  come from there. Spanish speaking countries cannot celebrate Christmas without a bar of honey-soaked ground almond Turrón.

Almond flour can be made out of whole almonds with a simple grinder at home but requires some caution. The whole almonds can stick under the blades of the conventional grinder sometimes rendering our favorite decades old machine useless. It’s therefore recommended to chop or crush the whole almonds up into smaller pieces in a food processor before grinding them down to flour.

Burr grinders may not be susceptible to this kind of failures as almonds are fairly big and tough while nowadays burr grinder made of plastic it’s better not take chances if we are emotionally attached to our equipment or it is out of its warranty period.

As almonds contain no gluten and given that it’s way more expensive than widely available white flour its popularity in home baking somewhat waned in the past. Thanks to the recent growing trend of alternative diets, it isn’t the privilege of the confectionary’s oven anymore.

Baking an almond cake with almond flour is not a hard process, given that we don’t push its limits too hard, of course. As mentioned before, almonds contain no gluten which supposed to hold together the cakes in conventional baking.

Using eggs or egg substitutes like flax seed we can make a gluten free almond torte as easily as we can make the all-purpose flour one. When the base is done, possibilities can be limited only by our imagination.

In this easy almond cake recipe, the chocolate layer and the frosting are made of mascarpone which is a marvelously tasty thing if we aren’t restricted by a dairy free diet. But even if we are there are various other options -like this cake cream- to create some buzz around our cake too.

Ingredients

Base

  • 1½ cup / 180g Almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 6 medium Eggs
  • ½ cup / 100ml Coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon Agave or sweetener of choice

Cream

  • 8oz / 250g Mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Agave

Kitchen equipment

  • Ø8.5″ / Ø21cm Baking tray

How to make Almond cake

Base

  1. Separate eggs.Separate-egg-white-from-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Beat egg whites on high speed until hard peaks form.Beat-egg-whites-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. On low speed add yolks to the whites one by one whilst keep beating. Also add the Agave or sweetener of choice.Mix-beaten-egg-white-with-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  4. Mix almond flour and baking powder into the batter along with the coconut milk until the batter is smooth and the ingredients are incorporated nicely.
  5. Pour batter into the cake form and put it into the 356°F / 180°C preheated oven for about 40 minutes to bake.Gluten-free-almond-cake-process-8-SunCakeMom

Cream

  1. Whip cream with the vanilla extract.Beat-cream-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Beat mascarpone, unsweetened cocoa powder and Agave syrup or sweetener of choice together until it becomes creamy and soft then fold in whipped cream.Almond-cake-recipe-process-5-SunCakeMom
  3. Trim the cake if necessary to get a fairly even surface to spread the chocolate on.Almond-cake-recipe-process-3-SunCakeMom
  4. Cut it in half horizontally. We can use a piece of yarn for this or various other solutions in our KitchenBazaarAlmond-cake-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
  5. Let the cake cool down on a rack then spread half on the cream on the bottom slice.Almond-cake-recipe-process-6-SunCakeMom
  6. Spread the other half of chocolate cream on top and the sides evenly.Almond-cake-recipe-process-8-SunCakeMom
  7. Sprinkle shredded almonds on top. Leave it in the fridge at least for an hour before slicing it up.Almond-cake-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

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Almond flour has its limits but it takes a lot to reach them. Care not though about what’s impossible yet, just enjoy the ride:

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Almond Cake Recipe - Chocolate Almond Torte

Have some extra almond at hand or just looking for something healthier? Try this almond cake with its creamy chocolate layer! It's a treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • Ø8.5" / Ø21cm Baking tray

Ingredients

Base
  • cup / 180g Almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 6 medium Eggs
  • ½ cup / 100ml Coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon Agave or sweetener of choice
Cream
  • 8 oz / 250g Mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Agave

Instructions

Base

  • Separate eggs.
    Separate-egg-white-from-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Beat egg whites on high speed until hard peaks form.
    Beat-egg-whites-gp-SunCakeMom
  • On low speed add yolks to the whites one by one whilst keep beating. Also add the Agave or sweetener of choice.
    Mix-beaten-egg-white-with-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Mix almond flour and baking powder into the batter along with the coconut milk until the batter is smooth and the ingredients are incorporated nicely.
  • Pour batter into the cake form and put it into the 356°F / 180°C preheated oven for about 40 minutes to bake.
    Gluten-free-almond-cake-process-8-SunCakeMom

Cream

  • Whip cream with the vanilla extract.
    Beat-cream-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Beat mascarpone, unsweetened cocoa powder and Agave syrup or sweetener of choice together until it becomes creamy and soft then fold in whipped cream.
    Almond-cake-recipe-process-5-SunCakeMom
  • Trim the cake if necessary to get a fairly even surface to spread the chocolate on.
    Almond-cake-recipe-process-3-SunCakeMom
  • Cut it in half horizontally. We can use a piece of yarn for this or various other solutions in our KitchenBazaar
    Almond-cake-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
  • Let the cake cool down on a rack then spread half on the cream on the bottom slice.
    Almond-cake-recipe-process-6-SunCakeMom
  • Spread the other half of chocolate cream on top and the sides evenly.
    Almond-cake-recipe-process-8-SunCakeMom
  • Sprinkle shredded almonds on top. Leave it in the fridge at least for an hour before slicing it up.
    Almond-cake-recipe-process

Notes

Enjoy!

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