I like to drum up excuses to make this almond cake for Sunday night dessert so I can slice away at it for the rest of the week. Morning coffee and a slice of almond cake to go? Yes! Lunchbox treat? Yes! Afternoon hangries? You get the picture… I like it best with two cups of ripe blackberries folded into the batter, but my kiddos prefer their berries on the side. Sure, it has a “healthy” serving of butter and brown sugar, and gluten-free does not mean free of fat and calories. But trust me, it’s worth it, and the texture of the almond meal and tang of the buttermilk and blackberries is perfection. Top it with a spoon full of Greek yogurt and call it a breakfast of champions.
Gluten-free almond blackberry cake
This almond cake will last for a week, covered, for a quick breakfast on the go. Serve with a dollop of maple-sweetened mascarpone or Greek yogurt.
- 2 ¼ cups gluten-free flour (I like to use Cup4Cup brand)
- ¾ cup almond meal, or freshly ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup almond paste
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 cups blackberries
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt pan.
- Whisk flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Working with a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time beating just to incorporate. Add the vanilla, almond paste and almond extract and beat to combine. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stop mixing as soon as the flour is incorporated. Gently fold in blackberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and lightly smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 60 to 65 minutes until a cake tester inserted in thickest part of cake comes out clean. If the top starts to turn dark brown during baking, cover the cake with foil and return to the oven to finish baking.
- Transfer to a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then unmold. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.