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Swedish Almond Cake

This gluten-free cake is not the easiest to make, but it is the perfect cake for dark autumn nights, or those chilly days right before the heat of the summer sets in. 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 inch cake


The batter

  • 6 egg whites
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g almond flour
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free flour (I used a blend of rice flour and tapioca flour, with a touch of xanthan gum)

The icing

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 75 g sugar (used powdered if possible)
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 2.5 tsp cornstarch (substitute with potato starch if needed)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g softened butter


Make the custard

  1. Whisk together the cream and sugar in a pan. Cook over medium-low heat until it begins to simmer

  2. Whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and vanilla extract in a large metal bowl

  3. Pour a third of the whipped cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly.  Once combined, add the rest of the cream mixture in thirds. Transfer back the custard back into the pot and cook over medium-low heat until the mixture has thickened. This may take up to five minutes.  Be careful to not let the eggs curdle or begin to form chunks. To make that happen, you may need to cook the egg mixture on the lowest heat.

  4. Transfer the custard back to a mixing bowl, cover with a plastic wrap or parchment paper and place into the fridge to cool. 

Make the cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350℉ 

  2. Grease and flour a  8" round springform pan.

  3. Using a stand mixer, a hand mixer, or a whisk if you're feeling ambitious, beat the egg whites until stiff. Add half of the sugar over the egg whites and beat to combine.

  4. Whisk in one half of the almond flour. Do not worry if the egg whites deflate a bit. 

  5. With a spatula, fold in the remaining sugar, almond flour, and gluten-free flour. Pour the batter into the springform pans and for 25 minutes. The cake will be ready when the top has turned a golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

  6. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Frost the cake

  1. Take the cooled custard out of the fridge and beat together the softened butter with the custard and a pinch of salt until light and fluffy. If it seems too soft, chill in the fridge for 20 minutes then try beating it again.

  2. Assemble the cake. Enjoy the leftover custard slathered on the cake slices.