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Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake

Almonds and pureed quinoa replace the flour in this decadent cake. We promise you won’t miss the flour one bit.
By Kimberly Killebrew
Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cake
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Almonds and pureed quinoa replace the flour in this decadent cake. We promise you won't miss the flour one bit.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, loosely packed
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ? cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ cups granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • For Chocolate Almond Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • Slivered almonds for decoration
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×2 inch round cake pan.
  2. Place the cooked quinoa in a blender along with the milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, almond extract, butter and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir the quinoa mixture into the sugar mixture until combined. Stir in the ground almonds.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean but moist.
  7. Let the cake sit in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully inverting it onto a plate and then carefully inverting it again (top side up) onto a cake platter to cool completely.
  8. To make the Chocolate Almond Glaze: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the completely cooled cake, spread evenly over top and sides of cake. Immediately sprinkle with the slivered almonds. Allow the glaze to dry before serving.
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  • Woo-hooo! I am so happy to hear that, Yulia! My reaction after I tried this baking experiment was the same as your boys’. And then I thought, “Wait, I’m sure I MUST have had even better chocolate cake before…” but I couldn’t think of any! It’s a family favorite now. Thanks so much for making this and for your feedback!

  • Hi Nora, I’ll email the editors again about making that correction, thanks. It’s 1/3 cup milk. I’ve never tried it with agave or any liquid form of sweetener so I’m not sure how it would turn out. But because of the already tender, moist and delicate texture of the cake I would not recommend liquid sweetener. You could try it with an alternative powdered sweetener. Happy baking!

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