Lemon and Almond Cake

Hello Dear Reader,


This is a cake I have had in my repertoire for about three years and have made it a number of times. I re-discovered it, over the weekend, when I was searching for another recipe. I love it because of its delightful, zingy lemon flavour and gorgeous light texture. It is unusual for any cake, made with almond meal in it, to be light, but with the addition of whisked egg whites gently folded through at the end, it makes the cake much lighter and airier.

I leave it unadorned, no icing, but it is lovely served with whipped cream or ice-cream as a dessert or just leave it plain, either way it is a winner and a doodle to make in the Thermomix. Of course you can make it without a TM, I will give you the alternative method down below.



Ingredients for Lemon and Almond cake. clockwise from top right-
1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1 cup raw sugar, 1 lemon, 6 eggs, 200 grams of almonds

Preheat oven to 160 C. Juice and zest the rind of the lemon

Put the almonds in the bowl of the Thermomix

Blitz for 6 seconds on speed 9 and set aside

Now add the sugar and the lemon zest to the TM bowl

And blitz for 10 seconds on speed 9

Separate the eggs

And add the egg yolks to the sugar mixture

Blitz for 20 seconds on speed 4

Add the lemon juice, almond meal and vanilla essence

And blitz for 10 seconds on speed 5

Pour and scrape this mixture into a large bowl

Now for the egg whites. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites till soft peaks form, don't overdo them

Gently fold in about a third of the whisked egg whites to the cake mixture

Once incorporated, mix another third of the egg whites in

And lastly, add the remaining egg whites and gently but thoroughly incorporate

Pour cake mixture into a greased and lined 20 cm round cake tin

And bake in a 160 C preheated oven for about 45 minutes

Let cake cool a little in tin, before turning out on to a cake rack to cool completely



This delicious cake has a gorgeous light texture with a lovely zesty flavour from the lemons

To make the cake without a Thermomix, just start with almond meal and castor sugar. Lightly whisk the egg yolks, lemon rind and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is pale and creamy. Then add the juice, almonds and vanilla essence and combine, then just gently fold in the whisked egg whites. 

Over to you, what is your favourite cake recipe made with almond meal?

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