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No flour? No problem. 10 of our favourite flourless cakes

by Malou Herkes

published on 18 May 2020

Seeking creative ways to bake without flour? We’ve hand-picked ten of our favourite flourless cakes to inspire you whether you’re after a simple afternoon bake or a celebration cake for the weekend.

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Chocolate Sunken Soufflé Cake from The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

This soufflé cake, made rich with dark chocolate is super-gooey and melts in your mouth. It’s a decadent weekend bake that needs only five ingredients to put together.

From the book

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Blood Orange and Olive Oil Cake from The New Vegetarian by Alice Hart

Swap flour for almonds in this very simple, mousse-like cake that pairs zingy citrus with grassy olive oil. Blood orange season arrives earlier in the year so if you can’t find any, swap in regular oranges instead. A good ‘working from home’ afternoon bake.

Order a copy of The New Vegetarian here.

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Gluten-Free Black Forest Cake from Primrose Bakery Everyday by Martha Swift

If it’s a celebration cake you’re after, try this one. This show-stopping twist on the classic Black Forest Cake from Primrose Bakery is an absolute winner – light, moist and embracing the classic chocolate and cherry combination.

Order a copy of the Primrose Bakery Everyday here.

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Pistachio Cake with Fresh Honeycomb from Meringue Girls: Everything Sweet by The Meringue Girls

With an intense roasted pistachio flavour, this dense polenta cake is oozing with flavour. Serve up with a homemade pistachio nut butter icing and fresh honeycomb for a wow-factor centrepiece or keep it ‘naked’ as the Meringue Girls suggest with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

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Ricotta Lemon Polenta Teacakes from The Kitchen Orchard by Natalia Conroy

“This is a lovely, light and fresh cake, which is based on a fantastic recipe that I learned at The River Café”, says Natalia Conroy in her seasonal cookbook The Kitchen Orchard. Polenta and ground almonds replace flour in this Italian-inspired zesty bake, perfect with a spoonful of crème fraîche.

Order a copy of The Kitchen Orchard here.

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Almond, Honey and Fig Cake from The A-Z of Eating: A Flavour Map for the Adventurous Cook by Felicity Cloake

A summery bake of ground almonds, eggs, honey and olive oil, this sweet and squidgy cake will transport you to sunnier, Mediterranean climes.

Order a copy of The A-Z of Eating here.

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Coconut Macaroons from The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

These puffed, golden little bites are easy-to-transport and great picnic food. Just six ingredients and easy to make.

Order a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook here.

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Chocolate Espresso & Chickpea Fudge Cake from The Chickpea Cookbook by Heather Thomas

Similar in texture to a brownie, this clever fudge cake replaces flour with a can of chickpeas beaten into the mix. Squidgy, soft, rich with the ideal chocolate and coffee pairing.

Order a copy of The Chickpea Cookbook here.

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Flourless Chocolate and Almond Bundts from Chocolate: Indulge your inner chocoholic by Dom Ramsay

“Many flourless cakes are dense and rich, but this recipe has light, fudge-like results” says GBBO winner Edd Kimber whose recipe you’ll find in this brilliant chocolate-focussed cookbook. Very chocolatey and very adorable mini bundt bakes.

Order a copy of Chocolate here.

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Almond Polenta Cake with Raspberries from Grains as Mains by Laura Agar Wilson

Polenta and almonds replace flour in this bake with a crumbly texture and juicy pops of tart raspberries.

Order a copy of Grains as Mains here.


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