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Top 10 gluten-free cake recipes

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Gluten-free baking? It's far easier than you might think. We've got 10 brilliant ideas to try, including a top-rated gluten-free lemon drizzle cake and a pretty flourless chocolate and pear cake.

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From ground pistachios to whole puréed oranges, polenta and even mashed potato (yes, really!), there are so many clever baking ingredients that you can use in place of flour. Explore some of our favourite gluten-free baking recipes here, from lemon polenta cake to a flourless chocolate number slathered with velvety frosting, and an aromatic orange cake drenched in rosemary and cardamom syrup.

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1. Orange olive oil cake

Sophisticated, aromatic and utterly delicious, our orange olive oil cake gets nothing but 5/5 reviews. It’s fun to make, too – you boil a whole orange before puréeing it with a little lemon to make a smooth paste, which forms the base of your cake. Don’t forget to top with a fragrant rosemary and cardamom drizzle.

2. Strawberry and pistachio olive oil cake

Another bake that makes the most of olive oil, this strawberry and pistachio cake is made irresistibly moist by using polenta instead of flour. Fresh strawberries and ground pistachios add to the list of exciting ingredients, and it’s best served with a dollop of crème fraîche.

3. Easy vegan chocolate cake

You’d never guess that this tower of chocolatey goodness – two airy sponges sandwiched together with a rich, dark chocolate frosting – is free from dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts. Avocado is the secret ingredient in the silky-smooth chocolate frosting that tops this easy vegan chocolate cake.

4. Apple and almond cake

Not only is this apple and almond cake free from flour (instead, ground almonds and apple sauce bind the batter together), there’s also no refined sugar or butter needed, either. Use maple or agave syrup for subtle sweetness, plus cinnamon for gentle warmth. Top with a quick maple syrup and apple glaze.

5. Lemon and polenta cake

Polenta is such a great ingredient to have in the cupboard, if you follow a gluten-free diet. This lemon and polenta cake recipe, written by Barney Desmazery, gets impeccable reviews for its moistness, sharp citrus tang and lip-smacking sugary lemon glaze.

6. Gluten-free carrot cake

An absolute classic, our carrot cake recipe takes all the gluten out and leaves all the flavour in. It’s easy to find gluten-free flour on the supermarket shelves – put it to great use in this teatime bake, which comes flavoured with cinnamon, sultanas and mixed nuts. Don’t forget the luscious cinnamon frosting on top.

7. Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake

Another of Britain’s favourite cakes, this time made gluten free with the most surprising ingredient yet – mashed potato! You can’t taste it, but the potato binds the batter together in place of flour, and also helps guarantee a moist sponge alongside ground almonds. More than 150 shining reviews suggest that this gluten-free lemon drizzle cake is a must-try.

8. Flourless chocolate cake

Plenty of dark chocolate and half a dozen eggs (whisk the yolks until very pale and fluffy) are essential to this flourless chocolate cake’s fudgy texture. Add coffee powder, for depth and intensity of flavour. It’s best served with fresh red berries, or a sprinkle of icing sugar.

9. Amaretto meringue cake with strawberries & cherries

A pavlova cake made from three tiers of meringue

This elegant amaretto meringue cake with strawberries & cherries is the perfect summer dessert. It’s a pavlova cake that’s inspired by the fruity filling of the Austrian dessert, spanische windtorte, with strawberries, cream, cherries and almonds… seconds, anyone?

10. Flourless chocolate and pear cake

Barney Desmazery’s flourless chocolate and pear cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. It’s made magically free from gluten by using toasted, ground hazelnuts (so aromatic and buttery) in place of flour, and there’s a little brandy in there for an extra kick, too.


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