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Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe

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Make this Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe for a gluten-free delight that's as moist and irresistibly delicious as traditional cakes.
Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake is frosted with white buttercream frosting and decorated with colorful sprinkles.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE: It’s party time! Our Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe is a much-requested gluten-free version of our Best-Ever Vanilla Birthday Cake. This new recipe incorporates our Easy Almond Flour Baking Mix, which makes a cake so moist, tender, and luscious that it just might become your family celebration go-to dessert!

  • A birthday cake for all: Our Easy Almond Flour Baking Mix replaces regular wheat flour in this recipe. Our two-ingredient mix makes gluten-free baking foolproof, creating a moist cake with a fine and tender crumb.
  • It looks fancy, but it’s no-fuss: This almond flour cake recipe takes just over an hour to make and can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen.

Our Easy Almond Flour Baking Mix is a foolproof way to make baked goods as moist and flavorful (if not more!) than those made with all-purpose flour. Try this mix in our other recipes, including Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies Recipe, Healthy Almond Flour Muffins Recipe with Applesauce, Almond Flour Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Almond Flour Banana Bread!

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Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake is frosted with white buttercream frosting and decorated with colorful sprinkles. A slice is being cut.

What is a Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe?

  • Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake is type of cake that gets its color and flavor from eggs and butter. It’s moist and tender and has a rich buttery taste.
  • This recipe is a gluten-free adaptation of our Best Ever Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe. Almond Flour Baking Mix replaces regular cake flour.
  • To compensate for this cake’s lack of gluten, small pieces of cold butter mixed into the dry ingredients and egg whites in the batter give the cake structure while keeping it tender, light, and moist.
  • Cakes were part of celebrations in ancient times–Greeks and Romans enjoyed simple cakes made from honey and dried fruit. Cakes were mainly reserved for religious celebrations until the rise of the wedding cake in the Victorian era. Birthday cakes became a staple in the 20th century, and with our Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe, everyone can enjoy a slice!

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Key Ingredients

  • Easy Almond Flour Baking Mix

    • Our gluten-free mix is made from ground, blanched almonds and tapioca flour (tapioca starch).
    • This almond flour gives the cake moisture and tenderness, and the tapioca flour provides structure.
    • Almond flour, made with almonds without skins, differs from almond meal, which is coarser.
  • Egg and egg white

    • Egg yolks give the cake its characteristic yellow color and contribute to its rich flavor.
    • The fat and emulsifiers in egg yolks help create a tender and moist texture in the cake.
    • Both egg yolks and egg whites provide proteins to bind the ingredients together, giving the cake structure and preventing it from falling apart.
    • The egg whites also help the cake rise during baking.
    • I recommend using large eggs in our recipes.
  • Whole milk

    • Whole milk’s milk-fat content of around 3.5%-4% gives the cake rich flavor and moisture.
    • Additionally, the protein in whole milk contributes to the structure of this gluten-free cake.
  • Vanilla extract

  • Granulated sugar

    • Sugar sweetens the cake and adds moisture.
    • Additionally, sugar contributes to the cake’s signature browning through caramelization and also through the Maillard Reaction between the proteins and sugars.
  • Baking powder

  • Salt

    • Salt brings out the flavors in the cake.
  • Unsalted butter

    • This recipe uses small chunks of cold butter.
    • When cold butter is combined with almond flour and other dry ingredients before being mixed with wet ingredients, it creates pockets of air, which helps the cake rise and gives it a lighter texture.
  • 1 recipe Best-Ever Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Sprinkles (optional)

How to Make Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and line three cake pans with parchment paper.
  • Make the batter:
      • Make the wet mixture: In a large jug, whisk egg whites, whole egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
      • Make the dry mixture: In the bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, combine Almond Baking Mix, sugar, baking powder, and salt at low speed for one minute.
    • Add the cold butter and continue to combine until the mixture has a fine, crumbly texture.
    • Increase to medium speed and add the liquid ingredient mixture in two parts. Mix until fully combined.
  • Bake the cake:
    • Divide the cake batter evenly between the three cake pans.
    • Bake for 25-35 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Let cakes cook in their pans for 20 minutes, and then turn cakes out onto a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
  • Assemble and frost:
    • If your cakes are domed, use a serrated knife to slice the domes off.
    • Place a cake layer on a serving plate and top with one-half cup (6 oz/170 g) of buttercream. Spread evenly to edges.
    • Gently stack and fill the next cake layer.
    • Top with the third cake layer, and cover the whole cake with a thin layer of frosting (this is the “crumb coat”).
    • Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes.
    • Frost the entire cake with a thick layer of buttercream. Decorate all over with sprinkles. It’s perfect as-is or served with ice cream, whipped cream, and berries.

Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake is frosted with white buttercream frosting and decorated with colorful sprinkles.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips

  • Be very careful not to overbake this cake. Check it at 25 minutes to see how it is doing, and judge the timing from there.
  • Almond flour makes this cake delicate. Let the cake layers cool for a full 20 minutes before removing them from the pan.
  • Be sure that your cake layers are thoroughly cooled before frosting them.
  • To emphasize the almond flavor in the cake, you can replace the vanilla extract with 1½ teaspoons of almond extract.

Can I Make this Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake in Advance?

  • Bake cake layers and keep at room temperature: Individually wrap the layers in cling film and store at room temperature for up to two days.
  • Bake the cake layers ahead and refrigerate: Individually wrap the layers in cling film and keep them in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Bake cake layers ahead and keep in the freezer:
    • Individually wrap the layers in cling film, and then place the layers in a freezer bag for additional protection. Freeze for up to two months.
    • To defrost the layers if frozen, leave them wrapped on the counter for one to two hours.

How to Store Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Leftovers

  • Store the cake covered at room temperature for up to one day.
  • You can also store it well-covered for up to three days in the fridge.

Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake is frosted with white buttercream frosting and decorated with colorful sprinkles. A slice is served on a dessert plate.

FAQs

  • How do I ensure my cake has a great texture?

    • Do not over-mix the batter, as this can cause the cake to be flatter and dense.
    • Rotate the pans while baking to avoid over-browning.
    • Over-baking the cake will dry it out. Start checking the cake for doneness after 25 minutes.
  • Can I make this cake without egg?

    • Yes! Whipped aquafaba, the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas, is a vegan egg white substitute. And don’t worry–aquafaba won’t add a bean taste to your cake!
    • Two tablespoons of aquafaba are equivalent to one egg white.
    • Please see my post, The Complete Guide to Aquafaba, for more details on using this egg-white substitute.

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Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe

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Make this Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe for a gluten-free delight that's as moist and irresistibly delicious as traditional cakes.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Make this Vanilla Almond Flour Yellow Cake Recipe for a gluten-free delight that's as moist and irresistibly delicious as traditional cakes.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bake the cake layers: Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and line three 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large jug whisk together the egg whites, whole egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a medium bowl and a handheld electric mixer), combine the Almond Flour Baking Mix, sugar, baking powder and salt together at low speed for 1 minute.
  • Add the cold butter and continue to mix on low until the mixture is a fine crumbly texture.
  • Turn the mixer up to medium speed and add the liquid mixture in 2 increments, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom before and after each batch, until fully blended.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached, about 25-35 minutes.
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans for 20 minutes before removing them from the tins and transferring to wire racks to cool completely
  • Assemble the Cake: If the cake layers are domed, use a serrated knife to cut flat, even tops.
  • Place the bottom cake layer on a serving plate or cake turntable.
  • Spread about ½ cup of buttercream frosting on top with a small offset spatula. Gently place the 2nd cake layer face down on top. Place another ½ cup of frosting on top of this layer and spread out.
  • Gently add the 3rd cake layer. Add on a generous scoop of frosting and spread evenly over the top and sides until you have a very thin layer of frosting over the entire cake. This is called the “crumb coat”. Chill until the frosting is set, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and apply a thick, final layer of frosting over the crumb coat. Decorate all over with sprinkles. Just keep on applying them until they stick all over.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 1 day. For longer storage, refrigerate, well covered, for up to 3 days. Before serving let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes and then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Be very careful not to overbake this cake. Check it at 25 minutes to see how it is doing, and judge the timing from there.
  • Almond flour makes this cake delicate. Let the cake layers cool for a full 20 minutes before removing them from the pan.
  • Be sure that your cake layers are thoroughly cooled before frosting them.
  • To emphasize the almond flavor in the cake, you can replace the vanilla extract with 1½ teaspoons of almond extract.
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Margaret
Margaret
13 days ago

Can you use oat milk instead of whole milk?

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