Italian Lemon Almond Cake Recipe (Torta Caprese Bianca – grain-free, gluten-free)

Yield: One 10″ cake


320 grams (this is about 3 cups + 3 tablespoons) almond flour (not almond meal) or blanched almonds, ground into almond flour
200 grams (1 cup + 3 tablespoons) white chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk (I used 1.5% milk)
180 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
130 grams (about 2/3 cup) granulated sugar or coconut sugar*
zest of 4 lemons, about 2 tablespoons
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon lemon extract
40 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of limoncello or lemon juice
powdered sugar as garnish, optional


*If using coconut sugar, blend in a coffee grinder first so that it’s basically like powdered coconut sugar. I’d be worried about how well non-grinded coconut sugar would do with the egg whites. I’m guessing not well. And please note the above comment about how using coconut sugar turns the cake the brown! It’s just not possible to make a bright yellow cake with this dark sugar. Also, this recipe originally used 200 grams of sugar. I used 200 grams in the first cake and only 130 in the second and didn’t notice much of a difference, but I’m used to not using so much sugar. Feel free to use up to 200 grams.


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