Vegan Almond Cake with Lemon Pignoli Topping


This recipe for vegan almond cake is a “dessert” entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free 3-Course Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Jessie Grearson. For moisture, Jessie uses Almond Plus Protein AlmondMilk from So Delicious.

Vegan Almond Cake with Lemon Pignoli Topping

So Delicious Dairy Free 3 Course Recipe Contest BadgeThis rich vegan almond cake contains a quadruple dose of almonds plus a pine nut topper!

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Special Diet Notes & Options: Vegan Almond Cake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan and vegetarian.

Almond Cake with Lemon Pignoli Topping
For Cake:
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup sifted cake flour (all purpose may be substituted)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup So delicious Dairy Free Original Almond Plus AlmondMilk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup silken tofu
  • ⅓ cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup marzipan/almond paste
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar + 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF and prepare an 8-inch baking pan: place a parchment circle on bottom of pan, and spray it and sides well with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (almond meal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda). In a blender, blend together sugar, almond milk, zest, tofu, olive oil, marzipan and almond extract until smooth and light yellow in color. Make a well in dry ingredients and stir in blended ingredients; stir just until batter is smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle top with sugar-zest. Finally, Sprinkle pine nuts over top of cake.
  4. Bake, rotating pan once mid way through, for about 40 – 45 minutes, depending on your oven. Center needs to cook through completely. Let cool in pan, then invert carefully, remove parchment and cool completely on a rack. Enjoy!
Cook’s note: be careful flipping this delicious cake. It has a delightful texture—moist on inside but crisp on the outside--but will break if treated roughly!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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