Cake….always a party pleaser. I enjoy it on special occasions but confess it is not one of the things I am good at baking, never was even when I could use regular flours. And don’t get me started on the birthday cake curse I am crouching underneath. But sometimes you just need that fancy dessert that serves a crowd and makes everyone happy. This cake is fairly easy to make, is gluten free and has great lemon flavor. The honey is more of an undertone. Each bite has a satisfying texture due to the almond flour, not heavy but not light with a lovely moisture built in from the honey and olive oil. The tiny bit of potato starch helps make that great texture. No butter either; extra virgin olive oil does the trick. Make sure your eggs and whites are all at room temperature for maximum loft when whipped.
The candied lemon slices take a bit of effort but look great on top. I know I was happy with the results when I bit into my slice of yummy cake!
This recipe comes from Food Network’s test kitchens and I made only minor changes, used slightly less water making the syrup as it seemed too thin even after simmering 20 minutes and no pomegranate seeds for on top; it is spring and pomegranates are a fall fruit. I looked; none to be found. I used a half pint of fresh raspberries and they were perfect – added great color and flavor.
If you can get Meyer lemons they are recommended because of their awesome flavor but I used the usual ones from the grocery store and they worked out fine. I thought the candied slices were tasty although a couple of guests who didn’t much like lemon skipped their candied lemon while still enjoying the cake itself. It is a very impressive looking cake with a tender moist texture. Extra syrup on top is a tempting option!
I put all my pictures together in a chunk; they can be annoying sprinkled through out the recipe when you are trying to make it. I often use my tablet to make my own recipes straight off my blog posts so I know what I am talking about here!
Flourless Lemon Honey Cake with Candied Lemon
¼ cup EVOL plus more to grease pan
1 ¾ cup almond flour plus more to dust the pan
1/3 cup potato starch
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups sugar
2/3 cup honey
3 lemons; two zested and juiced and the third sliced very thinly
4 eggs separated
2 egg whites
½ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. almond extract
Chopped or slivered almonds; ¼-1/3 cup
½ pint fresh raspberries
Brush the sides and bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan which you lined the bottom with a round of parchment paper; brush with EVOL and dust with almond flour. Put rack in middle level in oven. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix flour, starch and salt in medium bowl. Combine ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup honey, lemon zest, 4 egg yolks, vanilla and almond extract in mixer bowl. Mix on medium high until creamy; about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, beat in the flour mixture just until blended.
In a separate clean bowl beat the 6 egg whites until foamy, about a minute. Gradually beat in ½ cup sugar until stiff glossy peaks form, 3 minutes maybe 4. Gently fold about 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into the cake batter, and then fold in the rest of the whites until just barely incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and springs back when pressed lightly; 50-55 minutes. Place pan on a cake rack to cool completely.
While it is baking you should make the candied lemon slices. Put the slices in a small saucepan, cover with water, bring to a simmer over high heat; maybe 3 minutes. Drain, return to pan and cover with fresh water, repeat the heating. Do this three times total. It gets the bitterness out of the unpeeled slices. Put the slices back in the pan; add the remaining ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup honey, the lemon juice of the two lemons and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer over high heat, reduce heat to medium, cook, stir occasionally. Cook until lemon slices are tender and the honey liquid is thickened; becomes like a syrup; about 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Unmold the cake: run a knife around the edge of the pan, remove pan. Flip cake to take off parchment paper. Place on a serving plate. Use a fork to remove the lemon slices from the syrup and brush the cake all over with some of the lemon syrup. Then decorate the cake with them. Sprinkle with the raspberries and pass the leftover lemon honey syrup along with the cake.