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Almond Espresso Chocolate Cake Recipe

Almond Espresso Chocolate Cake Recipe

This deliciously decadent dessert can be served alone or topped with vanilla ice cream. A little goes a long way—and no one guesses this cake is gluten-free. —Peggy Gwillim, Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2-1/2 cups blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/4 cup cold brewed espresso
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, chocolate curls and coffee beans, optional


  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine almonds and 2 tablespoons sugar; cover and process until ground. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the chocolate, espresso, cocoa, orange juice, espresso granules, vanilla and reserved almond mixture.
  • 3. Beat reserved egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into the batter.
  • 4. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 42-48 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • 5. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool completely. Garnish with confectioners' sugar, chocolate curls and coffee beans if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you’re concerned that your brand may contain gluten, contact the company. This recipe does not use flour.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 408 calories, 28g fat (8g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"My daughter is allergic to gluten, this is a nice recipe to enjoy as a family"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I love chocolate, coffee, and nuts.yes I would make it again, and invite a good friend over to share it, with me."

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Gluten free or not! This was delicious. Will definitely make again and again."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"what a treat for my gluten free friend! This was so delicious, it's going in my favorites!"

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