Lemon & Almond Quinoa Cake
Lemon & Almond Quinoa Cake

Lemon & Almond Quinoa Cake

Gluten-free and dairy-free, this quinoa cake tastes utterly gorgeous. Put on your pinny and get baking!

YIELDS

8

PREPARATION

25 MIN

COOKING

55 MIN

INGREDIENTS

  • 40g Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • A few thin slices of lemon, quartered
  • 20g flaked almonds
  • 150g white quinoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g dairy-free spread
  • 200g Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder (most baking powder is gluten-free)

FOR THE TOPPING

  • Finely shredded zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • A few thin slices of lemon, quartered
  • 40g Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

1 Rinse the quinoa in a sieve. Put it into a saucepan with a pinch of salt and double the volume of water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool, then drain really well.

2 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.

3 Beat the dairy-free spread and Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar together until light and creamy, then gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in the vanilla, quinoa, ground almonds and baking powder. Stir in the lemon zest and juice.

4 Transfer the mixture to the cake tin and level the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until set and golden. Cool for 20 minutes in the tin, then turn out carefully and cool completely. Remove the lining paper.

5 To make the topping, put the lemon zest and juice into a small saucepan with the lemon slices and Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar. Add 3 tbsp water and heat gently until dissolved, then simmer for 2 minutes. Spoon over the cake and cool for a few minutes. Serve, sprinkled with the almonds and a little icing sugar. 

CHEF'S TIP

When grating zest from lemons, only remove the coloured part – the white pith has a bitter taste.