Almond Flour Yellow Cake – Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

If you follow along on Facebook you will know that I decided to make little Noah’s birthday cake gluten free.

The reason?

For the record we are not celiac or have problems with gluten, that we KNOW of.

I have recently been learning A LOT about gluten and it’s connection to behavior as well as certain diseases and over all health.  It’s caused me to want to do a test.  I went gluten free for a short time and wanted to see how we all felt.

My mother is already gluten free 90% of the time, so it’s easier to switch as I’ve been exposed to this lifestyle already.

ALSO.. My grandmother purchased an interesting book that has gluten free recipes, and this cake just happened to be in that book. The book was the wheat belly cook book, if I remember correctly.

This cake was actually really good!  Do not expect fluff and a “bounce” with this cake. It’s more dense, but don’t confuse that with lack of taste. It packs a delicious taste!  The kids loved it, which is a major bonus!

I ended up making my own frosting, as I didn’t like the one in the book. The frosting I made was such a hit with Jeremiah, I had to practically pry the boy from licking every inch of the bowl the frosting was in. I did not want him pigging out on frosting, even though it was coconut palm sugar, which is low glycemic.

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

I’ve never seen a powdered version of coconut palm sugar, so I powdered the coconut palm sugar by simply grinding it to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. Seemed to work out nicely.  Then I used a basic frosting recipe, just replaced the refined white sugar with coconut sugar.

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

If you are gluten free, you need to totally try this cake!  Even if you are not, it’s worth a try.  It’s always nice to have a healthy cake, that doesn’t taste all that healthy, don’t you think? ;)

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

Almond Flour Yellow Cake – Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup ground golden flaxseeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered coconut palm sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 to 10 Tablespoons heavy cream (use to desired consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8" baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, grease parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Add butter, coconut palm sugar, vanilla and kefir. Mix until combined.
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Then fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture until well combined. Pour into pan.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden and a wooden pick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack. Frost when cake is cooled completely.
  8. Frosting:
  9. Sift sugar and cocoa together into large bowl.
  10. Combine 1 cup of the sugar mixture in seperate bowl with butter and 1 Tablspoon cream.
  11. Beat until smooth. Repeat until all the sugar mixture is combined and frosting is fluffy.
  12. Beat in vanilla.
  13. Frost cake.

We decorated the cake with some lego men and a large ball(well large for the lego men anyways). I had forgotten to get sports cake decor, so we improvised. Noah enjoyed it, and that is really all that mattered.

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!

 It’s SO hard to believe my little Noah is already 3!!

Almond Flour Yellow Cake - Gluten Free & Low Glycemic too!


  1. Mom says

    That was a VERY yummy cake!! I wanted to eat more and more. I don’t usually care for cake. Except your wedding cake. OH how I would love a piece of that. ;) Definitely not good for you at all! Loved the decorations too. :)

    • Sarah says

      Oh yes the wedding cake, full of horrible ingredients, but OH SO wonderful tasting… mmmmmmm I wish we could have another piece. :) That was the best cake on the planet!

    • Sarah says

      It is nice to have other kinds. I do want to try a coconut one too. There are more grain free options out there, just have to find them. :) It was an amazing cake considering it was grain free. :)

  2. Sara C says

    Happy Birthday to your little man!! What a cutie. :)
    I do have an intolerance to gluten and to everyone out there–it is NOT the end of the world to give up breads and pastas. There are also some AMAZING flour free cakes and treats that I have made for me and the kiddos and they are fantastic. Flourless chocolate cake is a huge hit at our house–it turns out almost like thick fudgy brownies and you never miss the flour. You do want a big ol’ glass of something to wash it down with though–a little slice goes a long way. I ate according to Whole30 through September and I’m telling you–it’s very strict (and kind of stressfull), but I’ve never felt better in my whole life. Cutting back on grains is a really smart move for your health, energy, and your mood. It’s amazing the difference it makes. We are very low grain at my house now because I have not cut my kids off totally, but we definitely have changed our eating habits significantly. It really helps–it’s not just hype!

    • Sarah says

      I used to feel like it was the end of the world. Sometimes I still do. ;) Although I have been finding more alternatives that are rather good. Like GMO-free corn pasta. It’s WAY better then the grain option!! I’ve also made some cookies from my pinterest grain free board that are SO SO SO GOOD! I am going to blog about them in a week or so. ;)

      I would LOVE your recipes for cakes and treats. I’m always on the look out for recipes of all kinds, and lately it’s been grain free.

      That whole30 looked interesting. Is it a diet for 30 days that they motivate you to do through email? I wasn’t exactly sure what it was about. :)

      • sara says

        Hey Sarah,

        Whole30 is like food boot camp. I made it three weeks, so 23 days and I will do it again when I am ready to tough it out. You do not have to buy the book or get the emails–there are tons of recipies and resources on line and the Whole30 website has all the information you need. I kept a blog about my Whole30, but I have not made it public yet.) I did buy the book, and I highly recommend anyone read it because it’s really helpful about not just the “how” but the “why you should” when it comes to choosing to eat, or not eat certain things. (It was $14.95 on Amazon for hardback, and well worth every penny.) It’s so crazy, because my food clean up started two years ago when my original goal was to avoid high fructose corn syrup and then it snowballed from there. But trust me–I still eat bad things sometimes and I get Starbucks and eat ice cream and *gasp* french fries–I just eat better overall so that those things aren’t as prevailent anymore. More cooking at home, more cooking from scratch with good ingredients–you know, the usual clean eating changes most people make.
        Also, I keep forgetting to leave my blog address for you. I don’t have a lot of recipies on there yet because I took a break from blogging for awhile and I usually write about other things, but I did just share a REALLY good oatmeal raisin recipie on there. (Fair warning though–I have a pretty silly sense of humor sometimes so I hope it doesn’t offend.)

        Also, here is our favorite flourless chocolate cake (and I have tried a few versions):

        This cake is so dense once it cooks, that I believe it would make really awesome cake pops too, I just don’t have a cake pop pan, so I haven’t ever made those…. someday though!

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