Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake {gluten-free}

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake is a beautifully flavoured and textured cake. Sweet potato and cream cheese are baked into the butterscotchy sponge whilst ripples of buttery cinnamon swirl through the centre. A generous pouring of thick maple cream cheese icing makes this cake one of the best of the season.

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake is the recipe which I get the most requests for. A cheeky email from a friend here, a sly DM popping up from a customer there. And I’m always willing to oblige, this cake needs to be made, eaten and loved at any given opportunity. It’s also the cake I choose to accompany me anytime I volunteer to bring a sweet and it always goes down a storm. I have regular customers that return to the cake stall time and time again, making the trip across London, just for this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake. Believe me, it’s well worth the trouble. Even though I don’t restrict this cake to the cooler months since it seems to receive love all year round, Autumn is when the rich flavours of Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl truly shine.

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This Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake began life as a wheat cake a few years ago on the stall, it quickly became a customer favourite and when I made the switch to gluten-free I immediately began working to convert this recipe. When I was finally happy with the finished cake I was not the only one to remark upon how much more flavourful and exciting the cake was in comparison to its wheaty mirror image. For this bad boy, it’s all about the oat flour.

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Oat flour is one of those gluten-free flours that not all wheat intolerant folks can handle, so tread carefully here if you are making it for someone else who is gluten-free. It’s possible to buy gluten-free oat flour but if you can’t find it at your local health food shop or supermarket then you can grind your own gluten-free oats. For more detailed info on oat flour and grinding your own, see my post here. For those of us lucky ducks that are able to enjoy gluten-free oats to our hearts and tummies content then oat flour is a wonder, and especially shines in this cake. It’s rich toasted butterscotch undertones compliment the savouriness of the sweet potato, tang of the cream cheese and warmth of the cinnamon. I haven’t tasted another cake like this one.

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I would never normally sweeten my sweet potatoes when eaten as a savoury dish, instead I choose to boost the natural starches present by roasting the vegetable in wedges so the sugars are encouraged to the surface to create gloriously sticky caramelised edges. When I was in Alabama a few years ago though I ordered mashed sweet potatoes as a side and was astounded by the heavy sugar added into this already very sweet ingredient to accompany my fillet steak. I hesitate to say I didn’t like it, but at the risk of offending a whole lot of Americans, I really didn’t. If I’m going to sweeten my sweet potatoes then I think I prefer them as a dessert. Sweet Potato Pie, for instance, yummy. Or in this divine Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffle Torte. And in this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake the sweet potatoes find another extremely comfortable home.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake on a plate with a sifter and sweet potatoes in the foreground

In order to achieve the sweet potato puree which is needed for the cake you need to bake whole sweet potatoes wrapped in foil for 1 hour at an oven set to 180°C. They are ready when you press gently into them and your finger squishes into the potato. Leave them to cool before unwrapping from the foil and their loosened skins. They should be so soft that you can just mash them with a fork.

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Another slightly unusual ingredient in this cake is the maple extract used in the maple cream cheese icing. I first came across maple extract in a recipe by The Pioneer Woman for her famous cinnamon rolls where she insists that it should not be substituted for maple syrup. So when I first made cinnamon rolls I complied to the letter of instruction. I have to say it does make all the difference. If you were to use maple syrup you would have to use a fair amount to really get the flavour of maple into your icing which then distorts the liquid ratio in the recipe and adds too much sweetness when you are already using icing sugar. The maple extract imbues the icing with its beautifully rich flavour without any of the former problems. It’s not easy to buy in shops but I use this Cupcake World Intense Food Flavouring Maple 100 ml from Amazon and it works brilliantly.

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Something else which might surprise you in this recipe is the use of black pepper. I love using freshly ground black peppercorns in some of my bakes as it adds a deep rich spice note. It doesn’t interfere with any of the flavours but just enhances the background kick. The baking process also removes its heat so don’t worry if you don’t like things too spicy.

overhead shot of slice of Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake on a plate with a sifter and sweet potatoes

I urge you to give this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake a try, it’s really one of my favourites and a cake I will never tire of baking or eating. If you do make this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious gluten-free cake creation, say maybe swapping out the sweet potato for pumpkin, I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake {gluten-free}
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Swirl Cake is deeply flavourful with butterscotch undertones rippled with buttery cinnamon and drizzled with maple cream cheese icing.
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Ingredients
  • 170 g sweet rice flour
  • 170 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 245 g sweet potato puree* about 3 sweet potatoes
  • 245 g cream cheese
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g light soft brown sugar
  • 225 g butter melted
  • 3 eggs
Cinnamon Swirl
  • 15 g butter melted
  • 30 g light brown sugar
  • 40 g icing sugar
  • 15 ml whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese icing
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 30 g salted butter at room temperature
  • 80 g cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract/flavouring
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Ingredients
  • 170 g sweet rice flour
  • 170 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 245 g sweet potato puree* about 3 sweet potatoes
  • 245 g cream cheese
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g light soft brown sugar
  • 225 g butter melted
  • 3 eggs
Cinnamon Swirl
  • 15 g butter melted
  • 30 g light brown sugar
  • 40 g icing sugar
  • 15 ml whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese icing
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 30 g salted butter at room temperature
  • 80 g cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract/flavouring
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C and grease and flour a 10 inch bundt tin.
  2. First of all prepare the cinnamon swirl by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl and then set aside.
  3. For the cake, sift together, in a large bowl, the flours, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and pepper, then set aside.
  4. In another bowl beat together the sweet potato, cream cheese and vanilla extract. Again, set aside.
  5. Beat the sugars and butter together in a food mixer until well incorporated.
  6. Add in the eggs one at a time until the batter is smooth.
  7. Finally spoon in 1/3 of the flour, beat into the batter then add 1/3 of the sweet potato mixture and beat in. Repeat until all the flour and the sweet potato mixture has been incorporated into the batter.
  8. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the prepared bundt tin and smooth down. Dot half of the cinnamon swirl mixture in and swirl with a cocktail stick.
  9. Spoon the next 1/3 of the batter and repeat with the cinnamon swirl.
  10. Spoon the rest of the batter in, smoothing the surface.
  11. Bake for about 50 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven, rest for five minutes and then carefully remove the cake from the bundt tin. Cool completely on a wire rack then drizzle with the maple cream cheese icing.
  13. Finally spinkle some extra cinnamon over the top of the cake.
  14. For the maple cream cheese icing beat the icing sugar together with the salted butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  15. Then add the whole milk and maple extract and beat until combined.
  16. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

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I saved up for an age to get this Nordicware Heritage Bundt Pan. It’s absolutely my favourite cake tin. I love the clean crisp edges of the swirl and how you can drizzle the icing right on in there and in this cake it makes me think of snowy mountain peaks. I recommend greasing and flouring this tin so that your cake has no problems popping out. The quality of the tin is excellent but it can be pricey. I have noticed that the price really fluctuates on Amazon- so wait until it’s around £40 before you choose to buy.

To grease your bundt tin well I recommend using professional cake release spray. It doesn’t matter how little or often you bake, you will be so glad to have this little shortcut around, there’s nothing worse than messing around with butter or oil on your fingertips to get the grease evenly into all the crevices of the cake tin. I use Dubor PR100 Professional Cake Release Spray 600 ml it lasts longer and doesn’t dry out like some of the cheaper brands. Really worth your time and money this one.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

You want to use potato flour and not potato starch in this cake, they are different ingredients and do different things so make sure you are using the right one. I use Wholefood Earth Organic Potato Flour, 1 kg which is a lovely fine flour.

I do try and stick to natural ingredients and flavourings in my cakes but if the need calls for it then I can be persuaded otherwise, which is where this Cupcake World Intense Food Flavouring Maple 100 ml comes into play. I only use the smallest drop in the icing as a little goes a very long way, so we’re really not doing any harm here and it’s really worth the difference rather than using actual maple syrup, the flavour is true and intense.

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‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars {gluten-free}

‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are so deliciously thick and chocolatey with a gluten-free rolled oat base and an ooey gooey fudgey filling of homemade nutella.

A stack of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

I’ve got a bit of exciting news to impart. I’m finally bouncing back from maternity leave and returning to the cake stall next month. Sunday 6th October to be exact, at Stroud Green Market, which is my neighbourhood farmers’ market. I have decided to stay local and stick to the one market for the moment to ease me back into the game. Plus I love the vibe at Stroud Green Market, it is run with a lot of passion with a lovely community feel. I will be selling the usual layer cakes, loaf cakes, bars and delectable goodies which are all totally gluten-free and incredibly delicious.

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For the foreseeable future I’ve chosen to not focus on jams, chutneys and other preserves which does disappoint me, but something had to give, besides my sanity. I still look after Cole and Beau for the majority of my week and I haven’t been preserving anything this year whist I’ve adjusted to two little souls to juggle. Although I expect I’ll have a few jars of something moving towards Christmas like my mincemeats or cranberry sauce. I’m very excited to be getting back to proper work and I cannot wait to dive back in.

Even though I have been on maternity leave from the market stall I’ve obviously been just as busy on the blog as ever which has been a great excuse for developing new recipes for the stall. Lately it’s been a recurring theme that I have also been trying to revamp some old recipes which didn’t get as much love as they should the first time round and updating the ingredients and sometimes method to create gluten-free versions. Didja know this blog is all about the gluten-free these days?

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These ‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are a brilliant case in point. I posted the original recipe back in 2014 with some slapdash photos I took when I sold them on one of my first cake stalls. I’ve taken a couple of new photos but I’ve also amended the recipe to make it gluten-free and (whisper) remove the Nutella. There’s something about the ingredients list in Nutella that I’m not quite on board with these days, all that palm oil and sugar doesn’t sound very appealing. But the good news is this version is so much better with a more intense chocolate and hazelnut flavour. Homemade Nutella is pretty darn spesh and here I’ve used a natural hazelnut butter, melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a smattering of brown sugar to make the most amazing filling for these oat bars imaginable. The evaporated milk added in at the end is what transforms this incredibly chocolately nut butter into creamy gooey fudge. The rolled oat biscuit crust which holds it together is buttery and crumbly and studded with chocolate chips on the top, because if I can add more chocolate to a recipe then I will.

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I’m really looking forward to introducing these 2018 versions of the ‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars to the cake stall. They represent the fully flavoured bakes I love to produce with the best quality gluten-free ingredients. If you live in London or are visiting for the weekend then I’ll be at Stroud Green Market every Sunday from the 6th October and I’d love to see you. I’ll be the one surrounded by a lot of cake.

A stack of Nutella Fudge Oat Bars

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'Nutella' Fudge Oat Bars {gluten-free}
‘Nutella’ Fudge Oat Bars are so deliciously thick and chocolatey with a gluten-free rolled oat base and an ooey gooey fudgey filling of homemade nutella.
Course cake
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
15 bars
Ingredients
  • 100 g sweet white rice flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • 240 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 100 g hazelnuts roughly chopped
  • 240 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 185 g soft light brown sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 180 g hazelnut butter
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 75 ml evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
Course cake
Cuisine British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
15 bars
Ingredients
  • 100 g sweet white rice flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • 240 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 100 g hazelnuts roughly chopped
  • 240 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 185 g soft light brown sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 180 g hazelnut butter
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 75 ml evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and grease an 8 inch square baking tin.
  2. Whisk the sweet rice flour and tapioca flour together until combined.
  3. Add the oats, hazelnuts, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt and rub together with your hands until everything has come together to form a light dough.
  4. Press ½ the dough into the base of the baking tin to form an even layer.
  5. Melt the chocolate, hazelnut butter, cocoa powder and evaporated milk together in a double boiler, mixing together until thoroughly combined.
  6. Spread the ‘nutella’ chocolate mixture on top of the first layer of dough.
  7. Add the chocolate chips to the rest of the dough then crumble the dough on the top and press down lightly into the chocolate, don’t worry too much about it spreading out evenly.
  8. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for an hour or so before removing from the tin. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

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I have had this KitchenCraft MasterClass Non-Stick Deep Square Cake Tin with Loose Base, 20 cm (8″) for years and it’s always served me really well. It has a loose base so it’s really easy to remove these oat bars from.

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Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free}

Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping is a revelation if you have never thought to put tomatoes in a cake. This gluten-free version is deeply flavourful and sweetly spiced with a gentle nudge of caramelised ginger.

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Another one of my classic bakes making its gluten-free debut this week. Last week my Blackcurrant White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins had their moment in the spotlight and now I have a newly revamped Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping rising from the archives like a phoenix from the ashes.

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I first published a recipe for Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping back in 2014 as a wheat cake. I made it a bunch of times but never got around to taking decent photos of the cake which was so popular at my market stall back then. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to switch the recipe up to a gluten-free version but I am thrilled I finally did it as I had forgotten how amazing this cake is. It goes without saying that I prefer the gluten-free version of the cake as I am a staunch alternative flour advocate but the sweet rice flour and oat flour really do give this beautifully flavourful sponge even more character.

The following words are as written in 2014 since it describes how I came up for the idea for the recipe in the first place. I basically cribbed it off my sister.

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When my sister first told me she had made this cake a few weeks ago with the last remaining green tomatoes in her vegetable garden I immediately thought that this was one of her weird experiments and dismissed it.

The idea stayed with me though and I couldn’t stop thinking of this green tomato cake that she had been raving about. I’m a huge fan of green tomatoes and the thought of incorporating them into my baking was intriguing. So I called her back up a few days later and asked her a bit more about it. She said the texture was incredibly moist but the closest thing she could see that it resembled was a carrot cake. Suddenly it all made sense and I kicked myself for not seeing how this was the perfect use for the firm, tangy tomatoes that are still hanging round well into Autumn, especially when spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

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I thought I had missed out though as I hadn’t seen any green tomatoes for a while and assumed their time had passed for the season. Then on a chance visit to Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market I saw huge mounds of the these emerald green beauties glinting in the frost bitten sun. I am useless when it comes to understanding quantities of things and rather than be floundering with too few tomatoes I bought bags of them, just in case.

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There wasn’t a huge amount of recipes for green tomato cake online but those that were all emanated from the southern states of America which is understandable since they are the guys that brought us the sublime fried green tomatoes and seem to understand this ingredient better than most. It does seem that the cake is treated much like any vegetable cake with plenty of sugar, oil instead of butter and spicing aplenty. I took my Autumn theme a bit more seriously though and dotted diced stem ginger throughout, and topped the cake with a sweetly buttered crunchy streusel crown. The streusel topping turned out to be a wonderful adornment, making the cake taste almost like a deliciously moist fruit crumble. The pockets of juicy tomato are so enticing and add another texture every now and then to the now complex structure of the cake. It’s just as well then that the assembling of the cake is so darn simple.

side shot of a slice of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it

I can’t convince you enough to make this cake, vegetables cakes are one of the cornerstones of my cake stall and this Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake is one of the best. Make it now whilst the glut of green tomatoes is at its peak.

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If you make the Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

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Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping
Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping is a revelation if you have never thought to put tomatoes in a cake. This gluten-free version is deeply flavourful and sweetly spiced with a gentle nudge of caramelised ginger.
overhead shot of Green Tomato and Stem Ginger Cake with Streusel Topping {gluten-free} on a plate with green tomatoes next to it
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
14 people
Ingredients
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 240 ml light olive oil
  • 40 ml stem ginger syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 170 g sweet rice flour
  • 170 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 350 g green tomatoes diced
  • 75 g stem ginger finely diced, about 4 balls
For the streusel topping:
  • 20 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g oat flour
  • 85 g demerara sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50 g cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons oats
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
14 people
Ingredients
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 240 ml light olive oil
  • 40 ml stem ginger syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 170 g sweet rice flour
  • 170 g oat flour
  • 35 g potato flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 350 g green tomatoes diced
  • 75 g stem ginger finely diced, about 4 balls
For the streusel topping:
  • 20 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g oat flour
  • 85 g demerara sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50 g cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons oats
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160° and line and grease a 20cm deep round cake tin
  2. First make the streusel topping by rubbing together the flours, sugar, cinnamon, butter and oats until the mixture is crumbly, then set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat together the caster sugar, light brown sugar, olive oil, stem ginger syrup, eggs and vanilla until completely combined.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flours, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
  5. Add the flour to the sugar and egg mixture and beat until well combined.
  6. Stir in the green tomatoes and the stem ginger until evenly distributed then pour into the cake tin.
  7. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake mixture.
  8. Place the cake in the oven and bake for about 90-100 minutes until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean. You might want to check the cake two thirds of the way through its cooking time and cover the top with foil if the streusel topping is getting too brown.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and leave for 5 minutes in the tin before turning out to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

If you fell in love with the original recipe made with wheat flour and want to continue using that version, then use the same recipe as above but substitute the sweet rice flour, oat flour and potato flour in the cake for 375g plain all-purpose flour, and the sweet rice flour and oat flour in the streusel topping for 40g plain all-purpose flour.

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The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

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These Blackcurrant, White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins were originally posted as a wheat recipe back in 2014 and I am so happy I have finally managed to re-jig the ingredients to create a gluten-free version. I have seriously been missing this muffin and had to sneak in this last recipe using summer berries before I turn my head to stone fruits, apples and pears.

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Blackcurrants are seriously underrated. Their beautifully sweet yet tart pop in the mouth takes me straight back to my childhood like no other fruit. They used to grow all over our garden when we were growing up and my father would help my sister and I gather handfuls upon handfuls. This took some time, blackcurrants are particularly tiny. We wouldn’t do anything more complicated than pluck them diligently from our tiny hands and eat them straight. They needed no sugar maceration, cream or crumble to do them justice. They really are a perfect little currant.

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It feels right to discuss these childhood memories of my father as I spent a small amount of time with him this week as he finally got a chance to meet baby Beau. My father and I have a complicated relationship but we are lucky that we can always find common ground through food. It’s through him that I can know with certainty where my passion, and okay greed, of food comes from. We usually meet over lunch and besides talking about the children our conversation basically revolves around food, what we are eating, what we have loved eating and what we are jealous of the other for eating.

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My father still grows fruits, vegetables and herbs in his small but functional garden, whereas I merely kill potted basil plants on my kitchen window sill. I’d like to say that my children will have the same memories that I have of picking fruit from our garden as I gently teach them where our food comes from, but sadly any plant that comes into contact with me dies on sight. I think our pear tree is terrified of me and only offers up a minuscule offering every couple of years like some sort of a sacrifice.

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So I’ll leave the growing to my father and get my blackcurrants from the farmers’ market instead. I think these berries I used for the Blackcurrant White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins might well be the last of the season so if you can’t get them then blueberries also work well, although they do miss the tang that the blackcurrants bring in beautiful harmony with the white chocolate and thyme.

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The basis of this muffin recipe is not mine but originated from a Paul A Young recipe. He is a master chocolatier and the pairing of white chocolate with thyme is sublime. I originally adapted the recipe by adding the aforementioned blackcurrants but now that I have made it gluten-free it truly feels like my own. I gave over last Sunday to coming up with the perfect flour blend for these muffins that could stand up to the wheat version with pride. I finally settled on sweet rice flour to add fluffiness and the bind so that the muffins are not crumbly. Gluten-free oat flour was added for its neutrality but slight butterscotch aroma. Then finally I rounded out the blend with a touch of potato flour, almost as a filler to make up the numbers, but it’s also hydroscopic so helps even out the stickiness of the sweet rice flour and the burst of moisture from the blackcurrants. The resulting muffin is beautifully light and fluffy and holds together exceedingly well, especially considering all the add-ins thrown at it.

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These Blackcurrant, White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins really let their component ingredients shine, they are the perfect late summer treat and a testament to the blackcurrant which is definitely one of my favourite fruits of the summer.

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Blackcurrant White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins {gluten-free}
These Gluten-Free Blackcurrant White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins are the perfect balance of tangy and sweet with the gentle earthiness of thyme.
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Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml light olive oil not extra virgin and the lightest blend you can find
  • 250 ml whole milk
  • 20 g thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 180 g oat flour
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 40 g potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150 g white chocolate chips
  • 150 g blackcurrants
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml light olive oil not extra virgin and the lightest blend you can find
  • 250 ml whole milk
  • 20 g thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 180 g oat flour
  • 180 g sweet rice flour
  • 40 g potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150 g white chocolate chips
  • 150 g blackcurrants
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and prepare a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin liners.
  2. Place the sugars, eggs, olive oil, milk, thyme and vanilla in a large bowl and beat together until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the batter and beat together until smooth.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and the blackcurrants until evenly dispersed.
  6. Divide the batter into muffin cases, filling to just below the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until risen and the blackcurrants are bursting out.
  8. Remove the muffins from the tin straight away to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Drizzle with extra melted white chocolate if you like.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Paul A Young’s White Chocolate and Thyme Muffins from his Adventures with Chocolate

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The 12 hole muffin tin I always use and will thoroughly recommend due to its durability and ease of washing is the MasterClass 12-Hole Non-Stick Cupcake Tray / Baking Pan, 35 x 27 cm

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

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Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake {without xanthan gum}

The Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake is made without xanthan gum and is deliciously fluffy, light and moist. It is filled and covered with a dreamy vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and is the cake you will turn to time and time again when you need a simple yet stunning gluten-free cake.

Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table

To say that I am excited about this recipe is an understatement. This is one of the cakes that I am most proud of ever since I began baking gluten-free several years ago.

Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table

The vanilla cake is an especially important cake for any baker as not only should the cake shine in its own right but it is also the building block through which many other cakes can be made. Just change the buttercream to chocolate and you have a perfect chocolate vanilla birthday cake, add some lemon or orange zest to the sponge and buttercream and you have a citrus cake. Add chopped nuts to the batter, chocolate chips or even sprinkles for a funfetti cake. Your basic vanilla cake is where it all starts.

Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table

There is nowhere for the ingredients to hide in a simple vanilla cake. No fancy flavours that may detract from an inferior texture and no cheeky add-ins that make ploughing through a dry cake a satisfying treat. A gluten-free vanilla cake is a strong ask. The sponge has to be light and fluffy but not dry, moist but not claggy and the taste has to sing with the simplicity of vanilla. All of the stumbling blocks of gluten-free baking are put to the test in the vanilla cake and I wanted to prove to the gluten-free cake detractors that cakes baked without wheat can have a beautiful texture, tremendous taste and pleasurable mouthfeel.

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Before I discuss my flour choices for the Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake, it’s important to mention a missing key ingredient that you might be familiar with if you have baked a gluten-free cake before. This gluten-free cake is without xanthan gum which is often used in gluten-free baking to mimic the effects of gluten. I have never found a need to use this omnipresent ingredient, instead relying on careful flour selection to give the desired texture instead. I will be discussing my choice to not bake with xanthan gum in my next post but for now you can breathe a sigh of relief that if you are intolerant to xanthan gum or can’t be bothered to buy yet another ingredient to clog up your shelves you can still enjoy the Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake.

Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table

So without xanthan gum to rely on I have to choose which alternative flours to include wisely. Firstly I was very particular that I didn’t want to make my go-to gluten-free vanilla cake with almond flour so as to avoid any nut allergy issues. I also wanted to produce a cake that used as few flours as possible. This latter point has been the main difference between this gluten-free vanilla cake and my previous go-to gluten-free vanilla cake. It has not been uncommon for me to blend up to five different gluten-free flours to get a taste and texture that I love. For this recipe though I limited myself to just three gluten-free flours for the blend, to make it as accessible as possible, keep costs down and our larder slim.

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So I used my favourite gluten-free flours, the ones I rely on the most and the three gluten-free flours I would recommend as essential ingredients for the impassioned gluten-free baker.

Sweet Rice Flour
Gluten-Free Oat Flour
Tapioca Flour

Now as a disclaimer, these three flours are not going to be suitable for everyone. Oat flour, even gluten-free oat flour, can be a contentious issue for some coeliacs or people with a hardcore gluten intolerance. Tapioca flour also can cause irritability for some and although none of my clients yet has mentioned an issue with sweet rice flour, my goodness I bet some of you readers are shaking your head sadly at its inclusion here. However, these are the flours that work well for me and my intolerance issues and the majority of the gluten-free clients I serve.

Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table

If you would like to learn more about these individual flours and why they work so well in a gluten-free cake and allow the avoidance of xanthan gum then I have written individual posts about sweet rice flour, oat flour and tapioca flour which should hopefully shed some light on their brilliance and usefulness.

In any vanilla cake, gluten-free or not, the quality of your ingredients is absolutely key. Do use the best unsalted butter and whole milk from a local dairy if you can, the freshest eggs from the happiest chickens and the best vanilla extract (not essence) that you can afford. You can taste every ingredient in a vanilla cake. This particular Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake is even more tasty than a wheat version due to the flavourful flours but they enhance the vanilla taste and do not overpower it.

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Finally I have chosen to fill and cover the cake with my absolute favourite Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It is light as air, dreamy as a cloud and buttery as hell. If you have never made or tasted swiss meringue buttercream then you will be transported. As soon as I started using swiss meringue buttercream in my early days as a baker my layer cakes suddenly became a superior offering. Despite the need to heat the egg whites with the sugar, using a thermometer as a guide, then whipping them into a meringue before adding your butter one cube at a time, the method sounds more intimidating than the practice. Once you have dabbled in the delights of swiss meringue buttercream then you will never look back.

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This recipe for the Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake has taken me some time to perfect, it has been simmering away in the background of my kitchen for a while but now I am so happy to share it with you. This cake is perfectly fluffy, moist and holds together beautifully, giving lovely even slices that do not crumble when it sees a knife.

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If you make the Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious gluten-free cake creation I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

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Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake {without xanthan gum}
The Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake is made without xanthan gum and is deliciously fluffy, light and moist. It is filled and covered with a dreamy vanilla swiss meringue buttercream.
Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 75 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
12-14 people
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 ml whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 160 g sweet rice flour
  • 140 g oat flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 9 egg whites 270g
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 540 g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake
Prep Time 75 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
12-14 people
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 ml whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 160 g sweet rice flour
  • 140 g oat flour
  • 40 g tapioca flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 9 egg whites 270g
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 540 g unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake on a cake stand on a wooden table
Instructions
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan assisted oven/gas mark 3/320°F and line and grease 2 x round 8 inch cake tins.
  2. Beat together the sugar and butter until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating on a low speed.
  4. In a measuring jug whisk together the whole milk and vanilla extract and set aside for a moment.
  5. Whisk together the flours, baking powder and sea salt in a large mixing bowl until completely combined.
  6. Add the flour mix alternately with the milk, adding the flour in three additions and the milk in two (begin and end with the flour), scrape down the sides of the bowls as needed and mix until just combined.
  7. Divide between the cake tins and bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Heat egg whites and caster sugar in a bain marie, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the temperature has reached 71°C.
  2. Remove the egg whites and sugar from the heat and pour into a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  3. Change the attachment to a paddle attachment. On a low speed add the butter slowly cube by cube. When you have almost added all the butter the mixture will look curdled. Do not fret – this is supposed to happen and just means you are nearly done. Just continue to add all the butter. Once the butter is totally incorporated the frosting will miraculously become a smooth velvety consistency.
  4. Add the salt and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined.

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The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.

I love these Kitchen Craft Paul Hollywood 2-Tier Stackable Wire Cooling Rack, 40 x 26 x 35 cm (16″ x 10″ x 14″), don’t be put off that they are part of the Paul Hollywood range as they are actually really useful as they are nice and high which allow more air to get to your cakes to cool quickly. Some cooling racks are too close to the kitchen counter which traps in more moisture as the cakes are cooling down which could lead to a wetter sponge. These are great.

You need to use a double boiler or bain marie to make the swiss meringue buttercream and this KitchenCraft Induction-Safe Stainless Steel Double Boiler Porringer/Bain-Marie Pan, 16 cm (6.5″) is perfect. Double boilers are way more useful than you think they are going to be. I use one every time I melt chocolate, make a curd, butter sauce or indeed swiss meringue.

For checking the temperature of your egg white sugar syrup when making your swiss meringue buttercream don’t be without a Classic SuperFast Thermapen 3 professional food thermometer in grey colour It gives quick and accurate temperature readings meaning you can don’t have to guess at any temperatures when making candy, caramel or fancy buttercreams. I use mine all the time.

If you want to replicate the flower and leaf design on this cake then I used the Wilton 489785 Decorating Tip-No. 125cr Large Flower Petal for the leaves.

And the Ateco Extra Large Stainless Steel closed Star 848 Pastry Piping Cream Icing Tube Nozzle for the flowers.

I find these huge disposable piping bags are the most robust ones you can buy, I do get a huge pack of them as the worst thing is to get ready to ice your cake and discover you don’t have any piping bags left. I use disposable as I bake a lot of cakes and find washing up the re-usable piping bags takes a lot of time and I can never get them totally clean. I use these piping bags for everything from cupcakes to drizzling melted chocolate to piping a straight level of buttercream evenly over a whole layer cake. This 1 Roll of Savoy Disposable Piping Bags – 100 21 Bags by Cn-Ice is an absolutely invaluable piece of kit in my baking.

It’s not easy to buy certified gluten-free sweet rice flour in the UK, for some reason Bob’s Red Mill is astronomically expensive. However I have finally found a brand which is 100% certified gluten-free and it’s fantastic. The brand is yourhealthstore Premium Gluten Free Sweet Rice Flour (glutinous) 1kg

Oat flour can be picked up at most health food shops and if I run out that’s where I head to. However, like all alternative flours it can be expensive so I find the most economical way is to buy it online. I go through bags of the stuff as it’s the flour I use most regularly so I like to buy in bulk. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour 400 g (Pack of 4) at a reasonable price. Even better if you go the subscribe and save option.

It’s not difficult to get hold of tapioca flour in the UK. You can often find 100g pots of Doves Farm Tapioca Flour in the supermarket but it’s quite costly and doesn’t give you very much. You can find more varied brands in health food shops in bags of about 500g. The cost depends entirely on the brand you purchase. My preferred brand is Bob’s Red Mill GF Tapioca Flour 500 g (Pack of 2) as it’s certifiably gluten-free and I order it through Amazon.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Espresso Cake {gluten-free}

This gluten-free Salted Caramel Chocolate Espresso Cake is one of my favourite cakes from the cake stall. A chocolate lover’s sponge sandwiched together with silky salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream and drizzled with thick luscious salted caramel.

Raspberry Matcha Cake {gluten-free}

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Gluten-Free Cherry Cake

This Gluten-Free Cherry Cake is a simple summer bake. Fluffy and tender with a sugary crust and packed with fruity glacé cherries. It’s ideal for taking on picnics or sitting resplendent on the stall of your local school fete.

Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries

We are often asking a lot of our cake at this time of year, schlepping it about to picnics, family gatherings and donating it to school fetes, local fairs and festivals.

Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries

Not only must the cake be easily transportable but once it reaches its destination then we will need it to withstand the summer weather as it sits, probably uncovered, for a couple of hours battling with the hot sun’s rays. Preferably during all this time we will also demand that our cake look lovely, taste amazing and not poison our children.

Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries

So it’s better that our offering should not be some extravagantly decorated number with delicate buttercream flowers that can get smoodged in the car or spoil in the heat. We should also keep any kind of chocolate ganache out of the equation too lest we want our cake to turn into a big chocolate puddle.

A bowl of glacé cherries in front of a bowl of fresh cherries

That’s where this crowd pleasing Gluten-Free Cherry Cake comes in. It’s a simple bake with no frills that can stand up well to being carted around in this strong summer weather. Plus there’s no creamy, rich covering that can feel too heavy or become a danger in this summer heat. It’s just all about a gorgeously fluffy sponge studded with plump and juicy glacé cherries sprinkled with a crunchy sugar dusting. This recipe is perfect for making the most of your Homemade Glacé Cherries but if you don’t have any to hand then try to get the best quality glacé cherries you can find and the better your cake will be.

A slice of cherry cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries

This is not a cake destined for a royal wedding but a beautiful homely affair. Your Gluten-Free Cherry Cake doesn’t need a cake fork but can be casually served on a napkin or just in your hands. Children will be delighted by the glacé cherries and the older crowd will be reminded of the cakes they grew up with.

Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries

This Gluten-Free Cherry Cake is the stalwart of the party or the cake stall. It’s reliably delicious and crowd pleasing. For me, it’s what easy summer baking is all about and just the kind of cake I want to eat whatever the weather.

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Gluten-Free Cherry Cake
This Gluten-Free Cherry Cake is a simple summer bake. Fluffy and tender with a sugary crust and packed with fruity glacé cherries. It’s ideal for taking on picnics or sitting resplendent on the stall of your local school fete.
Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake, gluten-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Servings
10-12 slices
Ingredients
  • 275 g glace cherries
  • 125 g white rice flour
  • 70 g millet flour
  • 30 g tapioca flour
  • 120 g ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 225 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Course cake
Cuisine British
Keyword cake, gluten-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 70 minutes
Servings
10-12 slices
Ingredients
  • 275 g glace cherries
  • 125 g white rice flour
  • 70 g millet flour
  • 30 g tapioca flour
  • 120 g ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 225 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Cherry Cake on a cooling rack with a cake knife sitting in front of a bowl of cherries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C fan assisted oven or 180°C in a regular oven*.
  2. Grease and line an 8 inch x 4 inch round cake tin.
  3. Chop the cherries roughly, so some are halved and some quartered, then pour into a medium sized bowl, leave for a minute.
  4. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours, almonds, baking powder and salt.
  5. Take out a tablespoon of the dry mixture and stir into the cherries until all the cherries are well coated then set aside
  6. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after every addition.
  8. Pour in half the flour and mix in well, scraping down the sides. Mix in the zest and juice of the lemon then add the other half of the flour.
  9. Stir in the cherries until evenly dispersed then pour into the cake tin.
  10. Bake for about 70 minutes or until an inserted cocktail skewer comes out clean.
  11. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out carefully and sprinkle the two teaspoons of granulated sugar over the top of the cake.
Recipe Notes

*If you want to make your own glacé cherries then get the recipe here.

* I’m baking more and more of my cakes in a fan assisted oven. Gluten-Free flours can retain more moisture so I find that by keeping the air circulating in the oven during the bake it lightens the cake a little. By all means if you don’t have a fan-assisted oven then just raise the temperature by 10 degrees and your cake will turn out just fine.

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The cake tins I always use are these PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 8 x 4-Inch Deep which are wonderful as they have completely straight sides so your cakes will be beautifully neat, the anodised aluminium means the heat disperses evenly throughout the cake without cooking the sides too quickly, which some darker cake tins do. The cakes slip out of the tins easily and they come in all the sizes you would need, although typically I use the 8 inch tins.


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A cupcake on a cake stand next to some glacé cherries

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This Blood Orange Rosemary Polenta Cake is both gluten-free and dairy-free. Whole oranges are boiled then pureed to create an incredibly moist and intensely citrusy cake spiked with a hint of rosemary.

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Vanilla Almond Cake with Lemon Curd Glaze {gluten-free}

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