Gluten Free and Dairy Free Lemon Cherry Cake
This lemon cherry cake is one of my favourite desserts. I love cherries. And anything that has some of that lovely lemony tangyness.
The cake is made with olive oil, eggs and ground almonds. So you could argue it’s more heart healthy than the average cake. Maybe. Sure who cares? It tastes great.
This lemon cherry cake is one of my favourite abitmoreveg recipes and one of my favourite sweet treats/desserts. I have made it countless times at this stage. This recipe predates my going gluten-free. I was trying to get myself to do a detox. But wasn’t quite managing to stick with it. So I was giving up things bit by bit. Anyway I’m delighted I came up with this. It’s a keeper.
It might be stretch to say this is a healthy treat as it does contain a whopping 175g of caster sugar. But it is full of good fat from the olive oil and ground almonds. And it is delicious. Also it is always handy to have delicious gluten free dessert recipe to hand.
And isn’t it nice to start the new year (or end the week) on a sweet note.
What else is good about it?
So ground almonds or almond flour, if you prefer, is a protein and nutrient dense flour. Searching online you see some people are very much in favour of it. While others seem to think it’s very over-rated. All I know is that I have often used it as a replacement for flour when I’m doing detoxes and felt much better using it. You can find more information on the health benefits of almonds here.
Cherries are also full of goodness. I leave them un-pitted in the cake because I think they hold their flavour better this way but it can also be made with pitted cherries. If you are thinking about used a tin or jar of cherries though you need to drastically reduce the quantity of sugar. This recipe is meant for fresh cherries – preferably tart ones.
About the olive oil
When I first came up with this cake I used extra virgin olive oil rather than regular olive oil. Use regular olive oil. The other type makes the cake very fudgy in texture. I preferred that. But pretty much everyone else prefers this cake when it’s made with regular olive oil.