Gluten-free Nut Cake

a dense and lightly spiced gluten-free cake made with a mixture of crunchy hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and juicy raisins. Heaven for nut lovers.


This cake was inspired by the abundant supply of nuts in my kitchen cupboard. I wasn’t sure whether it will turn out well since it is my first attempt, but at the end it really did!


A perfect choice at breakfast. It can be also enjoyed with an afternoon tea or coffee. Moreover, it will keep you full and satisfied for longer. Go nuts and give it a try!

Here is how to make it:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp of mixed spices
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Small handful of each type of nut: hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts ; finely chopped
  • Handful of raisins (or mixed dried fruit)
  • 2 cups of gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of virgin olive oil
  • Icing sugar (to sprinkled over the top of the baked cake)

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Coat a ring cake tin (or an 8-inch-square baking tray) with cooking spray and sprinkle a little flour over the top.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar, then gradually incorporate the yoghurt, marmalade, vanilla extract, orange juice and oil. In a separate bowl mix the flour, spices and baking powder. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and stir until smooth.

Finely chop the nuts and fold into the mixture along with the raisins.

Ensure the final consistency is neither too thick nor too runny. Transfer into cake tin.

Reduce oven temperature to 180°C. Bake the cake until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached (about 45 minutes).

Once baked, allow to cool for a few minutes, then carefully run a knife along the container to ensure it will be easily separated. Place a plate over the cake and flip it. Once on a plate allow it to cool for a further 2–3 minutes then sprinkle icing sugar over the top.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Store in an airtight container.

Serving suggestion:

If you are feeling more nutty than usual and you happen to have Nutella at home, try spreading a thin layer of the chocolate spread over a piece. It’s a great combination!



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