Friday, 14 February 2014

almond cinnamon cake

i'm always on the lookout for interesting recipes using egg white only rather than whole eggs because i often have several left over from making custard, creme patisserie or ice cream..yesterday i came across a recipe for an almond cinnamon cake in the book 'nigellisima', that i'd borrowed from the library, that piqued my interest..this morning i made it with the four egg whites i had languishing..and..hey.. it's extra versatile because it's gluten and dairy product free..

almond cinnamon cake
'nigellissima' nigella lawson
serves about 8

ingredients (i halved the recipe)

4 egg whites
75 gms castor sugar
75 gms almond meal
60 mls light olive oil
1/2 teaspoon (tsp) baking powder
finely grated zest of small orange
2-3 drops almond essence
50 gms flaked almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
icing sugar


~ beat the egg whites until opaque and starting to hold their shape
~ add sugar in small increments whisking and until it's incorporated and the mixture is thick and shiny
~ mix in zest and almond essence and then add the oil and almond meal mixed with the baking powder in three batches
~ pour the mixture into a 20 cm baking paper lined tin, smooth the top and sprinkle with the faked almonds mixed with the cinnamon
~ bake at 180 deg c for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
~ cool in the tin on a wire rack
~ sprinkle with icing sugar to serve


~ i think this is a particularly lovely's not very sweet so it could be served with a citrus compote or a citrus glace such as the glaced cumquats i've been wanting to make..and i think rhubarb would go nicely with it too

~ the almond essence flavour was not particularly discernible so i'd consider increasing the amount of  essence to 3-4 drops next time i make it

if you made this cake what flavours do you think would complement it?


  1. Hello Jane. This looks like a soft, versatile cake and a great way to use up egg whites. I can almost taste that crunchy almond topping. Perhaps stewed fruit such as apricots or peaches might compliment it too?

    I currently have a love for flaked almonds and have been having them on so many things; porridge, fruit with yoghurt and as a snack. I lightly roasted some recently with Za'atar and honey to crumble over a lamb salad. Happy Sunday to you!

  2. thanks jane..your lamb salad sounds amazing..knowing the provenance of the lamb would have made it taste even better!

  3. Wow, this cake is truly amazing. The recipe is quite simple and I will definitely try it at the home. My husband’s 30th birthday is about to come and I will host DIY party at one of local garden event venues. I really hope he likes everything.