Healthy and Delicious: Gluten-Free Walnut Cake Recipe

Welcome foodies and health enthusiasts! Today I bring to you my best ever gluten-free and dairy-free walnut cake recipe. It’s the perfect cake for people who crave a light and fluffy dessert that’s easy on their palate, while staying true to their dietary restrictions.

If you’re someone who is always searching for gluten-free recipes that taste as good or better than their traditional counterparts, then you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is not only gluten-free, but also dairy-free, making it an excellent option for those who suffer from lactose intolerance or any other dairy-related allergies.

The star ingredient of this recipe is the delicious walnuts. Walnuts are known to be incredibly nutritious, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and various minerals, which makes this cake not only delicious but also healthy. The combination of flavours in this cake with hints of cinnamon will make it a favourite amongst those who love coffee walnut flavoured cakes.

So gather all your ingredients together and let’s get started with making the perfect gluten-free and dairy-free walnut cake that everyone will love!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Walnut Cake (Gluten Free)
Walnut Cake (Gluten Free)

Are you a gluten-free, dairy-free dessert lover? Then you are in for a treat with my ultimate Walnut Cake recipe! This cake is not only incredibly moist and delicious but it is also very easy to make. Here’s why you’ll absolutely love this recipe:

First and foremost, this cake is gluten-free, which means that it can be enjoyed by those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities without worry. The combination of potato starch, cornstarch and xanthan gum creates a light and fluffy texture that is reminiscent of traditional cake.

Secondly, it’s dairy-free which makes it perfect for anyone who has an intolerance to lactose or who follows a vegan diet. Instead of butter, I use oil and a bit of milk to bring moisture to the cake that marries perfectly with the ground walnuts.

Thirdly, this scrumptious coffee walnut cake features flavorful ingredients like ground cinnamon and espresso powder that complement the walnuts perfectly. These spices provide the perfect balance to create an explosion of flavors in your mouth – perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!

Lastly, this cake is versatile, and can be tailored according to your mood or occasion. You can decorate it with fresh figs or add some chocolate chips for a more indulgent experience. It also makes an excellent base for other varieties such as raisin cake or maple-walnut cake.

In conclusion, this walnut cake is truly the best walnut cake that offers guilt-free indulgence at its finest. Trust me; your family and friends will request more! So go ahead and give it a try; you’ll be glad you did!

Ingredient List

 Who says gluten-free can't be delicious? This moist and nutty walnut cake is a true delight!
Who says gluten-free can’t be delicious? This moist and nutty walnut cake is a true delight!

Gluten-Free Walnut Cake Ingredients

This recipe calls for a variety of ingredients to make the perfect gluten-free walnut cake. Here are the ingredients you will need for the base cake:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup ground walnuts

For the wet ingredients, you will need:

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sticks (225 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

To enhance the flavor and texture, we will also add in some coffee and milk for a richer taste:

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice

Finally, we will decorate our gluten-free walnut cake with some lightly toasted walnut halves.

The Recipe How-To

 Can you smell the warm aroma of baked walnuts? It's like a hug in a cake.
Can you smell the warm aroma of baked walnuts? It’s like a hug in a cake.

Now it’s time to prepare the star of the show – the walnut cake. Follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease your baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients- 2 cups (225 g) of almond flour, 1/3 cup (40 g) of potato starch, 1/3 cup (40 g) of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt that brings out the flavors. Be sure to mix well.

Step 3: In another bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric beater at medium speed until fluffy and light in color for about 4-5 minutes. Add 6 eggs, one by one, beating well after each addition.

Step 4: Then, add the dry ingredients to the mixture and beat again until they are well combined. Fold in 2 cups (300g) of ground walnuts and mix well.

Step 5: Pour the batter into the greased pan, place walnut halves on the top before popping it into the oven. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, until golden brown or when a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it in the centre of the cake.

Step 6: Once baked, remove from oven and let it cool down in pan for about 10-15 minutes before transferring on a wire rack to cool completely. Your gluten-free walnut cake is now ready!

Substitutions and Variations

 Walnuts are not just a great source of healthy fats and protein, but they also add a lovely crunch to this cake.
Walnuts are not just a great source of healthy fats and protein, but they also add a lovely crunch to this cake.

Now, let’s explore some substitutions and variations you can make to personalize this amazing gluten-free walnut cake recipe.

Firstly, if you would like to make this cake dairy-free, you can substitute the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil. Both of these will give a similar texture and taste to the cake as they all have a high fat content.

For the nutty flavor, we used walnuts in the cake recipe. However, you can play around with other nuts such as pecans or almonds. You can even do a combination of several nuts to come up with a unique blend of flavors in your cake. Just substitute an equal amount of any nut for the walnuts mentioned in the recipe.

If you are looking for a chocolatey spin on this cake, add in two tablespoons of cocoa powder into the recipe’s dry ingredients. For a more indulgent twist, drizzle some chocolate ganache on top of your serving slices.

For those who don’t like coffee or want to try something different, you can substitute coffee with black tea or green tea. Alternatively, you could try other flavors such as chai spice or pumpkin pie spice.

If you would like a cake with fewer calories and sugar, reduce the sugar intake by 1/4 cup or replace it with natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or stevia.

Lastly, to give your cake some extra nutrition boost and an interesting texture change. You can add raisins or chopped dates into the batter. This will keep your cake moist and chewy while adding some fruity sweetness to it!

In conclusion, have fun experimenting with these substitutions and variations to make your best ever gluten-free walnut cake!

Serving and Pairing

 The best part of this cake is that it's free of gluten, dairy, and guilt!
The best part of this cake is that it’s free of gluten, dairy, and guilt!

Now that you’ve baked this indulgent treat, it’s time to enjoy it! The gluten-free walnut cake is excellent on its own or paired with other desserts. To serve, you can cut the cake into small squares or generous wedges and sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

For an extra-decadent touch, consider serving this cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Not dairy-free, I know – but hey, life is all about balance! If you’re looking for a healthier option, try swapping dairy products with coconut whipped cream or vegan ice cream.

I also love to pair this gluten-free cake with a warm cup of coffee or tea. The combination of the aromatic and nutty cake with the bitter sweetness of coffee or the relaxing flavor of tea fills my senses with delight every time.

Looking to level up your dessert presentation? Try garnishing with some chopped walnuts or fresh berries like raspberries or blueberries to add color and enhance the texture contrast between silky-smooth cake and crunchy walnuts.

With its irresistible texture and mouth-watering flavors, this gluten-free walnut cake makes an excellent addition to any dessert table or afternoon treat. Whatever way you choose to enjoy it, make sure to savor each bite and appreciate the deliciousness that comes from using wholesome and fresh ingredients in your baking endeavors. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 With a golden crust on top and a soft center, this cake is a feast for the senses.
With a golden crust on top and a soft center, this cake is a feast for the senses.

One of the best things about this gluten-free walnut cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later. This makes it a great choice for busy weekdays, last-minute dinner parties, or as a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

To store the cake, let it cool completely and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. It will last for up to three days at room temperature or up to a week when stored in the refrigerator.

When it’s time to serve, simply take the cake out of the fridge an hour beforehand to allow it to come to room temperature. You may even find that the flavors have intensified after being stored for a few days.

As for reheating, you can either warm it up in the microwave or oven. If using a microwave, place a slice on a microwavable plate and heat it up for 10-15 seconds until warm. For the oven method, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and cover the cake with foil to prevent over-browning. Reheat for about 5-10 minutes or until warm throughout.

Just remember not to leave it in the oven too long as over-baking may dry out the cake. By following these storage and reheating tips, your gluten-free walnut cake will be just as fresh and delicious as when you first made it – maybe even better!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A slice of this cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It
A slice of this cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It

Making a perfect walnut cake requires attention to detail and following the recipe precisely. Here are some tips to ensure your gluten-free and dairy-free walnut cake recipe turns out perfectly every time.

First and foremost, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature. This is especially important for the eggs as they will emulsify better when they are not cold. Take the eggs out of the refrigerator at least an hour before you start baking.

Another tip is to use high-quality ingredients, particularly when it comes to the walnuts. Freshly ground walnuts produce a rich, nutty flavor that can elevate your cake to a whole new level.

When measuring flour or any dry ingredient, use a kitchen scale instead of measuring cups whenever possible for more precise measurements. This is particularly helpful in gluten-free baking, where more precise measurements can make a big difference in how the cake turns out.

When mixing the batter, be careful not to overmix it as this will make your cake tough and dry. Mix until all of the ingredients are just combined and then stop.

Adding ground cinnamon or vanilla essence to the batter will add extra flavors and aromas to your cake. Be sure not to go overboard with these additions as too much can overpower your other flavors.

For an extra special touch, you can also decorate your walnut cake with some fresh fruit or whipped cream. Fresh figs go particularly well with walnut cake!

Lastly, remember that practice makes perfect. Don’t get discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t come out exactly as you want it; baking is an art form that takes time to master. Keep experimenting with different recipes and techniques until you find what works best for you!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free walnut cake recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to indulge in a delicious, healthy dessert. With its unique blend of ingredients and easy preparation process, this recipe is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more. The use of xanthan gum, potato starch, and cornstarch helps to bind the cake together without the need for gluten, making it an ideal option for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

Not only is this recipe gluten-free, but it’s also dairy-free which means that those who are lactose intolerant can still enjoy it without any discomfort. The addition of coffee and ground cinnamon adds a delicious depth of flavor that complements the richness of the walnuts perfectly.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I can confidently say that this recipe is one of the best walnut cake recipes out there. Its versatility allows for various substitutions and variations to suit any taste or occasion. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat for your next birthday party or simply craving a moist slice of cake, this recipe will not disappoint!

Lastly, don’t forget to pair your walnut cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea for the ultimate indulgence experience. You can also top it with fresh figs or whip up some chocolate frosting to make it even more decadent. Give it a try today and discover why this cake has become an instant favorite among gluten-free and dairy-free dessert enthusiasts!

Walnut Cake (Gluten Free)

Walnut Cake (Gluten Free) Recipe

This is a simple walnut cake, similar to a pound cake, I think. The milk can be dairy or non dairy, any kind works.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 353.6 kcal


  • 200 g butter, softened
  • 125 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g rice flour
  • 100 g cornstarch
  • 50 g potato starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 300 g walnuts, ground
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (200 C).
  • Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and milk.
  • Combine flours, baking powder, xanthan and ground walnuts.
  • Stir into wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into greased pound cake tin and bake at 390 degrees about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool a bit before removing from tin.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.

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Serving: 82gCalories: 353.6kcalCarbohydrates: 31.9gProtein: 5.5gFat: 23.7gSaturated Fat: 8.1gCholesterol: 62.7mgSodium: 176.6mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 8.5g
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