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Lemon Almond Cake Recipe (Paleo)

This paleo Lemon Almond Cake Recipe has a dense, but moist and tender crumb, and is sweetly aromatic with vanilla and lemon.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 260kcal




  • Butter ghee, or coconut oil, for the pan
  • Almond meal or almond flour for the pan
  • Coconut “whipped cream” or regular whipped cream for serving (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter an 8-inch springform pan and add a sprinkling of almond meal; rotate the pan around to coat the inside and tap out any excess.
  • Use a handheld electric mixer to beat the egg whites in a large bowl until they form stiff peaks; set aside for now.
  • In a separate large bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla bean paste, almond extract, and lemon zest about 3 minutes, or until it’s pale-colored and falls off the beats in thick ribbons.
  • Add the almond meal, salt, and baking powder to the wet ingredients all at once and stir to combine (the batter will be very thick at this point).
  • Add 1/4 of the egg whites and stir to fully incorporate them. Add the remaining egg whites 1/4 at a time, stirring the batter with a rubber spatula only in 1 direction and being careful not to over-mix. (Seeing some streaks of egg whites is better than over-mixing.)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until it’s golden and feels springy to the touch, about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not over-bake.
  • Cool completely; serve with a dollop of coconut “whipped cream” or regular whipped cream if desired.


  • You can use almond flour instead of almond meal in this recipe. If you do, your cake will be lighter in color.
  • Nutrition information was calculated without the optional dollop of coconut “whipped cream” or regular whipped cream.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg