Gluten-Free Lemon Olive-Oil Cake

gluten free lemon olive oil cake

Gluten and dairy-laden cakes wish they could be as moist and tender as this spectacularly spongy, grain-free gluten free lemon olive oil cake. Feel free to substitute other citrus zest and juice, such as Meyer lemon, tangerine, or blood orange, and nibble slices plain with a cup of tea or dress them up with sugared strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream or coconut cream.

5 from 3 votes

Gluten-Free Lemon Olive-Oil Cake

MAKES 1 (9-INCH) The cake can be made a few days ahead—it gets better and better as it sits. Store airtight at cool room temperature for 1 day or refrigerated up to 4 days.
Author Alanna Taylor-Tobin


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, at room temperature, for greasing
  • 1/2 cup flavorful extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1/4 cup strained fresh lemon juice
  • 4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

For Serving (Optional):

  • Powdered sugar
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream or coconut cream
  • Fresh berries tossed with sugar


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 325F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan or deep cake pan with the coconut oil. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment. If using a springform pan, place on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, 1⁄2 cup of the sugar, the lemon zest and juice, and the egg yolks. Sift in the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (or in a bowl with an electric egg beater), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium- high speed until foamy. With the mixer running, gradually add the remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar and whip until the egg whites are shiny and hold firm peaks when you hold the whip upside down. Fold one-third of the whipped egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining whipped whites. Transfer to the prepared pan and smooth the top.

  4. Bake until deep golden on top and beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan and the top springs back when pressed lightly, 40 to 45 minutes. If the cake is darkening too quickly, tent with aluminum foil.

  5. Let cool slightly, then loosen the edges with a small offset spatula and release the sides if using a springform pan. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, peel away the parchment, then turn right side up and let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, cut into wedges, and serve with cream and berries.

Photography Alanna Taylor-Tobin.

11 Comments on “Gluten-Free Lemon Olive-Oil Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Aaaahmazing!! Making this the second time round as yesterday’s attempt ended up eaten in about 12.74 mins

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is divine! Followed it perfectly and got the most moist and flavorful cake! Instead of whipped cream I made a glaze with powdered sugar and leftover lemon juice, drizzled it on top. 10/10 will make this again.

  3. Hi! Try replacing it with an equal substitution of lemon juice or baking powder and let us know how it goes!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good! I used lemon juice in place of the cream of tartar, and monkfruit in place of the sugar. It tasted amazing! No one could tell it was gluten or grain free! I also added some kumquat jam I had made to it right before putting it in the oven, and it made the flavors pop. So yummy!

  5. Omg! So, so good! I’ve made this twice now. Enjoying for my 42nd birthday w/ coconut whipped cream & cherries on top. Today dusted w/ powdered sugar. My kids absolutely adore this cake & like to help make it. Thanks for a delicious recipe

  6. This cake is amazing!! Do you push down the almond flour to measure it by any chance? Thank you!

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