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A round almond and cinnamon cake topped with flaked almonds.

Almond and cinnamon cake

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2.88 stars based on 33 ratings

This is a Mauritian inspired recipe from the MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo. It is a deliciously moist cake, which is gluten and dairy free and uses Billington’s sugar for an extra delicious taste.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:8
  • Skill level:easy

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For the cake

  • 5 5 Egg(s) (free range) medium
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Almonds (ground)
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 15g ½ oz Cinnamon
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Almonds (flaked)
  • 15ml ½ fl oz Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract

For the decoration

  • Icing sugar for sprinkling (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
  • Cinnamon stick(s)

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Grease and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Using 2 bowls, separate the eggs placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 5 5 Egg(s) (free range) medium
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Using an electric handheld or freestanding mixer, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Whisk together the yolks, vanilla extract and sugar until completely pale and aerated.

    Ingredients for this step

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Slowly fold in the ground almonds and the cinnamon into the egg yolk mixture, being careful not to lose any air.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Almonds (ground)
    • 15g ½ oz Cinnamon
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Next slowly add the egg white mixture, carefully folding in after each addition so you don’t lose any of the air in the mixture.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Pour into the lined cake tin and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50g 1⅞ oz Almonds (flaked)
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Place in the oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Once the cake is completely cooled, remove from the tin and place onto a cake stand, sprinkle with icing sugar and decorate with some broken cinnamon sticks in the centre.

    Ingredients for this step