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Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cake

This Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cake is the ultimate gluten free pumpkin dessert ~ it's like a cross between a pumpkin cake and a pumpkin pie ~ denser than cake, lighter than pie, it's the goldilocks of pumpkin desserts.  Did I mention this luxurious treat is fat free as well? 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup or 220 grams granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces or 340 grams canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 cups or 344 grams almond meal or almond flour
  • confectioner's sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom, or a springform pan.
  • Whisk or beat together the eggs and sugar, then beat in the pumpkin, baking powder, and spices. I do this in my food processor, but you don't have to. Just make sure the eggs and sugar are well combined.
  • Fold in the almond flour. Turn the batter into your pan, and smooth it out with an offset spatula so that the surface is completely flat and even.
  • Place your pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (it will be moist, but no wet batter clinging to it.) Don't over bake this cake.
  • Let cool on a rack and then remove from the pan. Dust with confectioner's sugar, or decorate with a lace pattern (see post for specific directions.)

Notes

I recommend almond flour for this cake. You can also use almond meal, which is a little coarser, but the texture of the cake will be rougher. You can also make your own almond flour by grinding raw or blanched almonds in a high speed blender or food processor, but that will also yield a rougher texture. Not necessarily a bad thing, but be aware.
*See the post for details on how to make your own almond flour, and how to decorate this cake with a powdered sugar lace pattern.