I’ve been promising–at least on Instagram, to share the gluten-free version of my Winemakers Cake (see original recipe here). It’s all I’ve been making lately because it’s super easy and fast to prepare, looks nice when serving to guests, and I especially love that it’s gluten- and dairy-free since I avoid both most of the time. In fact, I like the gluten-free version so much that I’ve been favoring it over the original recipe on most occasions. The crumb seems a bit more delicate even though the gluten-free version doesn’t rise as much as the original recipe.
My local grocer keeps stocking Thomson grapes, too, which is the preferred grape for this cake, and it really feels like an “Indian Summer” dessert–lightly sweet, not too rich or heavy and using the fruit of the season.
If you haven’t already tried this recipe, please do. I know you will love it–especially how easy it is.
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk or good-quality almond milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp almond extract
10 oz (about 1-1/2 cups) small, purple grapes**
Confectioners sugar for garnish (optional)
*I like to use Bob’s Red Mill “1 to 1 All-Purpose Gluten-free flour.”
**Thomson or Thomcord grapes work the best because they’re small and jammy in flavor. I’m sure this cake would taste delicious with other varieties, but I would avoid using the more common green or red grapes.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow in color, about 3 minutes. Add the oil, non-dairy milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and mix until blended.
In a medium-size bowl, mix the flours, baking powder and salt until thoroughly blended. Add the lemon zest, and toss to coat. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until blended. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flour to absorb the liquids.
Stir 1 cup of the grapes into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out the top using a spatula or back of a spoon.
Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 15 minutes before sprinkling the remaining grapes over the top of the cake. Bake for an additional 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, and the cake has a nice light golden color.
Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife along the sides before releasing the removing the side of the springform pan. Serve at room temperature with a dusting of confectioners sugar. You can store the cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days.