Apple and Almond flowery cake – butter free recipe

Yesterday I made a cake without any idea of what I was going to make. I used some ingredients I had in the cupboard and let my creativity do the job.

I must say that following a recipe is not my forte. I cannot cope with “set ingredients”, that will just take away all the creativity and the joy of baking your own cakes.

Yes, sometimes cakes don’t turn out as you expected, but then you learn for the next time and as you gain experience you will have more of an idea of quantities and combination of ingredients.

As I had no butter in the fridge I ground some almonds and added them to the mixture. They contain vegetable oils which give a good and moist texture to cakes  which can replace butter or oil.

Baking without recipes is pure therapy for me. The final result was interesting. I created a butter free apple and almond cake and I decorated it with almond flakes which had been lurking in the cupboard ready to be used. Almond flakes can make pretty flowery decorations which are delicious too!

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes


  • ground almonds – 150 g
  • sugar – 150 g
  • self raising flour – 100 g
  • large apples – 3
  • eggs – 5
  • vanilla extract – 1 tbsp
  • the zest of one lemon unwaxed
  • a drop of liquor (like rum)
  • almond flakes
  • icing sugar
  • desiccated coconut flakes
  • sugary pearls or round chocolate crispies


Whip the yolks with 3/4 of the sugar until pale and creamy then add the lemon zest, flour, ground almonds, vanilla extract and liquor.

Peel the apples, slice them and add them to the mixture

Whip the egg whites with the remaining sugar and gently incorporate them to the mixture as well

Stir well until you get a creamy texture

Cook the cake at 150C for 40 minutes. When it is cooked let it cool down and spread some apricot or orange jam over it

Decorate with flaked almonds to resemble flower’s petals; with round chocolate crispies or sugary pearls you can make the stamen. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and a little dust of icing sugar.

Et voila’! A happy flowery cake for you!


10 thoughts on “Apple and Almond flowery cake – butter free recipe

  1. Dear Alida, The is a beautiful cake. Your presentation is simply beautiful.
    I like that you use your imagination and create with the ingredients you have. That is the way our mothers and grandmothers cooked too and everything was delicious.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo


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