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Vanilla Almond Tea Cake


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Everyone needs an easy and pretty vanilla cake in his or her repertoire. This Vanilla Almond Tea Cake is buttery and just sweet enough; no frosting or glaze needed.

We think of it as an old-fashioned butter cake made extra pretty in a decorative ring mold.

A beautiful almond butter cake in a swirl bundt pan pattern sprinkled with powdered sugar on a green milk glass plate.

Lots of Topping Options

A sprinkling of powdered sugar is an option, but you will love this plain as well; try it toasted for breakfast. Some of our images show it served with Roasted Strawberries and Whipped Cream.

Powdered sugar generously being sifted over a Vanilla Almond Cake.
Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar over your cake- using a fine-meshed strainer. Not need for fancy tools.
A beautiful swirl patterned Vanilla Almond Cake served with roasted strawberries and freshly whipped cream.
Serve your cake with roasted strawberries and freshly whipped cream. Yum!!!

Choose a Shape for your Pan

The gorgeous shape comes courtesy of your choice of pan. We used the Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan but any 10-cup (2.4 L) volume heavy ring-shaped pan will work. We think our Vanilla Almond Tea Cake is even better when made in a gorgeous pan!

Vanilla Almond Tea Cake cooling in bundt pan
Cool your Vanilla Almond Tea Cake completely before removing from the bundt pan.

Our Vanilla Almond Tea Cake Get’s Better with Age!

We like this cake for brunch parties; not only does it play nice with other sweet as well as savory items on your buffet but it actually improves with age.

Make it 2 to 3 days ahead and the crumb tightens, the flavors meld and improve and it actually becomes more uniformly moist.

Vanilla Almond Tea Cake looking moist and densely delicious 3 days after baking.
3 days later this cake is even more moist and densely delicious!

FODMAP Information

All recipes are based upon Monash University & FODMAP Friendly science at time of initial publication.

  • Almond Meal: Monash University has tested almond meal (ground almonds) and states that a low FODMAP serving size is ¼ cup or 24 g.
  • Butter: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested butter. Monash states that a low FODMAP Green Light portion is 1 tablespoon or 19 g and also states that “butter is high in fat and does not contain carbohydrates (FODMAPs)”. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 tablespoon or 19 g. Both recommended serving sizes are presented as part of healthy eating guidelines, not as maximum FODMAP serving size. Fat can affect guy motility and trigger IBS symptoms in some people. Eat to your tolerance.
  • Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and do not contain carbohydrates, according to Monash University.
  • Lactose-Free Dairy: Lactose-free dairy, such as lactose-free milk or lactose-free cream cheese, has lactase enzyme added that breaks the disaccharide molecules and creates a more digestible dairy product, from a lactose perspective. The resulting product is not dairy-free, but it is lactose-free. Some products might have miniscule amounts of lactose remaining, but the amount is small enough for the product to be labeled as lactose-free. For instance, Breyers Lactose-Free Vanilla Ice Cream states it is 99% lactose-free, while Lactaid Vanilla Ice Cream states it is 100% lactose-free. 
  • Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both lab tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is ¼ cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine. As the fructose is never in excess of the glucose, white sugar will never be high FODMAP, even in large amounts.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. Foods will be retested from time to time; in the case of raw ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables, results may vary. All lab tested results are valid and represent a snapshot in time. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

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Vanilla Almond Tea Cake

This Vanilla Almond Tea Cake can be made in any 10-cup (2.4 L) Bundt or decorative ring shaped pan. It works well on its own, with fruit and or whipped cream on the side and packs well. We even like it better 2 or 3 days after it is baked.

Makes: 18 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 1 1/2 cups (218 g) low FODMAP gluten-free all-purpose flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (144 g) finely ground almond flour, made from blanched almonds, such as King Arthur
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder, use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons, (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons; 141 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups (297 g) sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (65 ml) lactose free whole milk, at room temperature


  1. Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C. Coat the insides of a 10-cup (2.4 L) ring shaped pan generously with nonstick spray; set aside.

  2. Whisk together flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum in a medium bowl to combine and aerate; set aside.

  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar gradually and beat until very lightened. This will take several minutes and the mixture will remain somewhat sugary. Scrape down the bowl once or twice during mixing. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down after each addition, allowing each egg to be absorbed before continuing. The mixture should look creamy at this point.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternately with the milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture and beat very briefly just until smooth. Scrape batter into pan and smooth top with a small offset spatula.
  6. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until a bamboo skewer inserted in the middle shows a few moist crumbs clinging. The cake will be golden brown and also spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Cool pan on rack for 15 minutes. Unmold directly on rack to cool completely.
  7. Cake is ready to serve or store at room temperature for up to 4 days wrapped well with plastic wrap. Do not refrigerate, as that will dry it out. We like this cake best 2 days after it is baked, so take advantage of this fact!


If You Can Tolerate

  • Fructans: If you have passed the fructan wheat Challenge you may use regular all-purpose flour. Use the same weight as given above for best results with this substitution. In this case you can also leave out the xanthan gum.
  • Lactose: If lactose and you get along, feel free to use conventional whole milk.
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.