A Lemon Raspberry Almond Cake to Celebrate Sunshine (Grain and Gluten-Free!)

This is a new favorite.

By Camille Styles
Photography Michelle Nash
grain free lemon raspberry cake

This lemon raspberry almond cake has a secret ingredient: whole milk ricotta makes it light, fluffy, and (I’m just gonna say it) extremely moist. Many of you know that I’ve been on a gut-healing, grain-free journey that’s led me down a new path of discovering all the delicious baked goods that use almond flour, coconut flour, and cassava flour. Yes, swapping in these alt-flours requires some know-how (and I’ve had a few fails along the way), but this cake proves I’m not sacrificing a single ounce of deliciousness. Because even if you’re eating grain or gluten-free, I believe that everyone should be able to fully indulge.

This delicious cake checks all the boxes, and that whole milk ricotta is what makes it feel especially decadent—the consistency is fluffy and bordering on custardy. It’s the perfect cake to serve on Mother’s Day or a special birthday dinner, but it’s light and simple enough to make for any weeknight evening al fresco.

Read on to see how this grain-free lemon raspberry cake comes together—I have a feeling it might become a springtime favorite. (And while we’re on the topic, don’t miss my salted chocolate gluten-free cake recipe, too!)

fork taking a bite of a grain free lemon raspberry cake with whipped cream on top

Why Grain-Free?

A Healthier Choice

Going grain-free might seem like a fad, but for many (self included), it’s a decision driven by gut health issues. Whether it’s due to gluten intolerance, celiac disease, or a desire to reduce inflammation, many people find a grain-free way of life to be supportive to their health and energy levels. The good news is that by opting for almond, coconut, or another gluten-free flour, you’re making a recipe more nutrient-dense—which means this is a plus for anyone regardless of diet.

The Almond Flour Advantage

The almond flour used here, for instance, is high in protein, vitamin E, and healthy fats, contributing not only to the nutritional value of this cake but also giving it a rich, nutty taste that infuses it with so much flavor.

woman taking a bite of cake
grain free cake with lemon almonds and raspberries

Star Ingredient: Whole Milk Ricotta

Why this cake is so fluffy and moist

The secret to this cake’s incredible texture is whole milk ricotta. It gives a level of moisture and richness that is hard to achieve with other ingredients. And it’s what gives our lemon raspberry almond cake its distinctive, pudding-like consistency that you won’t find in traditional cakes.

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon
  • Whole Milk Ricotta
  • Almond Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Sliced Almonds
slice of raspberry cake with whipped cream on top and fork going in

Serving and Storage Tips

Perfect Pairings

Serve this cake with a dollop of whipped cream and a few fresh raspberries. For a more decadent treat, drizzle with a simple lemon glaze.

Keep It Fresh

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. This cake tastes every bit as good the next day, as the flavors really meld together.


This grain-free lemon raspberry almond cake is a testament to how delicious gluten-free baking cake can be. Whether you’re serving it for a special occasion or a simple family dinner, everyone at the table can take pleasure in such a gorgeous, seasonal treat. Scroll on for the recipe, and if you make it, be sure to rate and review. Enjoy!

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Grain-Free Lemon Raspberry Almond Cake

  • Author: Camille Styles
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings


This grain-free lemon raspberry almond cake is a true celebration of spring. Whole milk ricotta makes it super moist and fluffy.


  • 4 large eggs, separated, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup frozen raspberries (divided)

  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8” or 9” round springform pan with oil or butter. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar into the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg yolks, remaining ½ cup sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and ricotta until smooth. Add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir together.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks. 
  4. With a spatula, fold the egg whites into the other ingredients, until incorporated. Fold in 1 cup of the frozen berries.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Scatter remaining berries over top, followed by almonds. Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 45 minutes, until it’s golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the sides, then turn the cake out onto a serving plate.
  7. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries. Eat!

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Cake, dessert

Keywords: Gluten-free cake, grain-free cake, grain-free berry cake, grain-free lemon cake, paleo cake

Comments (6)

  1. Dalia Bendgi says:

    What can I use instead of ricotta? I don’t like cheese of any kind.

    1. Casey McKee says:

      You could try swapping sour cream or plain greek yogurt, but we haven’t tested with these swaps!

  2. Cathy says:

    Absolutely delicious! So light and fluffy and just a little bit sweet. Made with frozen mixed berries. So flavourful. Thank you!

  3. Heidi Nguyen says:

    I skipped the sugar and substituted for erythritol & monk fruit sugar, it came out perfect. Next time I will leaved more blueberries on the top hope it will sink out slowly. Thank you so much.

  4. Sue says:

    I’m about to try baking it today. I want to make 2 to bring into work. Since it is described as custard like I’m assuming I will not be able to get it off of the bottom of the spring form pan. Will have to bring it ON that? Just trying to figure out. . . . I have 2 spring form pans of different sizes. May have to play with the baking time. Wishing I could get it off the metal bottom in order to bake the 2nd one in the same size. Could I bake in a regular cake pan using a parchment round on the bottom?

  5. CK says:

    This came out delish! It was a big hit at our 14 person Seder. Every ingredient and even the exact time baked made a perfect cake— and I’m usually not a great baker.

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