Simple Pleasures

I honestly don’t have much to say about this cake. I would rather it speak for itself.



I am delighted that this cake can be summed up in five words: dense, moist, sweet, light, perfect.



I hope this recipe pleases you as much as it does me. It is based on a traditional almond cake or torta that is popular in Italy. I always love the combination of sweet and savoury and the fusion of lemon thyme is balanced perfectly.

All thats need to be done now is to make a cup of tea, sit down with a good book and relax. You could also dress up the cake with fresh fruit, strawberries or raspberries would compliment it nicely, perhaps with a dollop of whipped cream on the side too.

Lemon Thyme Cake
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Serves: 8-10 Servings
  • 1½ Cups almond flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Eggs, yolk and white divided at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp lemon zest, plus some for garnish
  • 4 Tbsp fresh or dry thyme leaves, plus some for garnish
  • ¼ Cup honey
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice or cider vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 9-inch pan.
  2. In a bowl mix the flour and baking powder together.
  3. In a large bowl beat the egg yolks, lemon zest, thyme and honey together.
  4. Add in the flour and combine until smooth. The batter will be sticky and thick.
  5. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer beat the egg whites. Once bubbles form add in a pinch of salt and lemon juice. Beat whites until soft peaks form.
  6. Gently fold the white into the batter, one large spoonful at a time. Take your time, it will be tricky at first but once you keep adding more in it will become lighter.
  7. Pour batter into pan, sprinkle with a few thyme leave and bake in oven for 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan, then transfer to cake plate. Garnish and serve.
  9. Cake will keep for a few days in a sealed container in a cool place, do not refrigerate or it will become too hard.


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    1. Thyme is definitely a un-sung herb, unless you need it specifically. I agree that it is good in salads, I often add different herbs to my salads. The sweet and savoury flavour of the cake is sure to impress anyone, particularly when you tell them there is thyme in it!. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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