Lemon Almond Cake with Chocolate Strawberry Port Wine Sauce

by Jenn on June 1, 2009

in Dairy Free,Desserts,Gluten Free,Wine

GF Lemon Almond Cake

My husband and I were both super excited when Starbucks came out with their gluten free orange cake, and since then have indulged in many more :)  However, my father in law can’t have oranges due to the crazy number of allergies he has developed along with his gluten issues, and I wanted to create a similar cake for him to enjoy.  I came across this recipe for homemade Starbucks GF orange cake, and after some motivational encouragement from Elana over twitter, decided to try it out using lemons instead.  The result came out great.  Instead of using 2 oranges, I used 3 lemons.  The result was probably not as sweet as the original cake since lemons tend to be quite a bit more tart, and so to make up for that rather than play with the recipe much I just decided to create a sweet tasty sauce to serve on top that I thought would contrast and thus complement the lemon cake well.

Thus started a 4 hr long labor of love that I think is going to have to become my signature dessert sauce – chocolate strawberry port wine sauce!  Good for you all, I like to share my food and recipes because I believe others should be able to make yummy food too – if I were a recipe hoarder, this would totally be my secret sauce :) I may still work on it to get it more perfect, but as simple as this sauce is, it comes pretty close.  And you can use it on anything!  Waffles, crepes, ice cream, brownies, just spoonfuls for random dessert cravings, I am still coming up with ideas :)

When my husband tasted this, he said each flavor came out in your mouth – first the strawberry, then the chocolate, and finally the subtle port, and yet still all at once.  Magic.  This sauce is pure magic.  And if you have the time to devote to it, it is so worth it.  And it works awesome on GF lemon cake, because like I have been saying, strawberries and lemons were meant to be married with each other.  I can’t wait til it becomes raspberry season later this summer and I can try this again with raspberries! I see so much potential for this sauce, it is great.  It will definitely find a home in my regular repertoire.

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Beautiful Mess June 1, 2009 at 5:20 am

That looks really yummy! Can you come over to my house and teach me how to cook, like THAT?! I’m fairly competent at boring recipes but if it’s fancy, count me out! Although I really want to know how to cook fancy things!
So buy a ticket to Oregon and you may leave in a week. I’m sure your husband and your boss won’t mind at all ;o)


brannyboilsover June 1, 2009 at 5:45 am

And thus a “cook” becomes a “chef.” Congrats!


Ellie June 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

What an elegant dessert!


elly June 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm

This sounds like one delicious sauce! I can only imagine how great all the flavors taste together.


Linda June 2, 2009 at 12:17 am

Sounds and looks delicious. I’m glad you experimented and came up with something your father in law could enjoy. We like lemon desserts so I might give the lemon version a try.


Alexandra September 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi – has the lemon almond cake recipe been removed? I only find the recipe for the sauce!


Jenn September 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

In the headnotes of this post contains a description of the cake, a link to the original recipe, and what changes I made to it. I did not republish Elana’s recipe as I didn’t sufficiently modify it to call it my own – it really is her cake, and found on her blog :)


Alexandra September 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

thanks for the speedy reply!
Enjoy this last bit of summer (if you’ve got it too) – Veneto is cooling by Monday. Cheers


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