Gluten-Free Lemon Cake

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A gluten-free version of a lemon/orange cake.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
1 9-inch round cake


  • 1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder


  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons margarine

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate

  • ½ lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. Blend garbanzo beans, sugar, egg yolks, lemon zest, 1/2 lemon juice, lemon juice concentrate, orange extract, and vanilla extract together in a food processor until smooth. Stir baking powder into bean mixture.

  3. Whip egg whites together in a bowl using an electric mixer or a whisk until stiff. Fold bean mixture into egg whites. Gently pour batter into the prepared cake pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes, then carefully run a knife along the bottom of the pan to release cake and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. While cake finishes cooling, heat sugar, margarine, lemon juice concentrate, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

Cook's Note:

To make an orange-flavored cake (helps to mask the bean flavor) substitute orange extract for lemon concentrate and a real orange for the real lemon (including the zest).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
6g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 147mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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