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Flourless Pear, Almond, and Cardamom Cake

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This Nordic and French-inspired flourless pear, almond, and cardamom cake is a serious crowd-pleaser. Gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Pure bliss. That is how I feel about this cake.

I just can’t get enough of it. Perhaps this is because it’s made up of some of my favorite ingredients: pears, almonds, and cardamom. But it’s also about how these ingredients come together to form a tender, pastry-like cake that is sweet on the palate and visually stunning for the eyes.

Nourishing Holiday Dessert

While I have grown to enjoy cooking, I’m a baker at heart. I love precisely measuring and then mixing together a variety of ingredients, letting the oven work some magic, and voila! So I was super excited to create a simple dessert for the holiday table.

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I’m not one to label food as healthy or unhealthy–food is food. However, with ingredients such as almonds, eggs, and coconut oil, this pear, almond, and cardamom cake is quite nourishing. It’s also nice because it yields very thin slices that call out to be savored.

I have served this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and all the parties in between. It’s always a hit.

This gluten-free and dairy-free almond, pear and cardamom cake is pure bliss! Share on X


Because it’s free of dairy, peanuts, and gluten, this cake is also allergy-friendly for many. If you aren’t dairy-free you could use regular butter in this recipe instead of coconut oil. In fact, I adapted this recipe from a Boston Globe recipe–Flourless apple-almond pie-cake by Ingrid Lysgaard–which used good old butter.

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Special Ingredient Spotlight: Almond Paste

The key to the simplicity of this cake is the almond paste. Almond paste is a Scandinavian product that can be purchased in most major supermarkets. My favorite is the Odense brand. Using almond paste saves you the step of combining finely ground almonds and sugar into a paste.

Overall, this cake is quite simple to make. Just be sure to use a food processor (this is the one I have) to really combine the almond paste, coconut oil, and eggs. (I tried with a standing mixer first and that definitely did not work!)

I hope you give this recipe a try. Let me know what you think!

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Flourless Pear, Almond, and Cardamom Cake

This flourless pear, almond, and cardamom cake is pure bliss. Simple to make and suitable for both gluten-free and dairy-free diets, it makes a stunning dessert! Serve on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream (use coconut cream if dairy-free). Enjoy!
(If not dairy-free you could sub butter for coconut oil!)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Scandinavian
Servings 8


  • coconut oil
  • 7 ounces almond paste
  • tablespoons coconut oil, melted, divided
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom + more for sprinkling on top
  • teaspoon salt
  • medium pears
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Confectioners sugar (for dusting on top before serving)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9 or 10-inch pie pan with coconut oil.
  • Crumble almond paste into a food processor. Add 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of melted coconut oil and process until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time while processing. Add the cardamom and salt and continue to process until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pie pan. Use a spatula to get it all out and then spread batter evenly around pan.
  • Slice the pears into halves and then thin slices. Place the slices in a circular pattern on the batter. They can overlap, but don't let them touch the edge of the pan.
  • Brush the tops of the pears with the remaining coconut oil and sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle on the sliced almonds and a little extra cardamom if desired.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes (10-inch pan) or 40-45 minutes (9-inch pan), or until firm to touch and golden brown. Let cool before dusting with powdered sugar.


Serving suggestions:
Whipped cream or coconut whipped cream if non-dairy.
Keyword almonds, cardamom, dairy-free, gluten-free
This gluten-free and dairy-free pear, almond & cardamom cake is pure bliss. Perfect for holiday gatherings and entertaining, it can be made the day before or even weeks before and frozen. Best of all, no fancy baking knowledge required, just a food processor, almond paste, and a close watch on the oven while it bakes. Enjoy!Pin


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