Now there aren’t a lot of cakes you can make as a healthy dessert and still have it taste good somehow. Zucchini cakes and all that? No. I mean you can’t just make a cake with vegetables and call it the same thing, that’s not okay. So instead of substituting unhealthy ingredients, just make a cake with healthy ingredients, like the IKEA Almond cake recipe.

Let’s make it shall we!

IKEA Almond Cake Recipe

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 12
Calories 171 kcal


To make the almond sponge

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

To make the almond cream

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp dry milk powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

For the Garnish

  • 1/2 cup almond flakes


To make the almond sponge

  • Preheat oven to 350F or 177C
  • Line 2 6” inch round pans with parchment paper and grease lightly
  • Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and place them both in separate bowls
  • In a mixing bowl, add the egg whites 
  • Whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until it starts to become foamy
  • Now add the cream of tartar and continue whisking
  • Gradually add the sugar and whisk until stiff peaks begin to form and it looks glossy
  • Stop whisking 
  • Now add the almond flour and fold it into the egg white meringue until incorporated
  • Transfer the batter into the round pans, carefully dividing into the 2 pans
  • Place the pans into the oven and bake for 20-25mins
  • To check, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake if it comes out clean, it’s done baking
  • Once baked, take out the pans and place them on a cooling rack to cool

To make the almond cream

  • In a glass bowl add the egg yolks you separated earlier
  • Also add the sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and milk powder
  • Whisk everything until incorporated
  • Now take a medium saucepan and place it in medium heat
  • Add the heavy whipping cream to the saucepan and heat it up
  • Once the cream is hot, add it to the egg yolk mixture while whisking simultaneously
  • Now add the whole concoction back into the saucepan
  • Continue whisking for 8-10mins until the mixture begins to thicken
  • Once thick, remove from heat and add the butter to it and mix it in
  • Transfer it to a bowl and place it in the refrigerator for 6 hours
  • After 6 hours, take it out of the refrigerator and transfer it to a mixing bowl
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk the cream until it appears lighter (2-3mins)

To assemble

  • Cut each cake into equal halves
  • Take one half of the cake and scoop some of the almond cream onto it and spread it
  • Place the other half of the cake on top and repeat the process until all 4 layers are coated with the almond cream
  • Add the almond flakes on top and on the sides
  • Place the cake in the refrigerator and chill for 6-8 hours 
  • Serve while frozen and chilled!
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Now wasn’t that simple! Healthy eating or not, who doesn’t love cake? I know I do. One of the things I miss the most on my clean-eating journey has ought to be cake. Be it a joy cake or a dacquoise cake, I love them all.  I mean what’s better than cutting a slice of cake for yourself as a personal reward at the end of the day? Yep, you guessed it. Nothing. 

Almond flour and almond milk are some of my go-to ingredients when making a healthy dessert (or non-desserts! I even made mac and cheese with it!). So when I tried the almondy cake at IKEA, a recreation just had to happen. Layers of almond sponge cake, sweet cream, and almond flakes, this cake is meant to be your next favorite.

Love Almond Desserts? Try These Too!

If you want to try more desserts using almonds, here are some we love:

  • How about some Almond custard to lighten the mood
  • If you love pies and almonds, then this is the recipe to go for, the Almond sweet cream pie
  • For cheese cake lovers, there’s nothing as good a creamy textured cheese cake, add almonds and you have the Almond cheesecake cone, delicious!
  • If you’re looking for something cold and sweet for the summers, nothing beats the Almond burfi
  • And the one dessert to beat them all, the ice cream! Add some almond ingredients and you have the tasty Almond ice cream

And that’s it! Enjoy your guilt-free dessert and let us know how you like it. Happy baking!