Gluten Free Cherry Almond Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Loaf Recipe

Firstly, let me thank all of you for your lovely congrats on my three years of blogging. It has been such a joy but the biggest joy of all has been the people I have met, virtually and in person, through this wonderful medium. I cherish all my readers. But enough of the sappy stuff, let’s get to the winner!

I used one of those random number generator thingys and the winner is…

Jas of The Gluten Free Scallywag is the winner of a $200.00 gift card from! Congrats Jas – I hope this will help you fulfill a little of your wish list!

This is also the kick off of December’s Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten Free monthly event. Started by the lovely and oh so talented Naomi of Straight Into Bed Cakefree & Dried, this event is a monthly, theme based round up of glorious gluten-free food.

This year I am hosting and the theme is Family Traditions. Here’s what you do – write a post (linking back to this one) with a gluten-free recipe of your favorite Family Holiday Traditions, whatever that means to you, and send me an email at with a link to the post and a photo by December 27, 2010, I will do a round up at the end of the month. You don’t have to have a gluten-free blog to enter but the recipe MUST be gluten-free!

Like a lot of people, we get up early on Christmas morning and gather around the tree to open presents. It takes us hours! So of course we need sustenance to get us through until we gather for a big Christmas breakfast. I squeeze fresh orange juice (Santa always leaves oranges in our stockings), make coffee and tea and always, always have a gluten-free nut bread to nibble on during the present opening mayhem. I love this gluten-free Cherry Almond Loaf, it is so pretty and festive, studded with maraschino cherries and almonds and topped with a sweet glaze but most importantly, delicious! You can make it the day before leaving your morning free for other, more important things!

As a note, the gluten-free flours, starches and xanthan gum can be substituted with 2 cups of a good all purpose gluten-free flour.

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Gluten Free Cherry Almond Cake Recipe
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Gluten Free Cherry Almond Loaf Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 3204kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries – drained with the juice reserved
  • 1 cup superfine white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup superfine sweet rice flour
  • 1/3 cup millet flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca or potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter – at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Reserve 1 tablespoon of the reserved maraschino cherry juice for the glaze if you want a pretty pink glaze, this is not entirely necessary. Put the remaining cherry juice in a measuring cup and add enough water to make ½ cup of liquid. Dry the maraschino cherries on some paper toweling and chop roughly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, starch, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.
  • In an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes at medium high speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well. Turn the mixer to low, add half the flour mixture, then the juice then the remaining flour mixture. Mix just until blended. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure all the ingredients are combined. Fold in the cherries and almonds and pour into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 55- 65 minutes or until the top is starting to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 10 – 15 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. Loaf can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept refrigerated for up to 2 days at this point. If making ahead, let the loaf come to room temperature before glazing and serving.
  • Prepare the glaze by mixing the reserved tablespoon of cherry juice (if using), the lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar. It should be thick but pourable – adjust the consistancy with a little more sugar or lemon juice if needed. Drizzle over the top of the loaf and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cherry Almond Loaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3204 Calories from Fat 1179
% Daily Value*
Fat 131g202%
Saturated Fat 64g320%
Cholesterol 571mg190%
Sodium 653mg27%
Potassium 753mg22%
Carbohydrates 472g157%
Fiber 15g60%
Sugar 214g238%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 3310IU66%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 480mg48%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jeanine
    November 30, 2010

    Looks fantastic, Carol! My daughter would love it based on the colour alone. :)

  2. Jas.
    November 30, 2010

    weeeeee! Thanks carol can't wait to buy some goodies with the voucher (and make that gluten free loaf!)

  3. Joy
    November 30, 2010

    Oh, this is so pretty! Sounds lovely.

  4. Donna
    December 1, 2010

    This looks delicious! We always have something to nibble on while opening gifts as well. Look forward to the round up!

  5. Helene
    December 1, 2010

    That's a beautiful looking loaf.

  6. withoutadornment
    December 1, 2010

    That looks absolutely delish! I've gotten off the GAHIGF wagon in the last few months – I have the perfect recipe in mind to get back on it!

  7. Stephanie
    December 1, 2010

    Gorgeous! I can't wait to try it! What a great Christmas tradition :)

  8. Georgia
    December 2, 2010

    I can't wait to make this for my family this year! Thanks.

  9. The Short (dis)Order Cook
    December 2, 2010

    That looks yummy. Cherries and almonds are always a winner together.

  10. Beth
    December 2, 2010

    This looks (and sounds) absolutely amazing! And such a beautiful photo! Can't wait to try (a version of) it! : )

  11. Diane-The WHOLE Gang
    December 2, 2010

    OK count me in. So what if our family's tradition is not to have traditions? I'm sure we have a lot that I'll just have to think about. I'm sure it revolves around chocolate!

  12. sea
    December 3, 2010

    What a beautiful loaf! I love the idea and some of my family members would love it too!I can't wait to think of a post for Go Ahead Honey… We're always coming up with new traditions, especially with food. :D-Sea

  13. Heidi @Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom
    December 3, 2010

    Absolutely stunning Carol, yummy!xo,Heidi

  14. Maggie
    December 3, 2010

    Can I come for Christmas morning? Presents, freshly squeezed oj, and this loaf! I already have something in the works so I'll be back by the 27th!

  15. Zoe
    December 4, 2010

    This looks stellar, Carol! I want to try it. I forgot about GAHIGF – will have to come up with something speedily.

  16. Naomi Devlin
    December 5, 2010

    Congrats on your three years of blogging – I remember you starting out and being instantly struck by your style and wit – you've come a long way baby and we are totally in awe!I love that this tea bread is pink! I have a lovely warm image of you all unwrapping your presents, sipping hot coffee and nibbling on rosy jewel studded slices of this. Heavenly.I'm very excited to share my own family tradition – Christmas morning muffins and I may even include another favourite alternative to Christmas pudding – spiced, chocolate orange fondants…yum! I love Christmas!x x x

  17. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free
    December 6, 2010

    The cake, and of course your photos, per usual look amazing!! ;) I will definitely be joining in and will probably wait for my mom to get here next week, to help me think something up! Our Christmas mornings rival a marathon as well. This recipe could surely get us through it!xok

  18. Tasty Eats At Home
    December 12, 2010

    This is so pretty, and my dad would LOVE it. Definitely saving this to make for him.

  19. Meagan
    December 25, 2010


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