Croatia eats: my first gluten-free cake

Yes, my friends, I went gluten free (OK, almost gluten free) few months ago after reading Novak Djokovic’s book – [easyazon_link asin=”0345548981″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”frankcom0c-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Serve to Win The 14-Day Gluten-Free Plan for Physical and Mental Excellence[/easyazon_link].

Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Recipe | My Croatian Food & Other Recipes
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Recipe | My Croatian Food & Other Recipes

I won’t go into debating what’s true or not about gluten, but I can tell you that I feel awesome since I eliminated gluten from my diet. I have more energy. My stomach never feels heavy after eating. Or ever. And I even started doing yoga.

Anyways, yesterday I’ve made my first gluten free cake, and thought I could share it here with you. It’s really easy to make and it’s delicious. Here we go!

Easy to make gluten-free cake


  • 8 eggs
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 200 g of dark chocolate
  • 200 g of hazelnuts
  • 1 orange (peel & juice)
  • 1 lemon (peel only)

Bake hazelnuts in the oven at 180 °C 10 to 15 min. Peel off the skin. Grind hazelnuts in a food processor (or use a bottle to grind them).

Gluten-free cake | Ingredients
Gluten-free cake | Ingredients (missing an orange and a lemon in this photo)

Separate yolk from egg white. Be careful when separating yolks from egg white (You don’t want a bit of yolk in an egg white! Otherwise it’s gonna take forever to properly beat the egg white.). Whip your egg white. Don’t forget to gradually increase the speed of your mixer (start slow, and take it from there). Leave aside, and work on your yolks.

Gluten-free cake | Really easy to make as you can see
Gluten-free cake | Really easy to make as you can see

Add 100 g of sugar to the yolks and beat them with a mixer until firm. Grate orange and lemon peel, squeeze the  juice out of an orange. Add it to yolks and sugar and mix it. Add grinned hazelnuts, and mix everything. Finally, melt chocolate in an oven and add it to the mixture.

Take your beaten egg white with spatula, and add it to the rest. Mix with spatula until well integrated (make sure there aren’t any lumps left).

Voila, my gluten-free cake is ready to eat
Voila, my gluten-free cake is ready to eat

Pour into the baking pan and put in the oven at 180 °C for 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool down and spread an orange marmalade on the top. You can serve it with a homemade vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate. But for me it’s the best to eat it the way it is.

What’s your opinion on gluten-free diet? How do you like this recipe? Let us know in the comments below. 

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2 thoughts on “Croatia eats: my first gluten-free cake”

  1. Hey, it’s a cake, it’s chocolate, and it’s gluten-free. What’s not to like?

    I agree with Ryan, going without gluten makes a huge difference, and like Ryan the stuff feels like lead in my gut. Though I haven’t noticed any congestion from gluten I have found that I lose energy when I eat wheat or drink beer and that’s enough to make me avoid it. If that’s not enough reason, I literally gain 2 pounds overnight whenever I eat it and it takes me a few days to fit back into my jeans. :)

    Is almond flour available where you are? It’s pretty popular in the US and I’m wondering how that would be as an alternative.

  2. Frank I have been religious about lessening my gluten intake for a while now and I too spotted a huge difference. The stuff feels like lead in my gut and when I went overboard with it in the past I actually had an allergic reaction, sneezing and wheezing like a fool. Stuff don’t work for me. Kudos to you for going G-free and hey, if you’re baking something it may as well be a cake!

    Keep on inspiring Frank ;)

    Signing off from Bali!


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