Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake Cake (gluten free)


My Godparents have a wonderful red quaint little cabin overlooking a huge lake in northern Minnesota. There’s a tiny plot of sand in the back and two docks that extend to look out to where people go boating and jet-skiing. Many of my favorite memories as a child were there, including most of the summertime holidays like Memorial Day and 4th of July.

During the summer months, we’d put our suits on and pretty much stay in them until the weekend ended. We’d run at full speed with our feet pattering on the wooden boards then jump into the cold lake with jubilant smiles. Being a child keeps you fearless like that for a while.

What I remember most is after swimming for a while, we’d come wrapped in giant towels to sit on the picnic bench and enjoy a lunch our parents had made us. Grilled corn on the cob, fried walleye, my Godfather’s famous lip-smacking good buffalo wings, fresh watermelon slices and of course, a good dessert.

gluten free strawberry shortcake cake on a cake stand

Strawberry shortcakes always frequented the cabin. Juicy sugar-soaked strawberries piled on top of the store-bought sweet cakes and dolloped with whipped cream. It was classic but a dessert that always left you satisfied with strawberry stained lips and a smile on your face.

In an effort to recreate something unique with a touch of nostalgia for the upcoming summer months, I present you with this delightful grain free and gluten free strawberry shortcake cake with a mix of almond flour and coconut flour! It bakes up beautifully sweet, perfectly moist and just so happens to be both gluten free and dairy free (if you’d like).

almond flour strawberry shortcake cake on a cake stand

Ingredients in gluten free strawberry shortcake cake

This gorgeous almond flour strawberry shortcake cake is easier to make than it looks with just a few specialty ingredients to keep it grain and gluten free. You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil: instead of butter, use coconut oil. If you prefer, you can use melted vegan butter or regular butter if not dairy free, but I would reduce the amount to 3/4 cup.
  • Organic sugar: I like using an organic sugar in this recipe, but you can also use regular or coconut sugar. If you use coconut sugar, the cake will come out darker.
  • Eggs: you’ll need six eggs in this recipe to ensure that this strawberry shortcake cake bakes up nicely. Don’t worry, it’s not eggy!
  • Almond milk: the cake becomes easily dairy free with almond milk, but you can use any milk you’d like.
  • Vanilla & almond extract: both vanilla and almond extract together really bring out an amazing flavor in the cake.
  • Coconut flour: coconut flour absorbs the liquid in this recipe and also creates a nice cake texture (especially for a grain free/gluten free cake). Do not skip this because it is critical to the recipe.
  • Almond flour: I like to use a fine almond flour (rather than almond meal) in this recipe. It helps to keep the cake moist and create a light crumb texture.
  • Baking powder: you’ll using baking powder, not baking soda, in this recipe to give this cake the right consistency.
  • Fresh strawberries: for adding in-between the layers and on top of your shortcake cake.
  • For the frosting: cream cheese (vegan/dairy free if desired), organic powdered sugar (or my paleo powdered sugar recipe), vanilla extract and vanilla bean for extra delicious vanilla flavor.

Technically it’s not a true strawberry shortcake, but the flavors are my favorite together, especially with a little vanilla bean cream cheese frosting on top. And you get to use both almond flour & coconut flour — whoo hoo! And to keep it dairy free, simply use a vegan cream cheese.

grain free strawberry shortcake cake on a cake stand

Tips for making this almond flour strawberry shortcake cake:

  1. You need a few essential kitchen tools for this recipe including: 9 inch cake pans, parchment paper (or these awesome pre-cut parchment paper rounds), an offset spatula for the frosting, a good set of mixing bowls and a nice cake stand.
  2. Make sure to melt and cool your coconut oil before adding it so that it does not coagulate in the batter.
  3. Make sure you follow the directions as written, and wait until the cakes are completely cool before frosting them. After they are frosted, I recommend storing the grain free strawberry shortcake cake in fridge for optimal freshness.
  4. You can make this cake 1-2 days ahead of time and it will still be absolutely delicious!

How to make paleo strawberry shortcake cake:

To make this strawberry shortcake cake paleo, simply use coconut sugar, a dairy free cream cheese and a paleo friendly powdered sugar option. You can also use Simple Mills frosting.

paleo-friendly strawberry shortcake cake slices on two plates next to a carton of almond breeze almond coconut milk

How to store & freeze this strawberry shortcake cake

One of the best parts about this grain free strawberry shortcake cake recipe is that you can make it 1-2 days ahead of time. I like to make the cakes ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for easy assemble, but you can also store it after you’ve frosted the cake, too!

How to store strawberry shortcake cake: I recommend storing the cake covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze: feel free to freeze this cake either frosted or unfrosted for up to 2 months. I recommend freezing it unfrosted an in individual layers for best results. First, wrap each individual layers in plastic wrap, then aluminium foil and then placing the cakes in a zip-top freezer bag. When you’re ready to serve it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then let the cake come to room temperature before serving.

gluten free strawberry shortcake cake on a plate

See how to make the strawberry shortcake cake:

I know you’re going to love this almond flour strawberry shortcake cake, please let me know if you make it by leaving a comment and rating the recipe below. I’d love to hear from you and it helps encourage others to make the recipe too! xo.

Almond Flour Strawberry Shortcake Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

Beautiful almond flour strawberry shortcake cake made with a mix of almond & coconut flour. This grain and gluten free strawberry shortcake cake is topped with an easily dairy free vanilla bean cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries for a wonderful dessert that’s perfect for summer!

  • 1
    cup
    melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 2
    cups
    organic sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 6
    eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4
    cup
    unsweeetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1
    tablespoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    teaspoon
    almond extract
  • 3
    cups
    fine blanched almond flour
  • 1
    cup
    coconut flour
  • 1
    tablespoon
    baking powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
  • For the filling & topping:
  • 1/2-3/4
    pound
    fresh strawberries, sliced ¼ inch thick (reserve some whole strawberries for the topping)
  • For the frosting:
  • 8
    oz
    reduced fat cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese
  • ½
    cup
    powdered sugar (preferably organic)
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    tablespoon
    milk, to make frosting super creamy (optional)
  • 1
    vanilla bean, split and seeded (optional, but delicious)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 inch round pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract together until well combined. Add the almond milk and beat again until well incorporated.

  3. In a large separate bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Mixture should be on the thicker side.

  4. Divide batter evenly between pans and spread out with a spatula to smooth the tops. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake is golden brown, no longer jiggly in the middle and a tester comes out clean.

  5. Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to the fridge to finish cooling. Allow cake to cool in the fridge for at least an hour before removing from the pan and frosting.

  6. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and vanilla bean together until creamy and smooth. Divide frosting in half and spread over each cake. Add sliced strawberries on top of one cake, then place the other cake on top and garnish with fresh whole strawberries.

  7. Cake should be kept covered in the fridge for optimal freshness and will stay good for 4-5 days

To make dairy free: simply use a dairy free cream cheese in the frosting.

To make paleo: use coconut sugar, a dairy free cream cheese and a paleo friendly powdered sugar option. You can also use Simple Mills frosting.

How to store strawberry shortcake cake: I recommend storing the cake covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze: feel free to freeze this cake either frosted or unfrosted for up to 2 months. I recommend freezing it unfrosted an in individual layers for best results. First, wrap each individual layers in plastic wrap, then aluminium foil and then placing the cakes in a zip-top freezer bag. When you’re ready to serve it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then let the cake come to room temperature before serving.

Photography: Sarah Fennel

More grain free dessert recipes to try:

Grain Free Omega-3 Fudgy Walnut Skillet Brownies

The Best Paleo Chocolate Cake with Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Grain Free Tahini Brownies

Damn Good Peanut Butter Banana Cake (gluten free, grain free)



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