Flourless sugarfree walnutcake

For the occasion of a belated birthday celebration, I looked up a flourless walnut cake recipe in my grandmother’s old cooking book, published somewhere in the late thirties. I decided to give it a try, replacing the sugar with some date paste. The result was fantastic and a definite keeper!  

The list of ingredients for this nutty sugarfree sponge cake is short and simple: walnuts, potato flour, free-range eggs, dates, some water for soaking the latter, and a tablespoon of flax seed. 


It also requires minimal preparation – soaking the dates – it takes 10  minutes to whip up and bakes in 25. 




This cake can definitively be enjoyed plain together with a nice cup of coffee or tea. However you intend using it, let it cool well before you unmold it and cut it into pieces or layers, using fine thread. 


I was happy with a two tier-cake, but cutting it in three layers should not be a problem; you could use a slightly smaller cake tin to get a thicker cake.  


Flourless sugarfree walnutcake
Serves 8
A delicious and fluffy flourless and sugarfree walnutcake made of four simple ingredients.
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 100 g walnuts, grinded
  2. 4 organic, free range eggs, separated in whites and yolks
  3. 4 rounded tbsp potato flour (starch)
  4. 8 pitted dates soaked in 50 ml water overnigth - or if in a hurry, for a couple of hours
  5. 1 tbsp flaxseed
  1. Preheat the ove at 175 °C (347 °F)
  2. Grind the walnuts finely
  3. Separate the yolks from the whites and place in two separate bowls
  4. Whip the egg whites into a thick foam
  5. Whip the egg yolks with the soaked dates until fluffy
  6. Add the flaxseed
  7. Sift in the potato flour and mix using a spoon or a spatula
  8. Finally, carefully fold in the egg whites
  9. Grease and bread a 23 cm (9') round cake tin
  10. Bake in the lower rack of the oven for 20-25 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  11. Let cool, flip upside down and remove the cake tin
  12. If you want to make a layered cake use some thread to cut the cake into two, or three tiers
  13. Fill and decorate the cake according to your liking
Adapted from Prinsessornas kokbok
Adapted from Prinsessornas kokbok
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