Gluten-free Lemonade Cakes (Tortine alla limonata senza glutine)


Serious gluten allergies affect so many people these days that the need for creating options that cater for them is necessary and, quite honestly, a challenge I am ready to embark upon with enthusiasm. Whether you are celiac or just not a fan of wheat and its derivates, I have high hopes you will enjoy biting into these bubbly, moist cakes, perfumed with tangy lemonade and a hint of vanilla. By the way, they are also dairy free, just saying’….

INGREDIENTS, makes 8-10 mini cakes using a muffin tin

3 eggs

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, paste or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean

3/4 cup fizzy lemonade

2-1/4 cup of  gluten free self-raising flour

1 cup of icing sugar (confectioner sugar) mixed with a few teaspoons of lemon juice to make the lemon icing


1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F)

2. Line a medium sized muffin tin with wrappers (I used an 8 hole jumbo muffin tin)

3. Beat the eggs with sugar until pale and fluffy and the sugar crystals have dissolved

4. Add oil, vanilla, and lemon zest and mix well.

5. Add the lemonade and gradually incorporate the flour, beating gently, until a wet batter is formed

6. Pour the batter into the muffin tin making sure not to fill to the rim as the cakes with grow a lot whilst baking

7. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through if tested with a skewer

8. Cool at room temperature. When cooled, drizzle the lemon icing on top and allow 10-15 minutes to set before serving out



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19 thoughts on “Gluten-free Lemonade Cakes (Tortine alla limonata senza glutine)

    • Not ridiculous. I have developed a reaction to wheat in my late 50’s. It is not a pleasant affliction. Think about the increasing chemicals sprayed on our crops for a minute…..they were not there for ‘thousands of years’

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  2. The problem is the wheat of today is nothing like the wheat our parents/grandparents were raised on! I am gluten sensitive and pay for it if I indulge in pasta/bread etc… BUT, when we go to Italy, it doesn’t bother me at all ! Different strain of wheat…pure- not genetically engineered like in the US.

  3. You are so right on the genetically modified wheat that is used here in North America but also the fillers like food grade saw dust used in the flour products and boxed mixes, like pancake mixes brownie mixes, etc. we are slowly getting more and more sick over these additives.

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