One of my most in-demand desserts for social occasions is my baklava. Not wanting to leave out my gluten-free friends and family, I decided to create a baklava inspired gluten-free cake! I hope you enjoy this flavor combo of honey, pistachio, and cinnamon….
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Kerrygold Salted Butter
2 cups pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup Kerrygold Salted Butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two 9” round pans by greasing and place 9” rounds of parchment paper on the bottom.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and honey. Next, over low heat, allow the pistachios to simmer and brown for about 10 minutes. (Remember to stir on occasion…they go from brown to burnt quickly!)
In a small bowl, combine the flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside until needed.
Next, remove the pistachio/honey mixture and place it in a medium mixing bowl. Then whip together with the butter, vanilla, and sugar. Next, beat the eggs in one at a time, being sure to mix well between each one.
Now slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients, alternating with the cup of buttermilk.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for about 30–35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Honeyed Butter Cream
1 1/2 cups KerryGold Salted Butter, softened
3 tbsp creamed honey
3 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
In a bowl using an electric mixer, cream the butter and honey until smooth. Add in one cup of powdered sugar. Next, whip in the second cup of powdered sugar along with the extract and cinnamon, then finally, beat in the last cup of powdered sugar until icing is smooth.
Spread the frosting over the bottom layer of cake for the filling, then place the second cake on top. Finish frosting the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting. Garnish the top with crushed pistachios and a drizzle of honey, then serve and enjoy this Baklava Cake!