Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

Catholic Recipe: Gato D'Ametlla (Mallorcan Almond Cake)


  • Unsalted butter and all-purpose flour (or rice flour) for preparing pan
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 cups coarsely ground blanched almonds


Prep Time: N/A

Difficulty:  ★★☆☆

Cost:  ★★★☆

For Ages: n/a

Origin: Mallorca or Mayorca, Spain


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This Mallorcan almond cake is believed to have originated in Valldemossa, the island town on Mallorca. This is a wheat/gluten free cake.

Perhaps this was a delicacy that St. Junipero Serra enjoyed while living in Mallorca.


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Butter an 11-inch-by 2 inch round cake pan and dust it with flour, shaking out any excess.

In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar, whisking together until smooth and foamy. Add the lemon zest, cinnamon, and vanilla, if using, and mix well. Add the ground almonds a little at a time, mixing well after each addition to incorporate fully.

Using a whisk or a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Scoop about one-third of the whites onto the egg yolk mixture and, using a rubber spatula, fold them in to lighten the mixture. Then add the remaining whites and fold them in gently but thoroughly, deflating the batter as little as possible.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake the cake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and, holding the cake pan 6 inches above a countertop, drop the pan onto the counter. This simple dropping action shocks the cake, making it easier to remove from the pan.

Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool in the pan until warm. Run a knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake sides and then invert the cake onto the rack and lift off the pan. Place the cake upright on a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream, if desired.

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