Armenian Nutmeg Cake


My first attempt at the Armenian nutmeg cake was a disaster. It gushed. It oozed. It bubbled over and just wouldn’t solidify. I turned the temperature down and baked it for longer… No such luck. Sometimes, it’s ok to just give up and try again another day.


My second attempt saw me use 1 tsp less baking powder, and success! It turned out wonderfully. The end result is a warm moist nutty cake that goes beautifully with a mug of tea or coffee, and is a perfect (and easy) finish to a cool autumn day.

Not surprisingly, the cake took less time to disappear than it did to make.

Rewritten from instructions from for a gluten free version. This recipe works particularly well with gluten free flour, as the cake mix is quite moist and therefore stays moist after it’s cooled.

Preheat oven to 350oF or 175oC

Mix in a small bowl or measuring jug,

1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon baking soda.

In a mixer, blend together

2 cups plain gluten free flour

1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

before adding in

3/4 cup butter, preferably unsalted, cubed, room temp.

When nice and crumbly, take out half and press into a springform pan to form a crust. (I like to line my pans with baking paper for easy clean up)

In the mixer, add in 1 egg and 1 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg and blend. Add in the milk and bakign powder mix and blend again.

Pour into pan over crust.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnut pieces over the batter.

Bake for 40 minutes, before removing and cooling.


  1. It looks like your re-make came out beautifully – I like the individual serving size

  2. Sorry the first attempt didn’t work out well but I am glad you did not give up and tried again. I too thought this would make the perfect autom cake :)
    Great job on this challenge

  3. Thanks Cher. Yeah, I like making smaller sizes of the desserts, it usually looks cuter :)

  4. Thanks Sawsan :)

  5. I love that you made small cakes :) Looks great and delicious!
    It’s always worth to try for the second time ;)
    Pozdrawiam, Anula.

  6. I love how moorish and rustic your cake is Bryt. Gorgeous!

  7. I can’t even point to Armenia on a map, but now that I know they make food like that I think I should learn! Looks great :)

  8. Very glad your cake eventually turned out. It looks delicious!!

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