Reader’s Request: Fresh Mango Cake

There’s something about mangoes that everyone just loves. Apart from being delicious on their own, mangoes are great in salsas, stir fry and desserts.  They are in season and that makes me thrilled to share this cake recipe on simpleglutenfreekitchen. This is also a request from a reader, who is planning to have a baby shower for her gluten free friend and, who happens to love mango desserts.



I really wanted to post a recipe for mango cake last year, but time just seemed to have gotten away from me before I had the chance. So, when Mary Jo asked for help with a mango cake and, I spotted some firm, ripe (non-fibrous) sweet mangoes  in the market, I thought it was about time. This is a basic fruit filled cake recipe that allows you to use whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand. I use half nut flour and half brown or white rice flour mix in such cake recipes. Some times I also add a tbsp or two of freshly ground quinoa or sorghum flour for a more whole grain boost. Whichever flour combination you use, just make sure the batter is thick to hold the delicate mango pieces. The batter for this cake should not be too sweet since mangoes provide sweetness of their own. The top of the cake is covered  with mango cream frosting plus served with  mango slices, which in my opinion are important  for more intense mango flavor.



This is a perfect cake recipe for any summertime get together and celebration or just an after dinner dessert.



Reader’s Request:Fresh Mango Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8-9 slices

A heavenly mango cake that tastes like summer.


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour mix (or make it 1 cup and omit sorghum flour)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1.5 cup mango, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mango cream frosting
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh mango puree (peel, chop and blend fresh mango)
  • mango slices for decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease a 8-9"spring form pan and line the base with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl whisk together almond meal. brown rice flour mix, sorghum flour (if using) and baking powder.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes on medium high speed until light.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time then the vanilla and mix until the batter is smooth.
  5. With the mixer still on low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over mix). The batter at this point should be thick and fluffy (if not add a tbsp of flour)
  6. Transfer about 1/3 of the batter to the prepared pan. Then add diced mango to the remaining batter and spread it on top.
  7. Bake in the center of a preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.
  8. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove on a wire rack and cool completely.
  9. Once the cake is completely cool make the frosting.
  10. In a small bowl whip cream with a whisk until soft peaks form, add icing sugar and whisk some more until stiff.
  11. Gently fold in mango puree.
  12. Spread frosting on the top of the cake, decorate with mango slices as desired.
  13. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.


This post was shared on Gluten Free Fridays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays.

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    ela@GrayApron May 15, 2014 (7:08 am)

    What a beauty! That rose in the middle…I want to try it too! I have never backed with mango.
    Lucky friend of yours!
    🙂 ela

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    Mary Jo May 15, 2014 (7:48 am)

    Ooo, this looks great balvinder! I am not sure if I could make that mango rose on top but will certainly let you know how everything goes. Thanks you so much for all the effort! Will give a trial this weekend 🙂

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      Balvinder May 15, 2014 (6:58 pm)

      Great! So glad you liked it. Don’t worry about the mango rose, you can decorate as you wish.

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        Mary Jo May 20, 2014 (9:32 am)

        Oh my god, balvinder! , it came out so nice with the frosting. Thank you so much 🙂 Its really easy to make, although I have to practice making the mango rose. That’s a beauty!

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          Balvinder May 20, 2014 (5:11 pm)

          Thanks for giving it a go and letting me know! I hope your gluten free friend will love it, too.

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            Mary Jo June 22, 2014 (2:52 pm)

            I can’t thank you enough for helping me out with a mango cake recipe which turned out absolutely delicious and so amazing! Everyone loved it and my dear gluten free friend asked for your blog address 🙂
            Keep up the good work Balvinder and many thanks!

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            Balvinder June 23, 2014 (11:15 am)

            You just made my day, Mary! I’m so happy your friends enjoyed the mango cake 🙂 Thanks for taking out time to give me feedback on it.

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    Mary Jo May 15, 2014 (7:51 am)

    I just printed the recipe and read rice flour mix in the ingredients, what is that?

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      Balvinder May 15, 2014 (7:01 pm)

      If you click on the word ‘rice flour’ it will take you to my flour pantry page, and there you will find how to make rice flour mix. You can also use store bought all purpose flour,of course gluten free in place of rice flour mix.

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    Charlotte Moore May 15, 2014 (10:12 am)

    Looks so good I think I could eat it without the frosting. I am not GF but I make things at times for a couple people.

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      Balvinder May 15, 2014 (7:02 pm)

      Thanks for stopping by Charlotte. I usually don’t frost my cakes but this one I did to get the maximum mango flavor.

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    Sridevi Ravi May 15, 2014 (6:36 pm)

    This cake is beautiful! I made a mango cake recently and it was very dense as I added mango puree in the batter. I like this cake with a lot of mango flavour.

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      Balvinder May 15, 2014 (7:13 pm)

      Yes,it does have a lot on mango flavor. I agree with mango puree the cake comes out very dense. Even when you are adding diced mangoes you should avoid using soft fleshed mangoes.

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    Bam's Kitchen May 15, 2014 (10:18 pm)

    Gorgeous cake and photos. I just adore mango cakes and here in HK there are so many to choose from it never dawned on me to make my own until now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:06 am)

      I can use mangoes in anything :-), glad I inspired you.

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    jaspinder kaur May 15, 2014 (11:25 pm)

    Looks great! I love the vibrant colors! So beautifully built and so refreshing looking… beautiful!

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:08 am)

      Thank you for stopping by and appreciating, Jaspinder!

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    Choc Chip Uru May 16, 2014 (4:51 am)

    How gorgeous is that rose, it is stunning!
    I wish I could eat this in one big gulp 😀 The cake looks stunning!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Monica May 16, 2014 (5:48 am)

    So lovely! My husband and I love mangoes and I think it’s so nice you’re taking your readers’ requests like this. That rose is truly beautiful and a great bonus. Needless to say, I want some! : )

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:17 am)

      Many thanks Monica! I am so glad you like the cake and the rose, but I know you can do much more beautiful rose than me.

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    techie2mom May 16, 2014 (6:26 am)

    I think i better get making a mango cake now, haven’t done it yet..

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    anne May 16, 2014 (11:05 pm)

    Bal , it looks very delicious ! A doable gluten-free cake and one of your easiest recipe 😀 Will have to hunt for that brown rice mix .

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    Nancy@SpicieFoodie May 17, 2014 (9:28 am)

    What a pretty and yummy looking cake. I love mangoes and even though I’m not gluten free I’d love to make this cake. Thanks for sharing!

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:20 am)

      I am so glad this mango cake made you stop by my site. Thanks! It would be lovely if you try.

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    Ansh May 17, 2014 (10:07 am)

    Well done, Bal! The cake looks outstanding! Such great texture in the cut slices and that mango rose is just beautiful. This is a mango lovers dream come true!

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:21 am)

      Thanks dear Ansh! Howz your gluten free life style going?

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    Blackswan May 18, 2014 (1:23 am)

    Love the pretty mango rose you’ve put up there, dear! I’m sure she’ll love the effort you’ve put in.

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    Loretta May 18, 2014 (5:17 am)

    As you can see I have taken a look at your site because I’m very curious about mango and its recipes. I have learnt a lot from your page. Thanks Bavinder :))

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      Balvinder May 18, 2014 (6:29 am)

      Thank you so much for visiting, Loretta! I love mango and I think its a great fruit to be used in cooking and many baked recipes.

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    Chai a Cup of Life May 19, 2014 (2:25 am)

    Yum Balvinder. I have just bought a box of mangoes, I hope there will be some left before my son gets to them so I can make a cake like this!

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    Vicki Bensinger May 19, 2014 (5:09 pm)

    Oh Balvinder a Mango cake how fantastic and beautiful! I love mangoes and would love to have a slice of this. Great recipe, thanks for sharing. The mango rose on top is so pretty.

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    Kitchen Belleicious May 20, 2014 (4:31 am)

    so glad a reader requested this! It is absolutely amazing. I love the rose flower on top. you did such an amazing job on both the baking and decoration of it. This would be a slice of heaven:)

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      Balvinder May 21, 2014 (7:27 am)

      Appreciate it, Kitchen Bellicious!

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    Von May 20, 2014 (4:42 am)

    I love mangoes!! 😀 Just can’t get enough of them 🙂 I usually buy a lot in summer and freeze some so I can have access to mangoes in winter, though I usually only use the frozen ones in desserts/drinks because it’s not as good as a fresh one. You cake looks amazing! Love the mango rose on top- I tried to make one once, but it fell apart 🙁 Any tips?

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      Balvinder May 21, 2014 (7:44 am)

      I too freeze two bags of mangoes for smoothie and stuff. I am so glad you loved the cake and the mango rose. Thank you, Von!
      Making a mango rose is not difficult. You just pick the right mango, it should neither be hard nor too soft. Cut the flesh n very thin slices with a sharp knife. Then build the rose by rolling a small piece of mango in the center, then add slices (petals) close to it, making sure that each slice covers the seam of previous slice…And one more thing , the mango you choose should be non fibrous.

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    Jennifer Eloff May 20, 2014 (6:52 pm)

    I love your cake. It is so beautiful to look at too. Mangoes are delicious. I call them the peaches of the tropics! Bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

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      Balvinder May 21, 2014 (7:49 am)

      Thank you, Jennifer! They are delicious and healthy, too!

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    Julia May 21, 2014 (9:09 pm)

    This is an amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try it, even if my rose doesn’t turn out as lovely as the one you made. Beautiful!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes May 24, 2014 (9:50 am)

    It must be very delicious! The mango rose looks particularly pretty.

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    Linda May 27, 2014 (8:24 am)

    I am not able to use rice flour or wheat flour can this recipe be made with coconut flour?

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      Balvinder May 27, 2014 (4:58 pm)

      Absolutely Linda! I have made it with coconut flour, it was very very tasty but sinks in the middle and the diced mango also settles at the bottom. So if you make you need to add some other flour to give stability.

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        Linda May 27, 2014 (5:35 pm)

        Thanks going to see what I can come up with and let you know

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    Amira May 29, 2014 (2:16 am)

    Oh my god, this looks so divine, and with this little rose in the middle it is absolutely a cake I would not want to miss. Your cake can put a smile on anyone’s face.