This healthy, savory cauliflower cake recipe falls somewhere between a quiche and a meatless meatloaf. Garbanzo bean flour adds nutty flavor plus protein to make the cake a satisfying vegetarian main dish recipe. The flavor is best when the cakes is warm or at room temperature, so it's an ideal choice for a buffet.

Molly Stevens
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2014


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.

  • Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add cauliflower and steam until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add caraway seed, coriander, crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the steamed cauliflower, doing your best not to break up the florets, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to combine the flavors.

  • Whisk garbanzo bean flour, all-purpose flour (or gluten-free blend), baking powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until mixed. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the eggs and whisk to combine and eliminate most of the lumps. Stir in roasted red pepper, feta and 2 tablespoons dill. Add the cauliflower mixture and gently stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

  • Bake until the top is golden and the cake is set, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool to warm; remove the pan sides and the parchment. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon dill.


Equipment: 9-inch springform pan, parchment paper

Tip: Garbanzo bean flour, made from ground dried garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), is a gluten-free flour used in many traditional Middle Eastern recipes. Look for it in natural-foods stores and/or in well-stocked supermarkets in the gluten-free section. Once opened, store airtight in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

187.4 calories; protein 10.6g 21% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 9.1g 14% DV; saturated fat 3.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 152mg 51% DV; vitamin a iu 545.1IU 11% DV; vitamin c 23.4mg 39% DV; folate 99.5mcg 25% DV; calcium 131.6mg 13% DV; iron 1.7mg 10% DV; magnesium 31.2mg 11% DV; potassium 296.5mg 8% DV; sodium 534.9mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

Reviews (19)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 2 stars
I thought it terribly under seasoned and not really tasting any of the fabulous ingredients that I used. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made it made it Cheese Cauliflower Cake in Wood Fired Oven after reading instructions here...though did some own addition and sort of(used homemade Gram Flour and Wheat Flour)...and it came out great and tastes yummm....thank you for sharing....and yes this is my first Best Wishes Triund Baba Triund Hill Dharamsala Dhauladhar Pros: Yum Cons: found none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I have been making a recipe almost exactly like this for several years. I developed it myself; about the only differences are that I use 1/2 cup each of bean flour and chappati flour and I use some plain yoghurt instead of baking powder. This makes it more like a pancake. I make it about once every two weeks so I guess I love it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
cauliflower cake This may be my new favorite way to have cauliflower. It is a good vegetarian dish or good for breakfast or a side dish. I love it and will make it again and again. Thank you. Pros: great seasonings Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great savory dish This is yummy I have served this many times and everyone wants the recipe. I used the whole cauliflower and then a little more. I love the texture and taste the kick from the red pepper flakes. Since I am gluten free this is a keeper. The taste texture are perfect. I served it with a salad or as a vegetable side with fish. Pros: ate for dinner lunch and used for a party for 100 yummy Cons: jared peppers so I roasted it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Meatless Monday Answer! Of course like others I didn't have all ingredients in house I used Jamaican spice that I brought home from a recent trip and it was devine. I steamed the cauliflower in the microwave and used fresh red pepper that I roasted on my gas stove then sauteed with the onion instead of the late add. I used almond and oat flour to substitute the garbonzo and whole wheat for the regular flour...lovely. Can't wait for leftovers! Pros: Hearty Savory Nutritious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great vegetable side dish I thought this was awesome! Now I must confess that I cannot even find garbanzo bean flour where I live and I am not celiac so I just used regular flour. Threw in extra roasted red peppers (because I had them to use up) and microwaved the cauliflower but the result was yummy not time consuming at all and I am wondering how I will manage to stretch it into 8 portions because I could eat two portions at a time!! Pros: fast easy to prepare yummy flavour Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A fun new way of serving a vegetable side! What a fun vegetable dish to put on the table. It's quite delicious and easy to make! My only recommendation is to add a small scoop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top. (all of us that tried it agreed) Pros: Nice presentation flavorful easy to make healthy Cons: Uses spices I don't typically stock needs sauce Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious! The ingredient and seasoning combinations are nothing I would have thought of putting together -- caraway dill roasted bell pepper hot pepper and cauliflower -- but it all worked together wonderfully. The dish was a big hit at dinner tonight and shared with people of different ages. The dish is a bit fussy because there are several ingredients that need to be cut chopped and measured but it's worth the effort. Next time I will coat the bottom and inside surface of the pan with cooking spray. The lovely crust stuck to the sides of the pan. Pros: Very tasty and interesting combination of flavors Cons: A lot of separate steps and ingredients Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Strange consistency and after taste My DH hated this and couldn't even eat it. I did not really like it either. It did not come out like a cake but more like stuck together cauliflower. Pros: The cauliflower tasted okay. Cons: The amount of cauliflowr suggested seemed way too much. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Could eat it all day I skipped the red pepper flakes for my heartburn and just microwave steamed the cauliflower. It looked pretty with the orange bell pepper I had. It took a little work but I loved it. It's also good reheated in the microwave. Pros: flavor texture filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super satisfying breakfast! I am currently addicted to this receipe. I has been my go-to breakfast for two weeks. The first time I did not have garbanzo flour but otherwise I followed the receipe exactly. The second time I made it I used garbanzo flour switched up the herbs...added basil and oregano upped the crushed red pepper skipped the dill and it was great! It is the perfect breakfast to zap in the microwave for 30 seconds. I have also frozen a few individual pieces and found that they reheat well. Next time I think I will add sundried tomatoes. Basically the spice/herb combo is something you can play with to suit your taste. Yum! Pros: Tasting filling healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A filling vegetarian dinner option My husband and I both enjoyed this dish. It was very filling and great the second day as leftovers. I would probably reduce the amount of caraway seed but otherwise not change anything. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Attractive vegetarian option I substituted sun dried tomatoes (in oil) for the red peppers and added 1/3 c. grated cheddar cheese to the mixture. My family loved it. And the leftovers the next day were excellent. Pros: Tasty and filling main dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
we really liked this--we like all the flavors and we thought this really highlighted all the ingredients. It is definitely reminiscent of a Spanish tortilla--the garbanzo flower replaces potatoes and makes it more satisfying. This is not complicated and absolutely delicious. If you don't like dill onion feta or cauliflower don't bother and don't give it a bad review if you don't like these flavors to begin with! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tasty vegetarian fare It takes a bit of prep but the result is worth the effort. I love the flavor of caraway but it that isn't your thing omit or sub something you like. Pros: NULL Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent! I thought this was fantastic and both my kids inhaled it (12 and 15 yo boys). It had the taste and consistency of a potato tortilla from a tapas bar in Spain. I will definitely make again. It would be great to bring to a party or brunch too. Pros: Easy to make good cold and at room temperature. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious gluten-free meal Our daughter who has celiac disease and is a vegetarian is visiting so we decided to try this recipe with the gluten free options. We all enjoyed it and would definitely make it again even when our daughter is not joining us. We had it for dinner but it would be excellent for brunch. Cons: Had some trouble locating garbanzo bean flour even at our well-stocked local grocery store. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I thought with the feta red peppers eggs it would be appealing. turns out DH really dislikes caraway and I found the mouth feel to be awful. maybe the garbanzo bean flour? never used it before. I will NOT make this again. Pros: the recipe worked and it looked great. I don't like dill so didn't use but otherwise followed it Read More