Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Amazingly Almond Cake

Amazingly Almond Cake


I've conjured up this cake many times before but I've never blogged about it or written down the recipe. Here it is! One of my favorite cake recipes. It's more special than just a regular pound cake, but more simple than a fancy cake with bells and whistles. It's secret is the ground almonds and the crème fraîche (though you can easily substitute the crème fraîche for heavy cream). This cake is my secret weapon when unexpected visitors show up and I still need to serve something; I always have the ingredients at home. Rating: 5+ out of 5.




Amazingly Almond Cake: based on this recipe.

Ingredients:
- 1 ¾ cups cake flour (250 grams)
- ½ cup ground almonds
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ⅔ cups sugar (335 grams)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 5 large eggs
- ⅔ cup crème fraîche or heavy cream (165 grams)
- 7½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (3¾ ounces; 110 grams)

Instructions:
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3-inch (22.5 x 12.5 x 7.5-cm) loaf pan or Bundt pan, dust the interior with flour, and tap out the excess. Put the pan on an insulated baking sheet or on two stacked regular baking sheets and set aside.
- Sift the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt together and keep close at hand. Toss the sugar and in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, beating until the mixture is pale and foamy, then whisk in the crème fraîche and almond extract. Switch to a large rubber spatula and gently stir the sifted flour mixture into the batter in three or four additions—the batter should be thick and smooth. Finally, fold in the cooled melted butter in two or three additions.
- Immediately spoon the batter into the pan and slide the baking sheet(s) into the oven. Bake for 1 hour and 25 to 30 minutes (1 hour and 10 minutes for a Bundt pan), or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry and free of crumbs. (Check the cake at the 40-minute mark. If it is browning quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent for the remainder of the baking period.) Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack before turning it out of the pan; invert and cool to room temperature right side up.


This recipe seriously has the best texture.
Look at how smooth the inside looks :) Pure joy!

Amazingly Almond Cake

11 comments:

Becca said...

This looks fantastic. I beleive that the simpelist of cakes are always the best, no matter what. :)

Tip Top Shape said...

I love almond-anything! Looks great!

Snooky doodle said...

i m drooling. !

miss b said...

I love anything with ground almonds - thanks for the recipe - it looks so good inside too!

http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

Miss Apple said...

It looks delicious!! I'm a biiig fan of almonds!

little daisy said...

OOhhh! I'm so going to bake this for my dad..He loves almond in anything. Lovely pictures too! ^_^

charlene020 said...

I just took it out of the oven and it is cooling the requisite 10 minutes! The house smells heavenly, I can't wait to taste it. I will let you know! Thanks so much for an easy recipe, I have been searching for an almond pound cake for ages! Oh, I also had a rose bundt pan and used it for this cake. Enjoy the week-end!

Paris Pastry said...

@Charlene020: How did you like it? :)

Anonymous said...

I found your blog while searching for "almond cake". You have a wonderful and interesting blog. I made this cake today and it was out of this world. The house smelled amazing while the cake was baking in the oven. And the taste and texture was heavenly. My guest nicely asked if she can take what was left from the cake, because it tasted so good.
Rachel

Paris Pastry said...

@Rachel: Glad you liked it :) It's one of my favorites!

Faith said...

While trying to convert an almond cake recipe from a cousin in Germany, I gave up and searched the web for a similar looking recipe...which led to your site. I added some fresh raspberries to the batter before putting it in the oven, and it was fantastic! I may not even bother with my cousin's recipe now! :)