Buttery Almond Cake

Buttery Almond Cake

This cake is a total gem. 

My mother-in-law introduced this lovely recipe to me earlier this month at my cousin Portia's barn opening. She made them as bars for nibbling, and they were a rave hit. Everyone, I mean everyone, commented on them. Super easy, great for a crowd, and as one guest put it "the perfect Christmas morning cake with coffee". This particular comment really inspired me to share this recipe with you. Yes everyone thought it was delicious, and yes it is super easy to make. But it's clear that this dish is more than that. People we're more excited about sharing this recipe with family and friends than they were to just simply consume it. They wanted the recipe so they could enjoy it with the ones they love. This really struck me because I believe that food is an important part of health and should always be enjoyed, but I also believe that it shouldn't be obsessed about. That it's more important to be used as a vehicle to bring people together. To help foster a better community. This recipe will surely help you do that. This is the kind of cake to make when you invite your mom or your best friend over for a cup of coffee. It's the cake to make when you want to pour into someone, over something yummy. Now go call your best friend and make a plan, it's been way too long anyway. 

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Buttery Almond Cake
Any shape pan can be used for this recipe. If you want to make bars, use a square or rectangular glass dish around 9x12".
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 7oz package almond paste
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cut a piece of parchment to size and line the baking dish. 2. Cream the butter, then add sugar and salt. 3. Add eggs and mix well on medium speed. Add extract and mix well. 4. Crumble the almond paste and add it in. 5. Slowly add flour and mix well. 6. The batter will be more like a cookie dough. Wet your fingers and press into an 8" cake pan. Sprinkle almonds onto dough.7. Bake for 45-50 minutes (test with toothpick in center). It should be lightly brown on top and slightly pulled from edges when done.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 6-8