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Best Ever Almond Cream Cake

This Best Ever Almond Cream Cake is perfectly moist and dense with the best fluffy, creamy almond frosting you'll ever taste! Perfect for any celebration!

Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, British, North American
Keyword Almond Cake, Best Ever Almond Cream Cake
Servings 12 servings
Calories 685 kcal
Author Chrissie

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk at room temperature
  • a few drops of almond extract
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

For the frosting:

  • 5/8 cup all purpose flour sifted to remove all lumps
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted to remove all lumps
  • a few drops of almond extract
  • a pinch of salt

For the decorations:

  • 1 cup assorted berries or sliced fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, etc.)
  • 2-3 plain cookies, shortbread cookies, or lady fingers
  • whole and sliced almonds

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two 8 and a half inch round cake pans by greasing them with butter and lining the bottom with parchment paper. I like to use high-walled springform pans for this recipe (for easy removal), but it isn't necessary.

  2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or in the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the eggs on medium-high speed for several minutes until they're light, fluffy and bubbly. With the mixer on medium-high, add the sugar slowly in a steady stream and continue mixing for several minutes.

  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and add it to the egg mixture slowly while the mixer is running on low speed.

  4. Combine the milk and the melted butter and add that slowly as well, while the mixer is running on low.

  5. Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for about 1 minute.

  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the cakes comes out clean.

  7. Set the cakes aside to cool for about 5 minutes in their pans before inverting them onto cooling racks (and removing the pans) to cool completely to room temperature.

For the frosting:

  1. While the cakes cool, heat the milk in a small saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat. Add the flour slowly, whisking constantly to combine.

  2. Continue to cook this mixture, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and no lumps remain.

  3. Spread out the thickened milk and flour mixture onto a dinner plate to cool completely.

  4. When the mixture is cool, press it through a sieve or strainer to remove any tiny lumps that may remain.

  5. Add it to a large bowl with a hand mixer, or to the bowl of your stand mixer, and mix on medium-high speed until smooth.

  6. Add the butter and mix on medium-high speed until the mixture is very smooth.

  7. Add the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time, along with the salt and the almond extract.

  8. Continue to mix on medium-high until the frosting is extra smooth and creamy.

Assembly and decorating:

  1. Level the top of the cakes with a serrated bread knife or a cake leveler (if you have one). Place one of the cakes on a plate or cake stand and place a dollop of frosting on top.

  2. Spread out the frosting to the edges of the cake, place the next layer on top and then frost the top and sides of the cake until everything is smooth.

  3. Use Life Love and Sugar's tutorial on how to get straight edges when frosting layer cakes with buttercream (find the tutorial HERE), or simply frost it in a rustic pattern as you wish.

  4. Arrange the fruit pieces, cookies, and almonds on top as you wish.

  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

This cake is best enjoyed the day it's assembled. Feel free to bake the cake layers one day in advance, cool and wrap in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until the next day.

The frosting is best enjoyed the day it's made.

Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Almond Cream Cake
Amount Per Serving (12 slices)
Calories 685 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1259IU25%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.