Monday, August 15, 2011

Almond Cake

  • This cake is rich, yet subtle. The delicate almond flavor makes it seem fancy. I was so surprised how much Ryan and I liked this cake given our chocolate tendencies. Perhaps next time I can add a raspberry puree.
  • 1/2 cup fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup almond paste, cut into half-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Grease an 8-inch round (or square) cake pan with vegetable spray. An alternative is to butter and flour the cake pan.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, cake flour and baking powder and set aside.

    Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and almond paste on high until smooth, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined and light and fluffy. Raise speed to high and add the vanilla, eggs and yolks, 1 at a time. Mix until well combined. Reduce speed to medium and add the sour cream and dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

    Pour the batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the lower third of the oven for 35 minutes, or until the cake is golden and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool. Remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar.

    Recipe from Giada De Laurentis

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