Pretty easy to put together. To toast almonds, put them in the 350 oven for 10-15 minutes. This is excellent if you let it sit for one day to allow flavors to meld. It was also perfectly moist the day after too. This cake went over very well at a potluck I attended. Nearly everyone took a piece, and this was a really spoiled crowd regarding dessert choices. I got 11 slices out of one half; they were thin enough so that people could taste another dessert if they wanted to, but thick enough so that they held up as individual pieces. This cake can feed a small army in a potluck setting. I really appreciated that. And you just can't beat it for its visual impact on a dessert table. Just beautiful and not something you see every day.