This is my personal, never before published version of the 'famous Dick's Burnt Almond Cake' from Dick's Bakery in San Jose, CA. I was not as impressed as some by the original- I did, however, taste potential. After several months of testing, this is the finished product. I am told that my version is better than Dick's. I'll let you judge for yourselves. The procedure can appear a bit daunting, but trust me, it’s not. Just read the recipe from beginning to end and then take it one section at a time and you will be justly rewarded!