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- Ready In:
- 1 (7 ounce) can almond paste
- 1⁄4 cup soft butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1⁄4 cup apricot preserves
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter and flour a 9" cake pan.
- Cream the almond paste with the butter and sugar.
- Mix in the almonds.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs lightly with almond extract and add to the creamed mixture.
- Combine the flour and baking powder and stir into butter mixture.
- Mix with a few strokes as possible.
- Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Do not over bake!
- Heat water and preserves and brush on the top of warm cake.
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This is almond heaven! Absolutely delicious besides being quick and easy to make. I used marzipan (slightly softened in the microwave, thanks Caroline for the tip!)instead of almond paste, used an electric mixer for steps 3 to 6 and then switched to a wooden spoon. I spread the (not pourable for me neither) batter in a 9" parchment paper lined springform pan and baked it for 25 minutes, which was perfect. I brushed the cooled cake with warmed apricot jelly (without added water), which gave the cake a nice shiny finish and served it with plain greek yogurt swirled with raspberry jelly. I can't wait to make this again with fresh berries in the summer!
Mmmmmm! TRIPLE ALMOND DELIGHT; no difficulty in awarding 5 stars here. I noted Joey, Mirj and Renee's comments and made a few changes to the method of working. Firstly I creamed the butter and sugar together on their own, then I softened the marzipan in the microwave (450w for 1 1/2 minutes) before beating it into the creamed mixture (which then turned into a sort of crumble mix). Finally I beat the eggs until foamy, then beat them into the crumble mix to make a batter. Yes it was thick, but it was pourable. I glazed my cake with home made cherry jam and served it with creme fraiche; absolutely scrumptious! I'm also going to serve this with a plum compote! Great recipe Geema.
I've got a daughter that is nuts over marzipan (pun intended). I thought she would love this cake, and I was right! I couldn't find a can of almond paste in this country, we get our marzipan in loaves, so I used about 200 grams of marzipan. I also used margarine to keep the cake non-dairy. The batter was really thick, I had to force it to go to all the edges of the pan. I used some strawberry preserves, and we had happy campers all around the table. Warning: this is a rich cake, cut thin slices!
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