Friday, April 23, 2010

Almond tea cake

Last week, the Food Librarian baked a Swedish Visiting Cake from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. The cake had everything I was looking for to bake. Tea cake? Check! Almonds? Check! Easy to make? Check check!

This cake was unbelievably easy to make. It's the easiest made from scratch cake I've ever baked. And it comes out so simple and beautiful. I love the almond slices that decorate the top.  The cake requires no mixer: just a spatula, a bowl and a whisk. It took me less than ten minutes to put this cake together and 25 minutes to bake. It was so simple that I actually went ahead and made two of them!

And the best part of all? It was delicious! If you like almonds and if you like tea cakes, you'll love this cake. It was a big hit. Everyone I shared with this wanted to take some home.

The recipe is supposed to be made in a cast iron skillet, but I don't have one, so I used a springform cake pan, which also made it a lot easier to remove from the pan. Also, the first time I sprinkled the cake with granulated sugar like the recipe said, but I didn't really like how it looked. So the second time, I used raw sugar instead. Finally, I left out the lemon zest. It saved me time and I don't really like the citrus taste in my desserts.

Swedish Visiting Cake (From Dorie Greenspan's book. Recipe found on The Dog Eat Crumbs)

Ingredients

1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
Grated zest of 1 lemon (I left this out)
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
About 1/4 cup sliced almonds (blanched or not)
Raw sugar for sprinkling

Directions

1. Center
a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a
seasoned 9-inch cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet, a
9-inch cake pan or even a pie pan.

2. Pour the sugar into a medium bowl. Add the zest and blend the
zest and sugar together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist
and aromatic. (I left out the zest)

3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Whisk in the salt and the extracts.

4. Switch to a rubber spatula and stir in the flour.

5. Finally, fold in the melted butter. Scrape the
batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Scatter
the sliced almonds over the top and sprinkle with a little sugar.  (The recipe says to sprinkle granulated sugar. I chose raw sugar)

6. Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden and a
little crisp on the outside; the inside will remain moist. Remove the
pan from the oven and let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a thin
knife around the sides and bottom of the cake to loosen it. You can
serve the cake warm or cooled, directly from the skillet or turned out
onto a serving plate

 

20 Responses to “Almond tea cake”

  1. 1

    Rosa — April 23, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    I LOVE almonds. Love love love love…
    I will make this this weekend. I don’t have a springform pan but I do have regular baking pans. I just need to stop at the grocery store for some supplies.
    Yum yum yum yum yum…
    You should start a mail order service for your baked goods. I would totally order some!! :D

  2. 2

    Baby Bro — April 23, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    I don’t like almonds but I loved this tea cake!

  3. 3

    Carol — April 23, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    This sounds really good! I like your idea of leaving out the zest. I have everything already in the pantry, well, maybe only whole almonds, I’ll have to check. But I’m going to make this!

  4. 4

    Kirbie — April 23, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    Haha. Thanks Rosa! I’d feel too much pressure I think about baking my good for others. I hope you like this cake!

  5. 5

    Kirbie — April 23, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    Well I guess the flavor is more like almond tofu type..which you like. Plus it tastes a bit like madeleines.

  6. 6

    Kirbie — April 23, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

    I’m sure you could put whole almonds on top, or leave it out. I hope you like it! I hope I didn’t overhype it.

  7. 7

    yummy supper — April 24, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    That looks like a perfect cake for me. Simple. Almonds. Yum!
    Thanks for sharing….
    E

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    caninecologne — April 24, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    hi kirbie
    you’re right – this is pretty easy! no mixer! i love almonds too. it’s always fun trying new recipes. you should put a cookbook together on day.

  9. 9

    tigerfish — April 24, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Sounds like a really easy cake to bake. And your house must be smelling so good….that almond aroma…

  10. 10

    Kara — June 2, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    I’m so excited about finding this recipe. Growing up, a friend’s mom used to make this a lot, and despite my efforts, I’ve never been able to find a recipe that compared (or at least compared to the memories). I have high hopes for yours and plan on testing it this week. Either way it looks delicious, so thank you!

  11. 11

    Kirbie — June 2, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few almond cake recipes out there. This one was super easy to make and tasty. I hope you like it.

  12. 12

    Kirbie — June 2, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    I don’t know how I missed these comments. Yes, the almond tea cake smells great!

  13. 13

    Kirbie — June 2, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    I don’t know how I missed this comment. Sorry it took me so long to reply. This recipe really is so simple. I made it again recently and was again amazed by the simplicity.

  14. 14

    Kirbie — June 2, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    I’m definitely going to come back to this recipe a lot. =)

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    roberta — July 27, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    very beautiful!!nice to meet you!

  17. 17

    Sarah — May 5, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I just tried this recipe and it was amazing! It was super easy and tastes great! I’m really surprised how moist it is! I also left out the zest, but it tastes great anyway!!

    • Kirbie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 8:29 am

      I love how easy this recipe is too. And so good. It’s great to make when you are pressed for time.

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    Florence — May 23, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I cannot bake anything sweet to save my life but last night I tried the Tea cake as well as the Banana Nutella Swirl cake..
    Huge success! It was so easy I made two almond tea cakes. Thank you, Thank you!!

    • Kirbie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 8:48 am

      That’s so great to hear!

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