Almond Cream Cake

Light, moist and velvety, this Almond Cream Cake has a homemade cooked, whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with the almond cake. Decorate the cake simply with sliced almonds.

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Almond Cream Cake Recipe

If you’re looking at this cake and happen to remember the pinkalicious cake we recently posted, you’ll think that we’re in an almond kind of mood. It’s true. We do love our almonds. What is sad is that this Almond Cream Cake has been sitting in my “to-do” pile for 3 months. Anyone else have a to-do list like this?

It’s not that I wasn’t excited about sharing it with you, or that it didn’t taste as good as the other treats we’ve been sharing. Quite the opposite, actually. I wanted to give this cake the credit that it was due, and with the busyness of the holidays, I kept pushing it aside until I had more time.

Well, your wait is over, my friends.  Let me tell you about this cake.

Homemade White Cake

First of all, it’s a completely homemade white cake. That means from scratch. No boxed mix. I love boxed cake mixes because they turn out perfectly nearly every time.  But making a cake from scratch has always been this challenge that I’ve wanted to tackle.

In finding a delicious recipe for white cake (which happens to be my favorite flavor), we had several failures. I wanted a moist cake, but I wanted it to have a light crumb and be thick, but not heavy. We tossed aside several different attempts, but when I saw how this cake baked up? I knew this was it. For a homemade cake, this one beat the rest. It’s velvety and moist. Can you see the texture in this photo?

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Cake Flour or All-Purpose Flour

The recipe uses cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. All purpose flour has more protein in it (10-12 grams in all-purpose as opposed to 8 grams in cake flour), which forms gluten when you mix it. This causes the cake to be more “holey”. The less gluten there is, the more tender the cake is. The starch in the cake flour helps to stabilize the cake. There’s more science behind the reasons you should use cake flour when baking a cake. Although I like learning the science behind baking and sharing it with you, sometimes it is just easier to let the experts explain it. You can read more of the science behind cake flour here.

Whipped Frosting

The second special part of this cake is the frosting. Although we love our buttercream recipe, I was wanting to try something a little different for this cake. I’ve always loved whipped frosting because it is less sweet than many store-bought buttercreams. I searched for a delicious whipped frosting and came across this recipe that got rave reviews. It’s a cooked frosting…something I had never tried before! This frosting takes a bit of time to make, but one spoonful and you may just be hooked.

How to Make Cooked Flour Frosting

When you make the frosting, it is important to follow the directions carefully. You’ll want to cook the milk and flour together over medium heat until the mixture is very thick and resembles mashed potatoes. Don’t undercook this! It took about 10 minutes for me to get my mixture to this texture. Stir constantly while it is cooking so it doesn’t burn on the saucepan.

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At this point you’ll probably be questioning how in the world this is going to taste good on your precious cake. Trust me. It will.

Let the flour and milk mixture cool to room temperature and add the almond extract. You can speed up the process by placing the pan on ice if you’d like. It cools within minutes if you use this trick. Also, stir the frosting a few times while it is cooling. This will prevent a film from developing over your frosting. Stirring it and even placing plastic wrap right on top of the frosting will help to keep your frosting smooth.

While this is cooling, take the granulated sugar and put it through your food processor to make the grains of sugar finer. Why do this? In the next step, you’ll cream the butter and sugar together until there is no graininess left. It will take less time if you process the sugar first. Or you can use a superfine sugar such as this one.Almond Cream Cake

Once the butter and sugar are completely creamed together (beating about 5 minutes), add the cooled flour mixture and you are going to beat the mixture with the wire whisk attachment for a good 5 minutes. The mixture will go from having a separated look to coming together into a beautiful whipped cream. Just when you think it isn’t going to work it will start getting fluffy and look like a delicious whipped frosting. Go ahead. Sneak a little taste. Just be warned that you may not be able to stop eating it.

We wanted a nice, thick layer of frosting on our almond cream cake. If you’d just like a thin layer of frosting you can halve the frosting recipe.

Decorate a Cake with Almonds

You can leave the almond cream cake a pure, snowy white if you’d like, or press some sliced almonds onto the sides. Arrange a few whole almonds on the top . Make it your own and be proud of it!

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I’d say our first try at making cooked frosting was a success. What about you? Have you ever tried homemade whipped frosting or from-scratch cakes? I’d love it if you shared any other hints for homemade cakes or whipped frosting with us!

Tools for Making This Cake

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Almond Cream Cake

4.6 from 168 votes
Light, moist and velvety, this Almond Cream Cake has a homemade cooked, whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with the almond cake. Top with sliced almonds.
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature, 8 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 300 grams
  • 3 cups cake flour* (345 grams) spooned & measured carefully
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 grams
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 6 grams
  • 1 cup milk 2% milkfat
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup egg whites plus 3 tablespoons*

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 cups salted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Sliced almonds and whole almonds for decorating

Instructions
 

  • Using a stand mixer, beat the egg whites with the whisk attachment until they are stiff and form peaks. This may take a minute or two. Pour the egg whites into another bowl and place them in the refrigerator until you're ready to add them to the batter.
  • Using the same bowl that you used to beat the egg whites, place the softened butter in and cream the butter for about 2 minutes (using the beater blade attachmenuntil it is white in appearance.
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy (about another 1-2 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour (measured carefully*), salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the milk and almond extract.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  • Add the stiffly beaten eggs to the cake batter. Fold the egg whites in gently. Do not overmix at this point. If you do, your cake will become more dense.
  • Grease and flour 2 9" round cake pans. Pour the cake batter equally into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes or until the top bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges and remove them from the pans to a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, whisk the flour into the milk over medium-low heat until it thickens. Stir it constantly, lowering the heat to low if needed. The consistency should be very thick, like mashed potatoes. This step took about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and set the pan in a bowl of ice for 5-10 minutes to quicken the cooling process. The temperature of the mixture should be at room temperature.
  • Stir in the almond extract.
  • If you have a food processor, process the white sugar for a minute or so so that the granules become finer.
  • While the mixture is cooling, cream together the butter and processed sugar using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy. Do this for 5 minutes until the sugar is completely creamed and there is no graininess left.
  • Add the cooled flour mixture and beat it until it all combines and looks like whipped cream. This will take about another 3-5 minutes of beating. Keep scraping the sides of the bowl while the mixture is beating together so that everything gets well incorporated. Once the mixture has the texture of fluffy whipped cream, you are ready to ice the cake.
  • Once the cakes are cool, place one cake on a cake plate. Spread frosting on top of that layer, then place the other cake on top of the frosted cake. Use the remainder of the frosting to frost the top and sides of the cake.
  • Decorate the sides and top with sliced and whole almonds, as the picture shows, if desired.

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Notes

*This is about 6-7 large egg whites. *Some are having problems with the cake being too dense. This can happen when you mistakenly add too much flour. When you measure the flour, spoon it from the flour container gently into the measuring cup. Do NOT pack it down at all. This technique will help you not put too much flour into the cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 178mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 650
Keyword cake dessert, cake recipes, cream cake, dessert recipe

Almond Cream Cake

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  1. 2 stars
    I’ve made this cake several times and it always comes out tasting great, but sadly always dry,?-‘d usually dense.

  2. 5 stars
    This is an awesome cake. I made the batter using 6 large eggs to whip my egg whites. I think I folded in about 8 cups total. Instead of a layer cake I baked 24 cupcakes for a baptism luncheon. Since I had already made pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, I went with a simple almond buttercream frosting. Everyone love the results.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this cake this morning for book club and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for the recipe. If there was a way, I would upload pictures of it. Thanks again!

  4. 5 stars
    A little advice from Europe: cook the sugar with milk and flour. Mix the butter until creamy and add it as usual – this saves the time, believe me…
    Btw, great recipe!

  5. I’ve made this cake with this icing several times. Always delicious. My recipe for Whipped Cream Icing isn’t nearly as much as this produces. About cut in half, I’d say. I use this icing for my chocolate mayonnaise cake, too. So good.

  6. I see the milk is 2%. Is there a reason for that?? We usually use whole milk for everything. Growing boys!!! Also, I do not have 9″ pans. Can I use 2 8″?? Haven’t made it yet but I will!! Thank you!

    1. Yes you can use whole milk. And you can use 8″ pans, but make sure they have at least 2″ sides so that the cake doesn’t overflow…and watch the baking time, too. They’ll most likely need just a little bit longer. One option to prevent overflow would be to make just a couple cupcakes with the batter.

  7. 5 stars
    Omg y’all this recipe is everything. Such a good cake! I am super amateur in cake making but the instructions and notes were fantastic. Thank you for the recipe!!
    The other Olivia

  8. I want to make this for my wedding cake. I would also like to know if this can be made a day ahead.

  9. LIZZY Thank You Sooo Much for Sharing YOUR Delicious Cake Recipes Made From Scratch- I Made a Rhubarb / Strawberry Compote last Night using My Organically Grown RHUBARBS – I Just Froze a batch until I Can Workout How To Incorporate into Either Cake OR Frosting – I live in Sydney AUSTRALIA 🇦🇺- Recuperating from SHINGLES of All Things, If You Catch Chicken Pox in your 1st Year of a Birth, you Have a Major Chance of Getting it Wh Older, Run Down – ME to a Tee at Age 72 NOT contagious BUT extremely PAINFUL SORRY I do tend to Get Side Tracked -LIZZY a Big Congratulations 👏🏻👍🏻🤗💕🙏 Looking Forward to More of Your Delicious Blog?/Post Regards BARBRA XOXO

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