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This Almond Cake Recipe is a light, moist cake that is easy to make. The honey adds a touch of sweetness to the cake and pairs nicely with the silvered almonds. Bring this cake to a brunch, serve it for a special occasion or as a sweet treat for your family. 

Almond Cake Recipe on a plate

ALMOND CAKE RECIPE

I must admit I am not much of a baker but I do have certain desserts, cookies and breads that I like to make on repeat each year.

If you come over at the holidays my family always has a batch of Baklava on the table, or a tin of these Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies or a jar of Easy Candied Walnuts.

Today’s Almond Cake Recipe is another delicious and easy dessert to serve at the holidays but also works great year-round. I could see this cake being served at a shower or brunch or at a special occasion with family and friends. It reminds me of a pound cake – not too sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. 

You will love the sweetness of this Simple Almond Cake Recipe with the toasted, crunchy almonds. If you are feeling adventurous add some fresh berries or a layer of icing. 

Almond Cake Recipe ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS ALMOND CAKE?

ALMONDS: This recipe uses silvered or sliced almonds. I love the flavor that they add along with the crunchy texture. 

GINGER: Fresh ginger adds a nice touch of flavor to this cake. If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand you can substitute dried ginger in its place.

Use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for every 1 tTablespoon of fresh ginger called for in this recipe.

HONEY: The honey brings a natural sweetness to this almond pound cake. You can even drizzle some extra on top of the cake once it is done baking for extra flavor. 

VANILLA OR ALMOND EXTRACT: The vanilla extract also adds flavor to this cake. The better the quality of the vanilla you can get ahold of the better! You can also use almond extract in place or in addition to vanilla for extra almond flavor. 

Almond Cake Recipe slice of cake

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS HONEY ALMOND CAKE?

Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease a 9 inch circular baking pan with butter.

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, ginger, sugar and salt. Combine all together.

Now add butter, egg, honey, milk and vanilla extract. Mix into a smooth batter.

Almond Cake Recipe batter

Pour the batter in a baking pan and sprinkle sliced almonds on it without leaving any empty space.

Almond Cake Recipe batter being poured

Bake in the oven for 60 minutes.

Almond Cake Recipe in pan

Use a skewer or toothpick to see if the middle is cooked through before removing from the oven. The toothpick must come out clean. 

Almond Cake Recipe in pan with almonds

Let the cake cool down before slicing and serving. Serve with more honey if desired.

Almond Cake Recipe above view

TIPS & IDEAS FOR MAKING THIS EASY ALMOND CAKE RECIPE

  • NUT ALLERGIES: If you there are nut allergies for the people that will eat your cake you can replace almonds with blueberries, sliced pear or sliced apple.
  • CITRUS: For a slight citrus flavor add 1 Tablespoon orange or lemon zest. 
  • HOLIDAY CAKE: If you are making this cake near the holidays you can add ground cloves and cinnamon for a warmer flavor. 
  • VEGAN: Replace honey with maple syrup.. Replace egg with 1 tablespoon baking powder + 2 tablespoons soy milk or use self raising flour + 2 tablespoons soy milk. Replace whole milk with soy milk.
  • TOPPINGS: There are a lot of options for toppings when it comes to this cake. You could add homemade icing and skip the almonds or add the almonds after you ice the cake. You can add a variety of berries like blackberries, raspberry or strawberries. 

Almond Cake Recipe with fork

Almond Cake Recipe

Almond Cake Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract {or almond extract}
  • 1 cup sliced or silvered almonds

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease a 9 inch circular baking pan with butter.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, ginger, sugar and salt. Combine all together.
    3. Now add butter, egg, honey, milk and vanilla extract. Mix into a smooth batter.
    4. Pour the batter in a baking pan and sprinkle sliced almonds on it without leaving any empty space.
    5. Bake in the oven for 60 minutes.
    6. Double check with a skewer or toothpick if the middle is cooked through before removing from the oven. Skewer must come out clean.
    7. Let the cake cool down before slicing and serving. Serve with more honey if desired.

Notes

Replace almonds with blueberries, sliced pear or sliced apple if you have a nuts allergy.
Add 1 Tablespoon orange zest to give the cake extra flavor.
Add ground cloves and cinnamon if you make it in December for a holiday taste.

Make it vegan:
Replace honey with maple syrup.
Replace egg with 1 tablespoon baking powder + 2 tablespoons soy milk or use self raising flour + 2 tablespoons soy milk.
Replace whole milk with soy milk.

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Angella S

Friday 12th of February 2021

Thanks. Can this be made gluten free?

Julia

Friday 12th of February 2021

I honestly have not tried to make it gluten free. This recipe uses all purpose flour so if you have tried to sub out gluten-free flour in place of all purpose before I would follow that same type of substituting. I can try to see if I can make it gluten-free soon and will let you know.

Richard Tunner

Monday 7th of December 2020

What a delectable cake! Added some sliced strawberries and bananas and it worked perfectly. My mom really loved it. Thank you!

Julia

Monday 7th of December 2020

Yes those would be great additions!

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