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This Italian Almond Cake is dense and buttery, not overly sweet, moist and tender and deliciously almondy. The perfect end to any meal.
Whole Italian Almond Cake on a white plate

This Italian Almond Cake is one of those desserts that you just can’t help going back for more. It’s buttery and dense but moist and tender at the same time. Imagine, if you will, that Almond Shortbread and Almond Pound Cake got together and had a baby. The result would be this buttery, almondy, pound cake like, Italian Almond Cake. It’s absolutely decadent but surprisingly light at the same time. And definitely one of my all time favorites!

Almond Cake on a plate garnished with strawberries

The first time I tried Italian Almond Cake I was at a little coffee shop in the Salishan Marketplace in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. It was so good, I had to find a recipe for it! I tried many recipes, searching through the internet, some were close but not exactly what I was looking for. Some were a little too sweet, others were too cakey. They were all delicious but they were not the same as that cake I got at the beach.

I decided that I would take the elements from the recipes I tried, that were what I was looking for, and create a recipe of my own. And I think this recipe comes pretty darn close. It’s dense and buttery, not overly sweet, moist and tender and deliciously almondy. Is almondy a word?

Italian Almond Cake with flowers and garnish

This cake not only makes the perfect ending to your next meal but also makes a great addition to afternoon tea. I have been known to sneak a slice with my morning coffee as well! 

And did I mention how easy it is to make? No mixer or blender required. Just a bowl, a whisk and a rubber spatula. Easy as pie, or should I say cake? Anyway, give it a try and you will see why it is a favorite.

How to make Italian Almond Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease bottom and sides of a springform pan, I cut out a round of parchment paper and placed it inside the pan making it even easier to remove once it’s done.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. set aside
  • In a glass batter bowl, melt the butter in the microwave
  • Add the sugar to the melted butter and whisk to combine
  • Add the eggs and whisk to combine.
  • Add the lemon zest, vanilla and almond extracts
  • Then, with a rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until well combined
  • Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and top with the sliced almonds and sprinkle with the sugar.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in the middle comes clean.
Almond Cake with a slice on a plate

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Whole Italian Almond Cake on a white plate

Italian Almond Cake

This Italian Almond Cake is dense and buttery, not overly sweet, moist and tender and deliciously almondy. The perfect end to any meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert, Tea
Cuisine: American, Italian, Italian Inspired
Keyword: Almond Cake, Almonds, Baked Goods, Cakes, Desserts, Italian Desserts
Servings: 12
Calories: 263kcal
Author: angela@mealstreetkitchen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping

  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease bottom and sides of a springform pan
  • In a bowl, combine flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. set aside
  • In a glass batter bowl, melt the butter in the microwave
  • Add the sugar to the melted butter and whisk to combine
  • Add the eggs and whisk to combine.
  • Add the lemon zest, vanilla and almond extracts
  • Then, with a rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until well combined
  • Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and top with the sliced almonds and sprinkle with the sugar.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in the middle comes clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  • S
    March 11, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Do you have to use a springform pan? What about stoneware?

    Reply
    • angela@mealstreetkitchen
      March 11, 2021 at 10:54 am

      You can use stoneware if it is well seasoned.

      Reply

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