Almond Cake

This Almond Cake is super easy to make, it’s gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. It has a soft and gooey texture, a rich and nutty flavor.

This is a delightful and elegant dessert, perfect for any occasion.

almond cake slice on a plate, topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.

The decadent texture of this almond cake reminds me of an almond croissant filling.

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We use ricotta for an extra rich creamy texture, and orange zest to help brighten up the rich nutty almond flavor.

almond cake with almonds and powdered sugar on top, and the cake is on top of a wooden board.

Almond Cake Recipe

In this post I will show you how to make this easy Almond Cake Recipe.

Below on the page you can find a list of the ingredient amounts you will need. Here you can enjoy some instructions alongside pictures to guide you through this recipe.

Cake Batter

Let’s make the cake batter by beating the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.

Add the sugar and beat for one minute. Now it’s time to add the eggs. Make sure to add one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.

Along with the final egg, you can also add the vanilla and almond extract.

Mix to combine.

first picture: bowl with butter inside and an electric mixer beating the butter. second picture: granulated sugar added to a mixing bowl with whipped butter. third picture: bowl with butter and sugar beat together, and one egg added to the bowl. fourth picture: bowl with sugar and butter whipped together, with an egg added and vanilla extract.

Add the ricotta, and orange zest, and stir until incorporated.

Pour the almond flour and salt in the bowl, and mix to combine, until a smooth batter has formed.

first picture: bowl with batter inside, and ricotta and orange zest in the bowl. second picture: bowl with batter inside and added almond flour to the bowl. third picture: bowl with almond cake batter inside. fourth picture: hand stirring with a spatula the batter in the bowl.

Baking

Spread the batter on the bottom of a 8-inch pan greased and lined with parchment paper. Use a spatula to smooth out the batter on an even layer.

Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake.

first picture: almond cake batter inside of a cake pan lined with parchment paper. second picture: hand smoothing out almond cake batter in a cake pan. third picture: hand pouring sliced almonds on top of cake batter. fourth picture: cake pan with batter inside and almonds on top.

Once the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool in the cake pan for 20 minutes, then flip onto a wire rack or cake plate.

almond cake on top of a wooden board.

Storage and Serving

Store the cake in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze this cake for up to 2 months. Make sure to wrap in plastic and place in an air tight container.

Thaw the cake by letting it sit on the counter for about 1 hour, or in the fridge overnight.

Always let the cake sit outside of the fridge for about 20 minutes before serving for the best texture.

I like to serve the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar on top. You can also make an almond glaze, which is highlighted in the notes of the recipe below.

For a truly indulgent treat, serve slices of the Almond Cake with a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Serve the cake with fresh berries to make it look even more elegant and appetizing.

almond cake with almonds and powdered sugar on top, and the cake is on top of a wooden board.

Almond Flour

Can I use almond meal instead of almond flour? Almond meal is the same thing as almond flour: ground almonds, but almond meal is made from unpeeled almonds, while almond flour is made from blanched almonds.

You can use almond meal instead of almond flour for this recipe, the cake will have tiny speckles from the almond skin.

Variations and Substitutions

This cake is perfect for a nice brunch, or fancy breakfast, or simply when you are in the mood to eat something delicious.

You will never get tired of this recipe, because there are so many variations you can try! Here are some ways to switch up this recipe:

  • Add lemon zest instead of orange zest, and glaze the cake with a lemon glaze. Find a lemon glaze recipe on the notes section of the recipe below.
  • Cover the cake with an almond glaze instead of the powdered sugar. Follow the instructions on the recipe card notes to make the almond glaze.
  • Add blueberries to the batter of the cake before baking. About 1/4 cup of blueberries, or to taste.
  • You can replace the ricotta in the batter for mascarpone cheese.
almond cake slice on a plate, topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.

I made this recipe three times to make sure it would be perfect before I could share it. And it has exceeded my expectations, this is an absolutely delicious way to use up almond flour, and make a tasty delicious cake.

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almond cake slice on a plate, topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.
almond cake slice on a plate, topped with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.

Almond Cake

Camila Hurst
This Almond Cake is super easy to make, it’s gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. It has a soft and gooey texture, a rich and nutty flavor.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature (141 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200 grams
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup whole milk ricotta 174 grams
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 1/2 cup almond flour 240 grams
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Topping
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 8-inch round pan with parchment paper, and grease it.
  • Beat the butter for 30 seconds in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl and beat for one minute.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure one egg is incorporated before adding the next one. Scrape the bowl in between additions. Along with the final egg, you can add the almond and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until incorporated.
  • Add the ricotta and orange zest, mix on low to combine.
  • Add the almond flour and salt, and mix until incorporated.
  • Once the batter is smooth, pour it over the pan. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
  • Top the cake with 1/3 cup of sliced almonds. Shake the pan around gently to spread out the almonds evenly.
Baking
  • Bake the cake in the pre-heated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake. When you touch the top of the cake, it shouldn’t feel like it’s jiggly underneath it.
  • Remove the cake from the oven. Let the cake cool down for about 20 minutes in the pan.
  • Flip it onto a cooling rack, let it cool down completely before serving.
  • Before slicing and serving the cake, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
Storage
  • Store the cake in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze the cake for up to 2 months.
  • When you store the cake in the fridge, let it come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
  • When storing the cake in the freezer, let it thaw at room temperature for an hour or so, or let it thaw in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
  • Let it come to room temperature before serving.

Notes

Pan: I used an 8″ springform pan for easy removal, and because the batter is thick enough to be able to get baked in the springform pan. I lined the sides and the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
Lemon/Orange zest: You can leave the zest out if desired. Or you can use lemon zest, and serve the cake with a lemon glaze. To make the quick lemon, or orange glaze, mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 to 2 tbsp of citrus, and a teaspoon of zest. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
Toppings: You can serve this cake with berries, ice cream, whipped cream. Or make an almond glaze by mixing 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 to 2 tbsp of almond milk (or any milk) and a dash of almond extract. Whisk the glaze until smooth, and pour over the cooled cake. Let the glaze set for a few minutes before slicing.
Ricotta: You can substitute the ricotta for mascarpone cheese instead.
Keyword almond, cake

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7 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I think the measurement of the almond flour in grams is incorrect, it threw me off while making it. 2.5 cups is not equal to 240 grams, 1 cup is 240 grams. I went ahead with 2.5 cups but you may want to correct it for your metric users.
    Thank you,
    Demet

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