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Inspired by Claude Monet’s favorite confection, this cake is subtle in taste, redolent of almond, and the kirsch adds a hint of cherry—no need to say more. Except that if you’ve eaten healthy and saved all week by cooking with us Five Dollar Foodies, here’s a treat.

Makes 10 Servings - $1.08 per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (plus extra for the pan)
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch (or other liqueur)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour (almond meal)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • Optional garnishes: 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted; 1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted; crème fraiche, 8 oz 
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 30-40 minutes

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a pie plate or shallow 8-inch cake pan.
2. Cream together in a medium-size mixing bowl the butter and sugar, beating until smoothly textured and fluffed.
3. Crack eggs into a separate bowl (taking care that no shell falls into the eggs) and beat them slowly into the butter-sugar mixture. Add the almond flour gradually, then the kirsch* and mix thoroughly. Next add the all-purpose flour, mixing until well combined.
4. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until light golden in color.
5. Allow cake to cool before garnishing with the sifted confectioner’s sugar and sliced almonds. With a sharp knife, cut the cake into10 servings and add a dab of crème fraiche (or whipped cream) alongside each one.

*Note: Kirsch is flavored with cherry; other possibilities are triple sec (orange), brandy, or framboise (raspberry).

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Michael G. on 2/5/2018
This was a terrific Almond Cake! Very easy to make and very easy to eat. I left out the Kirsch...only because I didn’t have any - this time. Very quick to do using a stand mixer, this made the process simple. Baking time for my oven was 40 minutes and a lovely smell in the kitchen, which ends with a wonderful dessert...adding the slivered almonds and powdered sugar after the cake had cooled completed this perfectly! A go-to cake for any occasion...or just a sit down with a pot of tea in late afternoon.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thank you for your comments and glad you liked it! Having it in the late afternoon with a pot of tea sounds like the perfect way to enjoy it. We'll be sure to do that the next time we need to cap off - or maybe even to cut short - a long day at the office:)