Norwegian almond cake
We bought some new food containers not too long ago, which meant that I had to rearrange several of our kitchen cabinets to make room for them. During this process of shifting and purging, my precious baking pan for Norwegian almond cake was pulled from the bottom of a pile.
Of course, ever since the pan to came to light, I’ve been craving this cake. Yesterday I gave into the crave, and now I’m wondering what took me so long!
This beautiful cake was easy to make - only a wooden spoon, whisk, and mixing bowl were required. It has a fine, moist crumb, a crispy, crunchy edge, and it tastes incredible.
My mother in law gave me this pan over fifteen years ago. I suppose you could make an almond cake in any cake pan, but I think the pretty, unique shape is part of the charm. I just looked, and if you search on Amazon for “almond cake pan”, you will find quite a few options.
The recipe I use came along with the pan, so I can’t credit any source other than my mother in law. Thank you, Doris!
- 1-¼ cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-½ teaspoons almond extract
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1-¼ c all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Powdered sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the inside of your cake pan. Knock out excess flour. (Alternatively, I suppose you could use non-stick spray, but I haven’t tried that.)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg with the sugar and almond extract. Combine the baking powder with the flour, and add to the egg/sugar mixture along with the milk. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Finally stir in the melted butter.
Sprinkle sliced almonds over the length of the prepared cake pan. Pour cake batter into the pan, over the almonds.
Bake cake until edges are a deep golden brown – about 50 minutes. Check to see if the cake is done using a toothpick in center. Toothpick should come out clean.
Let cake cool thoroughly before inverting it onto a plate. It might take a little nudging to get it out of the pan. I used a thin knife to go around the two ends, and then used a gently pry method on the sides. When it released from the pan, it all came out cleanly.
Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.