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Vanilla Almond Layer Cake

Vanilla Almond Layer Cake

When you serve this almond cake, people will think it came from a bakery! For a perfect weekend treat, make this cake along with a delicious golden milk latte and you will be in heaven.

If you are looking for an amazing dessert that tastes and looks like you bought it at a nice European bakery, then this Almond Layer Cake recipe is for you! Like all of my desserts, this cake is super easy to make, uses only 1 bowl and requires no special baking skills.

This is a quick almond cake recipe that makes a great Fall cake or a nice cake for holidays. You can use it for any special occasion!

I like making this almond flavored cake as a 2 layer cake because I love the whipped vanilla cream center. You can easily make this recipe into a single cake and just omit the layer cake and filling. Nothing changes on the recipe other than the baking time.

I highly recommend making the layer cake version with the filling!

Ingredients to make this almond cake:

  • slivered almonds
  • almond syrup (or extract)
  • almond flour
  • vanilla extract
  • All purpose flour
  • eggs
  • sour cream (or yogurt)
  • vegetable oil
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy whipping cream

The steps to making this vanilla almond cake recipe are so simple. There is no sifting, no crazy mess from lots of bowls and it is fun! You actually get to paint on your almond flavor on to the cake!

I have included a quick video of the assembling and putting together of the cake. It really is a quick almond cake recipe and it comes out beautiful each time!

About the almond flavor in this cake:

The flavor of the almonds in this almond cake is not overpowering which allows the other flavors of the cake to come through and make the cake more balanced.

I am not a fan of overly strong almond flavored desserts so this cake reflects that with it’s more subtle notes. This recipe uses an almond syrup.

It is a flavored syrup that is already sweetened and you can find it anywhere that sells flavored syrups for baking or for coffee. If you prefer a much stronger almond flavor, you can substitute almond extract for the almond syrup in the recipe.

The flour:

As the name says, this cake is made with almonds and it also has some almond flour in it. I use a mix of almond flour and all purpose flour to keep the cake a little lighter.

Traditional almond cake will be made with all almond flour but I prefer to mix in some all purpose. I have also made it without the almond flour and substituted regular all purpose flour and it tastes just as amazing that way.

cake recipe

This is great served with fresh brewed coffee or tea and can be served for dessert after dinner or just as a mid afternoon treat.

Whether you are looking for a special Fall cake recipe or holiday recipe this cake is easy and impressive. Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you thought 🙂

Vanilla Almond Layer Cake

A moist and delicious cake made with a mix of regular and almond flour and the most delicious whipped vanilla cream center.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
cooling and resting30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • 2 9 inch round cake pans

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely ground almond flour Store bought or homemade. If you do not have this then regular all purpose flour will be fine
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp almond almond syrup
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

For the glaze

  • 1/8 cup almond syrup or almond extract if you want a stronger almond flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cups slivered almonds toasted

For Vanilla Whipped Cream Center

  • 1 pint heavy whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C).
  • Spray 2, 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray.
  • Line the bottom of pans with parchment paper and spray parchment paper lightly. Set aside
  • Place almonds in a pan on the stove over medium low heat. Spread to a single layer. Cook, turning often until they are browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from stove and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, sugar, and eggs, stirring until well blended.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, salt and extract. Stir to combine.
  • Add the oil and mix well for about 2 minutes until the oil mixes in with the batter.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until a cake tester (toothpick) inserted into the center comes out clean. Oven times will vary. Be careful not to over bake.
  • Cool cakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes; then turn them out of the pan onto the rack so that the top of the cake is now the bottom.
  • Take one layer of your cake and leave the other layer for later.

Adding the Glaze

  • While cake is still warm, using a pastry brush, gently brush the glaze all over the cake. Keep doing this until all the glaze is gone. (Remember, you are only decorating one layer of your cake. This layer is the top.)
  • Some of it will drip off, but most of it will soak in.
  • Sprinkle almonds over the top of cake in a single layer while glaze is wet and pat down gently.
  • Allow cake to cool completely.

Making the Vanilla Whipped Cream center

  • In a large bowl, add your whipping cream and vanilla and with a hand mixer, whip for about 2 minutes.
  • Next add your powdered sugar and whip until the sugar is incorporated and the whipped cream is nice and thick.

Assembling

  • Once both of your cake layers are completely cool, place the non decorated layer of cake on a cake stand or plate.
  • Next add your whipped cream filling on top of this cake making sure to gently push the whipped cream to the edges of the cake.
  • Now gently place your decorated cake layer with the almonds on top of the whipped cream.
  • Make sure it is centered.
  • Once your cake is assembled, dust it with powdered sugar.
  • enjoy!

Notes

If you want to make this cake one layer:
You can easily skip the layer cake idea and just make a single cake. Everything will be the same except you will want to adjust the cooking time by adding about 10 minutes. You will only need to omit the whipping cream portion of the recipe. Here is what a single layer would look like.
almond cake
 
For a stronger almond flavor:
If you prefer a strong almond flavor in your desserts, you can substitute almond extract for the almond syrup.
 
 
 
The recipe was inspired by the Cafe Sucre Farine. I’ve adjusted some of the ingredients to my taste but the original is great as well.

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