Almond Cake with Almond Butter Frosting and Toasted Almonds
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar, plus more for pan
1 cup cake flour
3/4 cup Mandelin Whole Blanched Almonds
1 teaspoon. baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 vanilla bean, seeds scrapped
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
4 to 5 apricots, pitted and sliced into wedges
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup Mandelin Natural Roasted Almond Butter
3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cup Mandelin Natural Sliced Almonds, toasted
Sliced apricots, for garnish
For the cake:
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Butter inside of tart pan with removeable bottom and sprinkle sugar inside pan to coat; dump off excess.
In food processor, combine flour, almond flour, almonds, baking powder and salt. Pulse until mixture is finely ground with no large visible pieces of almonds.
In stand mixer fit with paddle, combine butter, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla seeds. Beat on high for 4 to 5 minutes until mixture appears light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined after each addition. Continue to whip mixture for an additional 4 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Stop mixer and carefully add all dry ingredients (flour, almond meal, almond pieces, baking powder and salt); mix on low speed until incorporated.
Scrape down sides of mixing bowl to ensure mixture is homogenous. Add sour cream; continue to incorporate on low speed.
Arrange apricot slices inside buttered and sugared 9- or 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Pour thick batter over apricot pieces and then sprinkle remaining sugar over top of poured cake. Bake on sheet tray and rotate half-way through baking time. Bake cake 50 to 55 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Baking time will vary, but to ensure doneness, use cake tester. Let cake cool on wire rack before transferring to cake dish to frost.
For the frosting:
In mixer fit with paddle, combine softened butter with almond butter; whip until well mixed and soft.
Add powdered sugar; reduce speed and mix to incorporate. Powdered sugar will thicken frosting. To adjust consistency, thin with milk, one tablespoon at a time.
Keep frosting inside stand mixer. Place layer of plastic film on surface of frosting to prevent hardening.
After cake is completely cool, spread top with thin layer of frosting.
Garnish outside of cake with toasted almond slices.
To serve, slice cake into portions and garnish with slices of ripe, fresh pitted apricots.
Created by Chef John McConnell for Almond Board of California