Speaking of new habits, lets talk about a old habit for a minute...cake! I made this cake during Thanksgiving and I have yet to share the recipe with you. I enjoy baking so much. I love taking something out of nothing and creating something delicious; makeup, cake - same thing right? haha. At least I think so! Below is a pretty simple recipe of an Almond cake I love. This cake does take time, but just take your time and try to enjoy the process!
First, you will need 4 large eggs, 1 1/5 cup sugar and 3/4 cup plan or greek yogurt. Mix together.
Then you will need 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 3/4 cups almond meal, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon almond extract. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Mix together.
Lastly, add 3/4 cups sunflower oil, grape seed or canola oil. Mix well & set aside.
In the meantime, toast 1/2 cups sliced almonds.
While the almonds are toasting, start making your glaze. You will need 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 3/4 cup powdered sugar (also use at the end to sprinkle on top! I totally forgot to sprinkle this at the end - but it does make it much prettier!)
Take a 9inch pan, spray it with baking spray and line bottom of pan with parchment paper; I didn't do this the first time and I struggled! It makes it easier for you to flip the cake over later, otherwise it gets stuck in there. Pour the batter into your 9inch pan and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Once it gets a bit red, its ready! Don't overbake it; stick a q tip in the middle, it should come out clean. Pull it out of the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Once it is somewhat cool, turn the cake over into the plate of your choice and pull out the parchment paper. Take your glaze and spread it all over the cake with a pastry brush, then take your almonds and sprinkle the almonds all over the cake. Add some almonds to the sides of the cake by patting them on, otherwise they will fall off. Once it's cool completely, sprinkle your sugar powder all over it.
Voila! French Almond Cake (minus the sugar powder). Yours should be much fluffier than mine! I was trying to make 2 cakes out of one so I separated the second half into a second baking. Sneaky, I know lol. Super delicious, no overpowering of any taste, simple to make and something your guests are sure to love! Enjoy!
3/4 cup plain or greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups almond flour meal
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cups sunflower, grapeseed or canola oil
for the glaze:
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cups sliced almonds