Italians love nuts! Hazelnuts, pistachios, and almonds are right up there on my hit parade. Today, I am going to share with you one of the easiest cake recipes around. All you need is a food processor to whip this simple cake up in a matter of minutes. Pop it in the oven for 35-40 minutes and you have dessert. Moist. Nutty. Buttery. Swoon. Since it is summer and the height of berry season here in the Midwest, I also made a fresh blackberry sauce to accompany this great cake. Happy summer eating!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8″ cake pan with butter and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4.375 ounces) unblanched or blanched whole almonds
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7.875 ounces) granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
- 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into chunks and slightly softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup (1.5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
In the bowl of your food processor, add the almonds, sugar, salt and vanilla or almond extract. Pulse until the almonds are a fine meal consistency. Add butter and eggs. Process until mixed completely. Add the flour and baking powder. Pulse until just combined.
Transfer cake mixture to the prepared pan. Tap pan on counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles and that the mixture is evenly distributed. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack. When cool, run a knife around the edge of the cake pan and invert on a plate. Slice and serve with either powdered sugar, or a fruit compote or sauce. I took a pint of blackberries, 1/4 cup of sugar and heated on top of the stove until the berries released their liquid. Then add about 1/2 tsp of cornstarch to help thicken. Remove from heat. I then ran the berry mixture through a sieve to get rid of the seeds. Voila! Blackberry sauce. Best part. The cake is so sweet and the sauce has a hint of tartness. A perfect combo for the end of a summer meal!