Vanilla Almond Birthday Cake

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This vanilla layer cake is elevated with almond paste, making it super tasty and moist! I love using fruit in baking as well, and the addition of blackberries in the frosting adds a sweet freshness.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 oz almond paste
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 c white sugar

For the Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup blackberry “jam”

For the Blackberry “Jam”

  • 1 cup of fresh blackberries
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • splash of water
  • lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºf. You’ll need three 6-inch cake pans, sprayed with coconut oil.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. With mixer, beat almond paste and egg yolks until well blended in a large bowl. Add in vanilla and almond extract and mix. Set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites and salt with a mixer until peaks form. In parts, beat in sugar and continue to mix until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture. After mixed, gradually fold in the flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pans as evenly as possible. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool.
  6. In a sauce pan, heat blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice on low until it comes to a steady boil. Using fork, crush blackberries and continue stirring. Cook for about 20 minutes and let cool. You can strain the blackberries if you want for a more even mixture (I didn’t) or keep as is.
  7. For the frosting, whip up the heavy cream to soft peaks. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and almond extract, and continue whipping to stiff peaks. Once the blackberry “jam” has cooled, fold it into the whipped cream mixture and decorate as you wish!

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Katherine in Brooklyn

I've lived in Brooklyn for the past four years and I'm a home cook and baker. I love creating new recipes in my kitchen and sharing the stories behind the recipes, as well as in my life! I've been growing my blog over the past couple of years and it's become the perfect creative outlet for my true enjoyment of baking.

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