Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is a must-visit for any serious foodie or just those who love a great bakery. We took inspiration for this Plum Crumble Almond Cake from a breakfast cake they sell, a recipe for which appears in their cookbook. Our favorite Almond Tea Cake batter forms the moist base for a layer of plums topped with buttery crumbs.
Plum Almond Cake
You can use an assortment of fruit; peaches, cherries, raspberries, blueberries would all work well. Even a layer of quality fruit preserves could be used in place of the fresh fruit. As much as we’d enjoy this for breakfast, it really makes a perfect summer dessert. Slice it thinly and you can justify a dollop of cream on the side.
Here’s the recipe for Plum Crumble Almond Cake.
Looking for a moist butter cake that’s not too sweet, something to serve with coffee or tea after a light supper or brunch? Are you a fan of poppy seeds? If the answer is “yes”, then this is the recipe for you. The batter for our buttery Bundt cake surrounds a surprise swirl of poppy seed filling. There’s a nutty quality to the seeds that contrasts nicely with the tangy sour cream and lemon in the batter.
Poppy Butter Mini Bundt Cake
Bake the cake into a sumptuous loaf or in mini pans as we did for the photograph. (This recipe makes 8 mini Bundt cakes or one 10-inch cake.) For chocolate or spice lovers, our Chocolate, Almond or Cinnamon Schmears™ would work well in this recipe. And consider dressing it up with a light sugar or lemon glaze.
Here’s the Poppy Butter Bundt Cake recipe.
Don’t be deceived by the picture.
Almond Polenta Cake
This isn’t a corn muffin but a delectably crumbly moist almond cake. The addition of cornmeal to the batter gives it a golden hue and delicate crust when bakes. Serve these cakes with fresh berries, a dollop of thick yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Rhubarb compote would be an excellent accompaniment. And the batter can be baked in a round cake pan for slicing.
Here’s the Individual Almond Polenta Cake recipe.
Looking for a suitable foil for a rich Almond Paste Buttercream, we came across a recipe for Ginger Cake in How to Cook by British cooking authority, Delia Smith. Almond flavors pair well with this moist cake, which we’ve adapted and streamlined with delicious results. Select mild honey and light molasses to add a subtle not overpowering flavor. And be certain that your ground, dried ginger is fresh and of good quality; inferior or stale products can add a musty note. The Almond Buttercream makes enough to coat a two or three-tier cake. Freeze the extra and use it on another batch of this ginger cake or any simple chocolate or all-butter cake.
Here’s the Triple Ginger Cake with Almond Paste Buttercream recipe.
Orange Coconut Almond Cake
A few years back we were looking for something special for Mother’s Day. We turned to Dede Wilson’s luscious book, Wedding Cakes You Can Make, a step-by-step guide for the bride and baker-to-be. She adds almond paste to her basic yellow cake recipe for one special creation.
This gave us the idea for our Mother’s Day cake. Here we made a light almond butter cake filled and frosted with a simple orange buttercream. Large flake coconut pressed into the sides of the frosted cake give it a festive look although any type of unsweetened coconut can be used. Decorate the top with fresh mint, pansies or other edible flowers if you like.
For a recipe everyone including Mom will love, read on.
Sculpting with marzipan is really child’s play so do not be daunted. Yes, people do create unimaginably lovely creations using marzipan and a fine artist’s sculpting skill. But mere mortals and their guests can have fun with it.
These delicious treats can be made up to a week ahead and stored in an airtight container before serving.