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.
Egg-Shaped Almond Cakes for Easter
Our favorite almond tea cake batter can be baked in a variety of pans. For Easter, we suggest baking it in small egg-shaped pans, although any mini muffin tin works perfectly as well. The secret is to grease the pans heavily to help the cakes release easily. You do not need to invest in multiple sets of pans. Just bake the batter in a few successive batches. When unmolded, these pullet-sized cakes are a lovely golden brown. A dusting of powdered sugar or a coating with a light lemon glaze would be delicious but we like chocolate best of all.
For the recipe, click here.
King Arthur Flour's King Cake Mix
New Orleans is gearing up for Mardi Gras, Feb 16, 2010. Our friends at King Arthur Flour have come up with a nifty kit for making King Cake, the signature sweet of Fat Tuesday. If you’ve a hankering to try your hand at making this brioche-like ring full of sweet almond filling, visit their web site.
Click here for the King Arthur Flour King Cake Mix.