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For this month’s International Food Challenge, Saraswathi challenged us with some Dutch delicacies. I wanted to do a bake that I can use for today’s bake-a-thon. Today happens to be the last day of the bake-a-thon and I am ending it on a sweet note. I was debating between a cookie and cake and when I asked U, he voted for the cake. I made Dutch butter cake. It was delicious and we finished it off in a day.
The cake is bit on a sweeter side and I liked it as I have a sweet tooth. U said it was very sweet for his taste but that did not stop him from eating it. I read that this cake tastes better the next day. I saved couple of slices for next day but I only got to taste a small piece. I did not notice any difference and since U tasted most of the slices the next day, he said it tasted the same even the next day but was softer.
I made ½ the recipe and the recipe listed below is half the original recipe. 20-25 minutes into baking, my kitchen was filled with the aroma of almond flavored cake. This recipe is a keep, if one doesn’t mind the calories 🙂 This cake would make a nice snack or even a dessert. This is also a nice cake to take on road trips and picnics.
Total Time: 39 – 45 minutes
Preparation: 10 – 15 minutes
Bake Time: 29 – 30 minutes
Yields: 8 slices, one 8” round cake
- 1 ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ cup ~ 1 stick Butter, softened (I left it on the counter for 1 hour & cut it into small cubes)
- ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ tbsp. Almond Extract
- 8 Almond Halves or Sliced Almonds (I used approximately 2 – 3 tbsp. blanched sliced almonds)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease 8” round cake pan or 9” pie pan and keep aside.
- Take flour and baking powder in a bowl, mix and keep aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With my hand held mixer it took about 2-3 minutes. The softer the butter, sooner the sugar and butter mixture becomes creamy & fluffy.
- Reserve 1 – 1 ½ tsp. of beaten egg and add the rest to the butter mixture and mix.
- Add almond extract and mix.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low or fold setting and fold in the flour. I used an electric mixer to fold in the flour but a sturdy spoon can also be used. Cake batter will be stiff.
- Transfer batter to greased pan and press it evenly.
- Press almond halves or sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the cake batter. I used sliced almonds.
- Brush the top of the cake with beaten egg and bake in preheated oven for 28-30 minutes until the cake is golden brown. I baked for 29 minutes.
- Let the cake cool in the pan, slice the cake into wedges and serve.
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