Sweet Alexis Poppy Almond Cake

Elisa Barber from The Baking Hive taught us how to make a delicious cake. The recipe was inspired by her best friend who is battling stage four melanoma cancer. 
 
Sweet Alexis Poppy Almond Cake
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup (two sticks) soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 of a 7 oz tube of almond paste, crumbled
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk + 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to make buttermilk
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 Tbsp Amaretto
  • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds

Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp water
     
Directions:
  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and almond paste together.
  3. Add the eggs
  4. Mix the milk and vinegar and allow to sit to curdle the milk to make buttermilk 
  5. Then add the almond extract and Amaretto to the batter.
  6. Measure the dry ingredients and poppy seeds into the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet to the butter, beating just to combine.
  8. With mixer on low, slowly pour in the buttermilk and mix until smooth. 
  9. Spoon the batter into a greased bunt pan.
  10. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Bunt pans come in various sizes and shapes, so baking times will vary as well.
  11. Let cake sit for 5 min in bunt pan but no longer than 10 min before inverting the cake onto a wire rack or serving plate (**if you let the cake sit longer in the bunt pan, the cake will have a tendency to stick to the pan). 
  12. Cool completely before glazing.
  13. For the glaze: whisk all ingredient in a bowl until smooth. Pour glaze evenly over the cake and serve!

 


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