Wednesday 27 August 2014

Almond Butter Bundt Cake

Almond Butter Bundt Cake
When I set the theme for our last cake club, I was convinced that 'The Nutcracker' would be easy. The problem was choice. I had a few ideas in my arsenal, but was struggling to decide on just one. Then I remembered I had squirrelled away a jar of almond butter for just such an occasion. I like to collect nice ingredients because I know one day they will be transformed into something magical. 

It turns out that this cake is popular with the fellas. It's a big cake with a dense yet moist crumb, and has a decent weight to it when held. The cake itself isn't too sweet (despite 425g of sugar!) but the light icing and fruit on top just give it a gentle lift. Although it can also be made with peanut butter, I think the almond makes it that bit more interesting. 

  • 275g unsalted butter 
  • 425g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 150g almond butter (I used Meridian). Give it a good stir before using.
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp low fat plain yogurt

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Cherries and whole almonds to decorate

  1. Grease and flour a regular sized bundt tin (2.4l, 10 cup, 10 inch). 
  2. Soften the butter then add in half of the sugar and beat for about a minute. Then add the rest of the sugar and beat until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the almond extract.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time on a low speed.
  5. Using a spatula, blend in all of the almond butter. It will look a bit sloppy... 
  6. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  7. Fold in half of the flour mixture, followed by the yogurt, then the rest of the flour. 
  8. Give the whole thing a quick whizz for about 10 seconds just to combine everything properly.
  9. Pour the batter into the tin and smooth out. 
  10. Bake your cake at gas 4/180 C for 45 minutes, then turn the temperature down to gas 3/160 C for around another 25-30 minutes. As aways, you'll know it's done when a skewer comes out clean and the cake is shrinking from the edges of the tin.
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out.
  12. Allow to cool completely before icing. I mean it. Unless of course you want a soggy mess.
  13. To make the icing add the almond extract to the icing sugar, with enough water to make a runny icing. Tip it over the cake with confidence! It knows... 
  14. Decorate with fresh cherries and a few whole almonds.
Almond Butter Bundt Cake
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  1. How funny, I've been thinking about making a chocolate almond butter cake myself!

  2. so pretty and so perfect inside too. I love the idea of almond butter too. I will be hunting that down!


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