Do you dream about being in cake heaven? Because I do! I love cake and I know you do too, so how about we make one at home. I’m thinking of trying the Toasted Almond Cake recipe. It’s so delicious and delectable that the effort is worth it.

If you love almonds, then there’s an almond influence in every component of this recipe. It’s super easy and makes a great dessert for any day. Let’s get to work!

Toasted Almond Cake Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 748 kcal


For the almond pastry cream

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3.5 tbsp butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • 2 cups milk, full fat
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 tsp almond extract

For the sponge cake

  • 2 cups sugar, granulated
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk, full fat
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, unsalted

For the toasted almonds

  • 1.5 cups almonds, slivered
  • 3 tbsp sugar, granulated
  • 1 tbsp butter, unsalted

For the frosting

  • 1.5 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp amaretto
  • A dash of heavy cream
  • 1 cup pastry cream

For the filling

  • Remaining pastry cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


For the Pastry Cream

  • In a small saucepan, pour in the milk and bring it to a boil over medium to high heat
  • In a separate deep saucepan, combine the egg yolks, cornstarch, and sugar
  • Slowly pour in ¼ cup of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisk as you go to prevent the eggs from curdling due to the heat from the milk
  • Pour the remaining milk and whisk it all well
  • Place the saucepan over medium to high heat, continue to whisk, and bring it to a boil
  • Whisk the creamy mixture constantly for 2 to 5 minutes until it thickens, remove from stove 
  • Combine vanilla and almond extracts into the cream pastry
  • Cut up the butter into cubes and whisk them in one at a time until fully incorporated
  • Place the pastry into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to prevent any skin from forming
  • Place the bowl into the fridge and let it cool for a couple of hours

For the Sponge Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9-inches cake pans
  • In a large bowl add the eggs and mix with an electric mixer
  • Pour in the sugar and beat till light and fluffy
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and continue to beat
  • Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, bring it to a boil
  • Beat the milk into the batter and add vanilla
  • Pour the batter into the pans and place them in the oven
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove from oven

For the Toasted Almonds

  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet and add the almonds, stir till golden brown
  • Add sugar and stir to cook, until caramelized
  • Place the toasted almonds on the baking tray to cool

For the Almond Frosting

  • Beat the butter till fluffy with a stand mixer or till 3 minutes
  • Add in the pastry cream at room temperature till smooth
  • Mix in the amaretto and heavy cream till smooth

For the Filling

  • Fold the whipped cream and almond extract in the remaining pastry cream

Assembling the cake

  • Slice the two cakes into horizontal halves
  • Generously spread the filling over the layer, except the top layer
  • Stack the cakes and spread the frosting evenly on all sides
  • Press the toasted almonds onto the frosting
  • Toasted Almond Cake is served!
Keyword Toasted Almond Cake Recipe

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If you make this toasted almond cake recipe at home, please let us know how it turned out! We love to hear your feedback as it gives us the encouragement to keep giving you awesome recipes. Happy baking!