Almond Pound Cake with Lemon

There are several variations of this cake, but this is the one that I like best. Note the use of almond oil as an ingredient. Try to find[ one that is very fragrant (many are not). This cake is easy to make and great served with fresh berries or good ice cream.]

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup fragrant almond oil
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 12 ounces almond paste, cut into pieces
  • 2 large lemons, zested and juiced
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Directions
  • Using a tablespoon or so of the almond oil, lightly oil the bottom of an 8-inch cake pan. Line with a round of parchment, lightly oil this with another tablespoon or so of the oil and then dust with flour shaking out the excess.

  • With an electric mixer beat the butter, remaining oil (you should have around 1/3 cup) and sugar together until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the almond paste, lemon zest and juice and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time making sure each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Fold in the flour and baking powder.

  • Pour batter in prepared pan and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out nearly clean. While cake is baking, combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and over moderate heat stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  • When cake is done, cool on a rack for 15 minutes and then turn cake out to cool completely. Transfer cake, topside up to a plate and brush glaze over the top so that it soaks in completely. Cake can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.


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