Raspberry almond dream cake recipe

Celebrate Raspberry Cake Day with this elegant dessert

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Almond-flavored cake, raspberry preserves and frangipane (a soft almond paste) combine to create a delicious and sophisticated layered dessert.

Raspberry almond dream cake

Serves 12



  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  • 3/4 cup (about 7 ounces) almond paste (not marzipan)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Raspberry preserves

Almond buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 cups almonds, toasted and crushed


  1. First, make your frangipane, as it can be kept in the fridge for weeks. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the almond paste until it is crumbly.
  2. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, egg, flour and salt. Continue to pulse until the mixture is combined and smooth. Cover it tightly and refrigerate until needed.
  3. To prepare the cakes: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two (9-inch) round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
  6. Combine the sugar and the butter and beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until very light.
  7. Beat in the extracts, then add 1/3 of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.
  8. Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
  9. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
  10. Finally, give the batter a good 2-minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly-mixed and well-aerated.
  11. Divide the batter between the pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  12. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch -- a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean.
  13. Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes -- then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners.
  14. Cool completely, then cut each layer in half horizontally. (It helps tremendously to freeze the layers for about 30 minutes first.)
  15. To make the frosting, beat the butter with an electric mixer for a few minutes.
  16. Add the extract and milk and briefly blend.
  17. Add the powdered sugar gradually until the frosting is thick enough to spread easily. If the frosting is too dry, add additional milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  18. To assemble, liberally brush the four sides of exposed cake with the raspberry preserves.
  19. Divide the frangipane into thirds and slather it between the halved and preserved layers (stacking as you go), then frost the sides and top in a decorative fashion.
  20. Press the toasted almonds into the sides, if desired. Chill for a bit to let things mingle, then slice and serve!

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