Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam

Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam is like a pound cake with the added bonus of having a heavenly almond flavor and a raspberry filled center.

Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam

The reader who requested this recipe from Bon Appetit magazine’s RSVP section, where readers ask the magazine to try and secure a restaurant recipe, commented that she could not get enough of this Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam.

I get that, it’s a great cake and the jam filling is perfect. Both texture and flavor are outstanding but…wait, make that a big bold BUT for me with this one.

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Sucker fell. Twice. When I made it the first time, I presumed I would take some photos in the morning and serve it at the monthly meeting of my food blogger group, Front Range Foodies.

Then it caved in the middle, big time. Think of a sink hole. It’s supposed to be split in the middle and then slathered with jam and put back together.

I have to chuckle…it would have been a matter of cutting the outside edge into two pieces…there simply was not that kind of height in the center. The cut would have simply passed over the center portion of the cake and I would have had one layer and just a donut shape for the top. I’m not kidding.

Now, I’m not blaming the restaurant or the recipe. No..I’ve had PLENTY of these experiences in my 25 years in Denver. It is the consequence of living at high altitude.

The thing is, I sort of thought I had it figured out. Raise the oven temp, eliminate some leavening, don’t overbeat…the list goes on and it can be a puzzle getting it just right (Here are my tips for High Altitude Baking and Cooking if you live up in the clouds too). 

I don’t like making things twice; as a matter of fact typically I would not. But after lamenting to the group (who are so wonderful no one made me feel like an abject failure…we all live at altitude!) I set it out to serve and decided to make it again after everyone had left. I couldn’t accept Almond Cake #FAIL right? Wrong.

I thought I knew where I might have erred the first go around. Lesser well known than the issues with leavening agents are what can happen with overbeating. Our higher altitude and less dense air plays with the science of baked goods rising, and too much rising, even in the form of beating til fluffy, can see a baked good rise too fast in the oven and then deflate before the baking has actually set components in place.

This recipe required that the butter, sugar and almond paste be beat for 3 minutes to get fluffy so I guessed that I had beat that mixture more than I should have. To combat a repeat, I was determined to beat those ingredients precisely for 2 minutes. And raise the oven temp to 365 degrees, eliminate another 1/4 tsp of baking powder and use extra large eggs to make sure the end result was not dry.

That was so much better even if it had a little dip. Not as bad…but still, it’s there. A little depression in the middle. So, considering this is NOT a professional kitchen and twice is once more than normal for me…it is time to punt and just make it work.

If I’m making a cake with frosting…well, that frosting can mask a multitude of errors but this cake was not being frosted. It’s supposed to be split remember? The depression the second time was minor so there was improvement and I decided it best to follow through with the recipe as written except for substituting an amazing raspberry jam for the boysenberry that was specified.

I put the ‘not quite perfect’ half layer on the bottom and followed the rest of the directions, very thankful that they included a dollop of whipped cream on top. Ah…a disguise! Perfect. And really…a totally fabulous cake!

By the way… and this is important! I never write recipes on this site that include my revisions for high altitude. My recipes are written for the majority of the world at sea level and in this case it was Bon Appetit’s recipe. But if you are a mile high like I am…next time I’ll eliminate more baking powder…there will be a next time for me. We loved this cake!

Recipe from February 2011 Bon Appetit
Locanda Verde, TriBeCa, New York NY

Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam

Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam

A delicious, easy cake that's reminiscent of pound cake that's split in two and filled with raspberry jam.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Cakes, Cupcakes & Cheesecake
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 443 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cup plus 1 Tbsp almond paste.
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • cup raspberry jam or boysenberry, blackberry, strawberry…I would even love it with peach jam!
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 8 in round cake pan with two inch sides. Line bottom with parchment or waxed paper and butter again.
  • Blend sugar and almond paste in processor til finely ground.
  • Put flour, salt and baking powder into small bowl and whisk to blend.
  • Using electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and almond paste on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating on medium high until each is incorporated.
  • Fold in dry ingredients and transfer mix to pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes without opening oven, rotate pan and bake until cake is golden and firm to the touch. (Another high altitude change…I only baked mine for at most 35 minutes total).
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes, run knife around outer edge, invert cake onto flat surface and remove paper from the bottom. Turn over and cook on rack.
  • Cut cake in half horizontally using a long serrated knife (bread knife is perfect). See Notes.
  • Using the bottom of a tart pan, transfer the top half of the cake to a work surface.
  • Put remaining piece of cake, cut side up, on cake plate and spread the surface with jam. Place top half of cake on top of jam, cut side down.
  • Dust with confectioner's sugar and served with lightly sweetened whipping cream of desired.

Notes

NOTE: To evenly cut the cake, measure the overall height. Then mark the halfway point with toothpicks at several points all around the cake. Use these toothpicks as your guide to slowly cut the cake in half with a serrated knife.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam
Serving Size
 
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
443
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Cholesterol
 
131
mg
44
%
Sodium
 
440
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
45
g
15
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
443
Keyword almonds, boysenberry, cake, dessert, jam, raspberry
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10 Comments

  1. I love how you didn’t give up and made it again. Sunken or not, it’s gorgeous and it looks just perfect to me! I am craving a slice and all that luscious whipped cream. Please bring me some;)

  2. This looks just like the Victoria sponge recipe that I have been trying to make without much luck. You have inspired me to give it another try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. Sorry, Barbara, I don’t really see the sink hole. I think it looks perfect! I love the layer of jam to give a cake like this some fruity oomph. This is such a great cake and just the kind my men love to nibble on all day.

  4. I always learn a lot from recipe failure. I hate it, don’t get me wrong, but I always try to learn what I can. Glad you tried it again, even if it did not turn out the way you wanted. 🙂

  5. Barb, I loved it and actually wished I had taken a small sliver with me for my Sunday breakfast since I love cake for breakfast, especially one with almond taste. How about you bake it again for this month meeting to give it another test bake with less baking powder. I would LIKE that a lot!!
    Enjoy the beautiful day.
    Kirsten

  6. You had me fooled…I was amazed at the photos and kept thinking, “Why can’t I do that?” I do understand the frustration, though. Fortunately for me, I was going to frost my disaster. The cake does sound wonderful…especially the raspberry pomegranate jam!

  7. The disguise had me totally fooled! When I saw the first picture I just thought, wow, she has that plated so nicely.

    This does sound delicious – I just might have to try it down here at sea level. I love anything with almond paste!

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