Almond Cake (Torta del Cielo)
This Almond Cake belongs to Italian, Spanish, and Mexican cuisines. In Spanish ‘Torta del Cielo’ means “heavenly cake”. Probably it is a bit pretentious, but the cake is very delicious, very tasty and unbelievably easy to prepare. Anyone can make it!
The Almond Cake is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. When I was baking it for the first time, I thought it was such a simple-looking cake with nothing special about it. But later, when I dusted it with powdered sugar and garnished with almond slices I had to change my mind – so elegant it looked. And after I tasted it, I can say: ‘No doubt – this Almond Cake deserves a holiday table’.
- 1 ¼ cup almonds
- 2 sticks (225g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Sliced or chopped almonds for decoration
Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
Lightly grease the cake form with butter. Lay the bottom of the form with parchment paper. Butter it.
In a food processor grind almonds to the state of coarse flour.
Add butter and sugar. Blend.
Add eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Blend.
Add flour and salt. Stir.
Put the dough into the form.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes.
Cool in the form on a rack.
Remove the cake from the form, transfer it on a serving dish. Dust with powdered sugar. Decorate the cake with almonds.
Cook with pleasure!