Almond Cake Adapted From Le Creuset

My sister would prefer not to be in the kitchen! Not ever. She can cook, and has been known to bake, but this is not a love for her. My niece Sasha however is the complete opposite. She is a natural in the kitchen, you can see it by the way she holds a knife. She loves to cook and better still, she loves to bake. I look forward to being in the kitchen with Sasha when I go up to Johannesburg to see them. Sadly, however, these visits are not going to happen again after November. Ross (my brother-in-law) was offered a transfer to Sydney with the company he works for. The opportunity is one that cannot be turned down. Sasha’s new kitchen will be halfway across the world from mine. Skype is going to become my new best friend so that I can watch my nieces grow up, and this blog is going to become a way for me to share my recipes with Sasha. As Sasha loves to eat cake, this one for an almond cake, adapted from Le Creuset, is especially for her.

Almond Cake
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Almond Cake

Recipe Category: Baking
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for the cake

  • 95 g butter
  • 95 g fructose
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 5 mls ground cinnamon
  • 5 mls vanilla paste
  • 85 g ground almonds
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 50 g flour

for the cream

  • 80 mls cream
  • 50 g flaked almonds
  • 3 drops orange essential oil - optional


  • preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  • grease a small rectangular baking dish
  • cream the butter and the fructose together
  • add the egg yolks, the ground cinnamon and the vanilla paste and mix well
  • stir in the ground almonds and the zest
  • beat the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture
  • sift in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is just combined
  • pour the batter into the dish and bake for 30 minutes
  • allow the cake to cool while you whip the cream and toast the almonds
  • fold the toasted almonds into the cream and mix in the essential oil
  • serve some of the cream with a slice of the cake

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33 thoughts on “Almond Cake Adapted From Le Creuset

  1. A wonderful opportunity for them, but very sad for you. Do I see Scotland being cancelled in favour of Sydney in your future travels?

    1. Nope, Dave and I will continue to tour Europe together as our annual holiday. Next year Scotland and the year after Italy 🙂

  2. Hi Tandy, I have enjoyed catching up with your blog now that I am home from Europe. I know you will miss your family. Your almond cake sounds like something my husband would really enjoy. We both like a simple cake and this sounds perfect.

  3. Oh no, how sad that your family are moving so far away! At least the internet does make it easy to keep in contact. My sister is in Canada, I haven’t seen her for 8 years.

    Delicious-sounding cake, it would be a winner for me, I love almonds! xx

  4. I have always thought how holding a knife can tell a lot about how someone is in the kitchen… 🙂 Oh the toasted almond cream sounds like it really pulls this dish together, sounds delicious!

  5. Johns children are coming to stay the weekend shortly and this counds like a cake that they would love with the added proteins in the nuts.. lovely, thank you tandy.. I know what it is like to be so far away from family, it will work out ok i am sure.. and meeting somewhere exotic might be marvellous! c

  6. I feel your pain. It’s difficult when a sibling, who you’ve been so close to, moves away. My brother (and sister-in-law) moved out west.

    I hope that Skype allows you to keep that connection.

  7. Hi Tandy i can imagine how difficult this is going to be. Yes skype is such a wonderful way of keeping in touch with loved ones,

  8. Tandy, this is a sweet post and I know how you feel about missing your family. Skype is certainly away to keep in touch but being there is better. I think Sasha will love this cake, as I know I certainly would!!

  9. Mmm, I love the smell/flavor/texture of almond desserts. Sounds like the perfect dessert to share with your niece. Maybe after she moves you guys can Skype together while cooking the same recipe? Then you can eat it and not feel so far apart 🙁

  10. Oh Tandy, how terribly sad for you yet as exciting for your sister and her family! Think you will have to incorporate Sydney in all of your future travel plans.
    Have a happy evening.
    🙂 Mandy

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