French Almond Cake

This has been waiting to be posted on this blog for almost two months now. I still have a lot to post but I don’t know which one should be next to the other. If I can remember it correctly, the time I baked this was the time when I wanted to finish all the chopped almonds I have.

The name of the cake was intriguing to me so I chose this among the other recipes I’ve found. The main problem I had is that I didn’t know if the measurements of the ingredients were correct. I meant how I measured the ingredients. The kitchen scale I have is not digital so it was difficult to determine if I used more or less of the ingredients required. Although I was not confident enough at the start, that didn’t hold me back from trying this recipe.

French Almond Cake Recipe


  • 90g ground almonds
  • 40g self-raising flour*
  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 120g white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate icing (recipe below)
  • Shaved/grated chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease round 8-inch baking pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix ground almonds and flour. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix butter and sugar. Add milk, eggs, vanilla extract. Add in dry ingredients.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the cover and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Remove the baking pan from the oven and let the cake stay in the pan for 5 minutes.
  6. Run a thin knife around the edges and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Cover with chocolate icing and top with shaved or grated chocolate.


* If you don’t have self-raising flour, substitute with 40g plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt

For the Icing:


  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1 ½ tbsp coffee dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter


  1. Place the coffee mixture and the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pot of simmering water. Heat until chocolate is melted. (Make sure that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.)
  2.  Lift the bowl of chocolate and coffee mixture and add in butter a tablespoon at a time. Place your bowl over water with ice and mix the mixture until cooled to spreading consistency.
  3. Spread the icing over your cake using an offset spatula. Add shaved/grated chocolate over your icing.

Note: You can just dust the top with powdered sugar instead of using chocolate icing. Or you can top the cake with whatever frosting/icing you fancy.

Source recipe: French Almond Cake by Happy Home Baking

As you can see, it is very noticeable that the thickness of the source recipe is different from mine. I almost burnt the top of the cake so I decided to put an icing on it.

No matter how the cake looked like, the finished product was so GOOD!! I promised myself I’ll bake this again and try to do something about the measurements. 🙂

I will let you know, for sure.

7 thoughts on “French Almond Cake

  1. I love almond cake or any nut cakes! This one looks so~ beautiful and delectable.
    I envy people who have recipes on queue waiting to be ‘published’. I have so many recipes in my mind and debate which one to make to post. 😉

    1. This was delicious, Fae. Haha! I try to post like the first ones I cook or bake. If I post what I cooked yesterday, the first ones on line will be soon forgotten just like this. Thanks for stopping by, Fae. 😉 xx

    1. Yes, I like the burn on the top, too. But it was not attractive when I took the photo, haha! So, I had to top it with an icing. 🙂 Oh! Thank you! It feels so good when someone appreciates your ‘little’ effort on how you present your food. And Liz? Yeah! She’s amazing! 😉

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