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Almond Cake with Dried Lilacs

Almond Cake with Dried Lilacs

 

For Mother's Day, I wanted to make a dessert that was delicious and sentimental. My grandmother (z"l) loved lilacs, which happened to be at the peak of their season (and growing in our backward) a week before Mother's Day. Knowing that these flowers are edible, I pressed them the week prior to the holiday (see how-to here), and added them on top of the cake when the cake was half baked. The result was a gluten-free marzipan cake with an herbaceous touch. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3/4 cup almond paste
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • Dried lilac flowers

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325° F
  • Prepare a 10-inch springform cake pan by spraying with canola oil.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attached, combine almond paste with sugar until it makes a grainy paste.
  • Add the butter and vanilla extract and mix until the batter is smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between. Add vanilla.
  • Combine almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Add slowly to wet mixture.
  • Once the mixture is smooth and creamy, pour into prepared cake pans.
  • 30 minutes into baking process, place dried lilacs on top. 
  • Bake an additional 15 to 30 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Enjoy! 

Serves 8. Active Time: 30 minutes, Total Time: 1.5 hours.