Almond Cornmeal Cake

This a good recipe  for a different cake than you might be used to. Every one who had a piece thought it was excellent and as it just makes one layer it is easily eaten for a coffee hour treat or a light dessert for a meal.
This is a nice cake and we didn't feel that it tasted of cornmeal which I was worried about. 
If you are feeling in an adventurous mood, do try this.
Almond Cake with Cornmeal
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
1/2 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter room temperature
1/4 cup almond paste cut in small pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup powder sugar, plus more for dusting
4 large egg yolks
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
Rack in middle of oven, preheat to 350°. Butter and flour 8 inch round cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, cake flour, and baking powder. 
Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and almond paste on high speed until smooth.
Be sure it is thoroughly smooth, about 3 minutes. 
Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla. Gradually add the 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes more. Increase speed and beat in egg yolks and eggs one at a time. Reduce speed to medium and add the sour cream and dry ingredients just until incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake until the cake is golden and pulls away from the sides of the pan,, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool. Remove the cake from the pan and dust with more powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve.
Store airtight in a plastic container for one day if needed.
From The Everyday Italian cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis


  1. I love that you try different kinds of recipes from varying sources. Fun for all of us! This sounds interesting and looks very good. My mom has cormeal she's trying to use. This will work well Thank you!

    1. Fun for us also. This is a good recipe to use up that cornmeal.

  2. My mom made this cake recently. She even found a recipe to make the almond paste! Very tasty! She plans to make it again. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad your Mom liked it. She is ambitious to make her own Almond Paste. I can buy it year round here so have never tried making my own.

  3. Mom had quite a few almonds to use up so she decided to use them up and to be adventurous!

    1. Good for her, one way to keep your grocery bill down is to use what you have.


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