The original recipe for this cake came from Chez Panisse desserts but the center always caved in so I tried David Lebovitz’s adaptation and it is perfection! You can find the almond paste in the baking section of your grocery-it is not marzipan! The brand I use is called Odense and you can see the label in the picture. Make this in a 9″ or 10″ springform pan. You make the whole cake in the food processor, which makes it so easy! I live at 5,000 ft. so I cooked the cake 15 minutes longer than the recipe calls for. If the middle is jiggly, cook a little longer and keep checking, every 5 minutes. This cake is delicious with tea or coffee or as a dessert. You could serve it with whipped cream and fruit. I am thinking about caramelizing some pear slices to serve it with tonight!

1 1/3 c. sugar

7-8 oz. tube of almond paste

3/4 cup + 1/4 cup flour

8 oz. butter, cubed, room temp.

1 1/2 t. baking powder

3/4 t. salt

1 t. vanilla extract

1 t. almond extract

6 large eggs, room temp.

powdered sugar, to garnish

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter pan and line with parchment, butter and flour. In processor, pulse almond paste, sugar and 1/4 c. flour until fine, like sand. In a small bowl, whisk together the  3/4 cup  flour, baking powder and salt. Add cubed butter and extracts to processor and blend until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Batter may look curdled, but no worries! Add flour mixture in 2 batches. Scrape sides of bowl, as needed. Bake for 65-80 minutes, until brown and top is set.

When cool dust with powdered sugar.

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