Today was rough. Really rough. Oliver has been working through some tough emotions lately that he’s never experienced before. Having to share nursing and cuddling me is hard work! Poor guy is an emotional roller coaster (which wouldn’t be so burdensome if my postpartum hormones would sort themselves out). All this morning Ollie was crying over everything. Me walking to our laundry room to start the dryer. Me nursing Atlas. Me making a smoothie. Me asking him to pick up something off the ground, etc etc etc forever. A few punches and screams later, I re-read him: What Baby Needs and We Have a Baby. He listened so intently and when we finished said, “okay!” and was fine! I knew we needed some quality time so I decided to make a Scandinavian Almond Cake! This is what we needed.
Here is our process and recipe:
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4 Tbsp softened unsalted butter + butter for pan
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup whole milk
2 tsp bourbon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Toast almonds over medium heat until golden brown. Continuously stir for an even toasting.
While the almonds cool, combine the butter and sugars. Cream in a mixer for a few minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until liquid. Add flours, baking powder and salt. Mix until well combined.
Ollie’s favorite part is sneaking his little fingers into the sugar.
Of course, some cars watching and helping.
Sweet helper boy.
Add the toasted almonds to a food processor and process until it’s fine like picture. (Note: these are not bird seeds).
I chose to use a bundt pan but anything will work. Butter the pan and add the toasted almonds. Shake to coat the entire pan. There were some extra ground almonds that I added to the mix.
Ollie’s least favorite part is when I take it away and put it in the oven…
Bake for around 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. During those 50 minutes bad boy Cedric (who snuck out again last night) came back.
I hung out with these guys. Had a talk with Ollie about not putting his feet on baby’s face.
The way Atlas looks at Oliver makes my heart fill with so much love and excitement for their relationship.
When I took the cake out, I was so pumped to eat this. Look at that crust!
I let it cool for about 30 minutes before I removed it from the pan. I had to use a knife to help get it out in a couple spots, but for the most part it came out easily. There was one small area that stuck to the pan and broke apart, but no biggie.
Dust the powdered sugar on!
Eat, eat, eat!
This was the best cake I’ve made. The crusty toasted almonds plus the not-too-sweet cake was perfect. It was a little on the crumbly side because of the almond meal, so I don’t know how well it would hold up as a cupcake. It would have been great with some fresh whipped cream, but sooo not necessary. We all loved it! Daniel licked his plate clean, which is extremely rare and attests to it being delicious. :)