Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Plain and simple almond cake

Dorie Greenspan plain and simple almond cake on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week, for Tuesdays with Dorie’s recipe from Baking Chez Moi, we made Plain and Simple Almond Cake. It really is “plain and simple” as it contains only three main ingredients: eggs, almonds and sugar (with a touch of salt and vanilla).

Tuesdays with Dorie Dorie Greenspan plain and simple almond cake on eatlivetravelwrite.comI, of course, minified the recipe to make three 4-inch cakes which were totally adorable. A few notes:

  • The recipe seems to make a LOT of batter. I made these in small springform pans and it basically filled each one to the top.
  • Because they were filled to the top, they nearly overflowed when they were cooking. Keep an eye on them.
  • Though they didn’t overflow, they did rise then sink once they came out of the oven, which made like a little lid on top (see pic above) which made them hard to get out of the pans easily.
  • I greased and floured the pans very well but didn’t take the extra step to line them with parchment (too fiddly!). I wish I had because the batter is sticky (lots of sugar) and they did stick a little, even in super non-stick pans with tons of butter.

Dorie Greenspan plain and simple almond cake from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis is a wonderfully moist cake that really doesn’t need anything else to serve. I added berries for some colour and a dusting of icing sugar but it’s great on its own too. I’ll remember this for when I need to make a gluten-free cake ­čÖé

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Plain and Simple Almond Cake, A New Way on pp 8-9 of Baking Chez Moi.

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16 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Plain and simple almond cake

  1. Cakelaw May 9, 2017 at 07:52 #

    Your minis are cute. I liked thiis cake better the next day.

  2. Zosia May 9, 2017 at 09:16 #

    They look good despite the sticking. I haven’t had problems with sticking since switching to Baker’s Joy spray and Wilton’s Cake release (or the homemade version of the latter) though neither of these would help if you’re trying to keep it gluten-free!

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:37 #

      Ah, I still use real butter, call me old-fashioned!

  3. Margr├Ęt J├│hanna May 9, 2017 at 12:24 #

    Looks so cute. This was super easy to make.

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:37 #

      Wasn’t it? I’ll keep this recipe on hand for when the pantry is bare!

  4. Geoff May 9, 2017 at 18:57 #

    All these gorgeous pictures of delectable food. Again, this looks delicious.
    You are a temptress, Mardi.

  5. shirley @ everopensauce.com May 9, 2017 at 20:42 #

    I did not expect this cake to be so sticky. But it is with all that sugar. Berries go well to balance the sweetness of it.

    • Mardi Michels May 12, 2017 at 16:35 #

      Yes I should have known, didn’t think that all that sugar would result in such a sticky cake!

  6. Summer May 9, 2017 at 23:05 #

    They are adorable. I’m in awe of your ability to adapt recipes to minify them. Thanks for the tips on how to do that.

  7. Diane Zwang May 11, 2017 at 18:39 #

    Thank you for all your helpful hints. I will use parchment paper. I like the blueberries with it.

  8. Victoria Walters May 23, 2017 at 09:42 #

    OMG I love minis! I saw a few other bakers did different shapes, not sure where my head was at but I didn’t even think of that!

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