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Almond Torte Recipe

Almond Torte Recipe

On Friday, I spent the afternoon in the kitchen with one of my good friends, Becky, of Vintage Mixer. Fridays are my day off and I always try to cook and bake, but I usually do it alone. It was nice having some company in the kitchen. We made a couple of recipes, but my favorite was the almond torte.

A torte is a cake that is made with primarily eggs, sugar, butter, and ground nuts instead of flour. This recipe uses almond paste instead of ground nuts. We chose a torte recipe because we’ve never made one and thought it would be fun to try something new.

We used the food processor to make the torte, starting with the sugar and almond paste. Next, we added in lots of butter, vanilla, and six eggs. I thought I was going to have a heart attack after looking at the rich ingredients:) At the same time, I knew this torte was going to be really, really good.

There is only one cup of flour in this torte. It was really easy to put together, just make sure you use a large enough food processor. We used my 9 cup bowl and it was the perfect size. We baked the torte in a 9 inch springform pan. The recipe said to bake the torte for over an hour, but ours was done at about 50 minutes.

Since this was our first adventure making a torte, we weren’t sure what to expect. I didn’t think the torte would rise so much. It ended up looking like a thick cake. I was a little disappointed at first. The torte looked really plain. We let the torte cool and then we decorated it with powdered sugar and blackberries. We had fun food styling and taking photos together. We ended up making a quick berry sauce to jazz up our photos. Two food bloggers in one kitchen-talk about a fun and tasty afternoon!

The final, polished torte was beautiful. Of course we had to sample our work-we both loved it. I thought the torte would be really dense because of the massive amount of butter, sugar, and eggs, but it was really light and moist. It practically melted in my mouth. The almond flavor was present, but not over powering. I sent the torte home with Becky because Josh is allergic to nuts and I knew I would be tempted to eat it all by myself. It is heavenly!

This almond torte is the perfect dessert to make with and for friends. Good food and friends is what life is all about. I am glad I was able to share my first torte baking experience with one of my good friends. It made my day a little sweeter in more ways than one.

Almond Torte

Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup sugar
8 ounces soft almond paste
1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar and berries for serving, if desired

Directions:

1. Preaheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 inch springform pan. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, process the sugar and almond paste until paste is crumbly and in small pieces. Add the butter and vanilla extract and process until the mixture is smooth.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated. Process until the mixture is smooth, this will take 2-3 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together. Sprinkle flour mixture over the almond and butter mixture. Pulse just until the flour is combined. Don't over mix.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Smooth the batter and place pan in preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the torte springs back when lightly touched.

6. Cool torte on a cooling rack. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and berries, if desired.

*Note-make sure you use a large food processor-9 cup or larger.

Recipe adapted from the Los Angeles Times via Recipesource

If you like this torte recipe, you might also like:

Peach Almond Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Almond-Lemon Torte with Fresh Strawberry Puree from Sassy Radish
Lemon Torte from Baking Bites
Chocolate Hazelnut Torte from Use Real Butter

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71 Responses to “Almond Torte Recipe”

  1. 1
    Erica — May 17, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    That is just beautiful! I’ve never made a torte before! This would be a great birthday treat for someone whose not big into chocolate. Hope the rest of your weekend was just as fantastic

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    Rosa — May 17, 2010 @ 5:13 am

    A beautiful torte! Delicious with fresh berries.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Shannon — May 17, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    sounds like a fabulous time in the kitchen, and what a lovely dessert! i don’t think i’ve ever had one either, but it’s right up my alley :)

  4. 4
    Amy(Super Healthy Kids) — May 17, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    Seriously Maria! Your photos are nothing short of amazing!! Everything looks so delicious!

  5. 5
    Jessica @ How Sweet — May 17, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    That is such a beautiful photo!

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    DessertForTwo — May 17, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    It almost looks like an angel food cake. Looks delicious! What beautiful photos, too!

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    beth — May 17, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    Fantastic photo’s

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    Andrea — May 17, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Very beautiful photo! Yumm.

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    El — May 17, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    I really have to try this recipe. It looks perfect, light and fluffy and like it will freeze well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Maggy — May 17, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ll be making this, for sure.

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    kat — May 17, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    It looks & sounds so good!

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    Tiffany — May 17, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    beautiful torte! it’s so fun to bake with a friend. you are both wonderful girls and wonderful cooks!

  13. 13

    That looks delightful and perfect for a ladies shower or luncheon.

  14. 14
    Peter — May 17, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    What an elegant cake and you certainly photographed and plated this beautifully.

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    Barbara Bakes — May 17, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    How fun to bake with Becky! I’ll have to give this a try. We always have almond paste in the fridge.

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    Stephanie (Fresh Tart) — May 17, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    Great recipe – I’ve made disappointing almond tortes before, too dry, but I LOVE almond so keep trying. Can’t wait to make this over the summer! So pretty with berries.

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    Chocolate and Toast — May 17, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Mouthwatering! I’m bookmarking this one for summer, when I can top it with berries right out of my back yard. Maybe baked up in mini portions, since I would eat the whole thing myself for sure . . . !

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    Sara — May 17, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    I’ve never made a torte before…but yours looks beautiful! I’ll bet even adding almond extract would be delish.

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    SLCFoodie — May 17, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    It was a lovely and delicious day. I always enjoy spending time with you!

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    Bridgett — May 17, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Such a beautiful torte! I love the berries on top.

  21. 21
    Jenny Flake — May 17, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    So pretty Maria! Looks heavenly too!

  22. 22
    Joanne — May 17, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    I love tortes because they really are just simple and delicious! Dessert in its purest form! Love the blackberry sauce.

  23. 23
    Nadia — May 17, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Yum! What a lovely cake, and I love your cake stand!

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    Melissa — May 17, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    Beautiful!

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    Erica Lea — May 17, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    Oh, it looks lovely & scrumptious. That is so sweet that you & your husband photographed the torte together. The powdered sugar, the berries, sauce…it all works together so well. Have a wonderful day!

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    Pam — May 17, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    It looks lovely! I just happen to have fresh blackberries in my refrigerator. Hmmmm.

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    Tracy — May 17, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    The torte looks lovely, especially on that cute pink cake stand! :-)

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    Amanda — May 17, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Major yum factor on that torte! And where did you get that gorgeous cake stand?? Beautiful!

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    Gaby — May 17, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    yummmyy!!!! omg really why? why? why? why can’t we be neighbors? Oh wait, that’s right… because I would be SO FAT if I lived next to you! This looks delish!

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    Blond Duck — May 17, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    How fun to bake with friends!

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    Michelle — May 17, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Gorgeous Torte! Blackberries are always make everything a little bit special!

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    Jen @ How To: Simplify — May 17, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love this torte!

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    grace — May 17, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    what a unique crumb! ya’ll did really nice work with the plating and pictures. it does seem a bit plain without the adornments, but i’m sure it’s delicious either way!

  34. 34

    This torte looks decadent an fabulous! I never knew that they were made with nuts. I love a great dense cake!! Lovely styling, I can tell u were having fun with your friend! xo

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — May 17, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    I am jealous…this looks awesome!

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    Lori — May 17, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    So beautiful! It just screams summer dessert. :) It will be the perfect use for our blackberries when they come on this summer. Almond paste is one of my favorite dessert/pastry ingredients too.

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    Marthe — May 17, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    This looks so elegant!!

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    sippitysup — May 17, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    The photo is so compelling that it was hard to focus on the recipe. I must go back and read it again. More please! GREG

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    Katrina — May 17, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    That is gorgeous and looks delicious. Great photography, Maria!
    I love almond flavor in baked things.

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    Mary — May 17, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    Maria this looks wonderful. I’m partial to almond flavored desserts so your torte is speaking to me. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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