Almond Torte Recipe

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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

5 from 1 vote

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

Instructions

  1. 1. Preaheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Cool torte on a cooling rack. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and berries, if desired.
  7. *Note-make sure you use a large food processor-9 cup or larger.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Torte from Use Real Butter

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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

  2. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  4. 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 . . . !

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. So beautiful! It just screams summer dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  9. 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

    1. Thanks everyone. I am trying to improve my food styling and photography. It is a process, but a fun one:)

  10. I so agree with you about good food and good friends being what counts in this world. This does seem high for a torte, but if it tastes good, that’s all that matters. And don’t think taste better in good company?

  11. this looks like a great recipe. I love almond paste and I’m always excited when I get to use my food processor.

    looks like you two had a great and delicious friday :).

  12. As a proponent of simple cakes, I am very much for the notion that there is beauty in simplicity – and this cake is stunning. It’s like the unadorned cakes just want to say, we’re all awesomeness and flavor.

  13. This torte looks amazing. Almond is my absolute favorite. I have some almond paste and we have a family gathering coming up really soon and I’m thinking this would be a great ending to our meal!

  14. I adore almond as does my family so I know this would be hit with us. I also like that it is easily made in the food processor. Thanks for passing along the recipe.

    Quick question….was it the weight of your berries that made the middle sink in some or does the cake do it on its own? I know some cake without much flour tend to lean in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just curious so I don’t freak out if mine does.
    ~ingrid

  15. It’s a lovely torte, and I’m so happy to hear that it was so light and fluffy and that you enjoyed it. The blackberries and sauce do make for beautiful pictures.

  16. I have been making this cake for months now- found it looking for a way to use almond paste. I cover the whole mess with chocolate ganache and it is CONSTANTLY requested by family and friends for dinner parties and occasions.
    Also– often seems better the second day which is SUPER convenient. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Very beautiful, although your definition of a torte is not accurate, so I’m curious as to the source of the information. There are several different kinds of cake that can be used in a torte- not just using a nut meal. And a torte is a cake made up of many layers, so this springy, delicious cake, is not a torte. Very well done recipe still

  18. Just made this. Delicious. The smell is outstanding and I have finally found a recipe that taste like almonds! ย Thank you and keep posting. ย I’m a fan.

  19. Delicious! ย I just made this. ย I’m at high altitude so it took the whole hour, but almondy and good. ย Please keep posting! ย This torte is a keeper.ย 

  20. This torte looks amazing. I’ve never made a torte. I’m looking for an almond cake to make for a celebration so I want it to be a bit more elaborate. Would this be sturdy enough to turn into a layer cake? I’m thinking raspberry jam between the layers and an egg white 7 minute frosting.


  21. I have made this recipe twice and I am making it again tomorrow. It is delicious…just delicious. Make it just like it is written and you cannot go wrong. I live at higher altitude in Colorado and no adjustments were necessary.\It’s one of my husband’s favorites.

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