Thursday, June 28, 2012

Almond Crusted Butter Cake

This almond crusted butter cake is the chosen fifth bake for the event, The Home Bakers organised by Joyce, Kitchen Flavours.

As much as I wanted to be a retro-baker like my previous THB bake, I have given up the idea of using wooden spoon to mix this cake batter. Glad that I've used an electric mixer to do all the mixing because there is really lots of BUTTER in this cake!

This recipe uses 360g of butter to make a 10-inch Bundt cake and for me, this amount seems to be a lot of butter to used than most of my other cakes. Unlike most traditional butter cakes, this butter cake does not has the usual oily, fluffy or crumbly texture because it uses no baking powder or any raising agents. Yet, the cake still can raise while baking! It has a slightly crispy and nutty crust on its outside and compact with very-fine-textured crumbs at its inside.

Being different from most butter cakes, is this cake delicious or not? My answer is both! Although there seems to be so much butter packed in every bite of this cake, I feel that it is actually quite good for its well-balanced buttery taste. However, we don't really like its compact texture as eating this cake feel like eating "shortbread" with a cake-y texture.  

Getting ready to bake the cakes
Surprised to see the cakes raising in my oven
Here's the outsides and insides of this cake.

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Emily from Emily's Cooking Foray for the recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake:
  • The cake flour that I used has only 8% protein content.
  • I've replaced almond extract with extra vanilla extract.
  • Using half the recipe, I've baked four mini butter loaves in 10 cm x 5.5 cm mini loaf pans at 150°C fan forced for 40 min.


Happy Baking

40 comments:

  1. Zoe love this cake and love your mold!!

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  2. Oh yum! I seriously have to get a mini loaf pan. So adorable!

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  3. That butter cake sure looks gorgeous ! The recipe calls for self-raising flour ?! I love the crispy looking crust so as the dense crumbs ! Yummy cakes , Zoe !

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  4. god morning zoe, your cake is so neat with he flaked almonds. The almonds in mine are sticking out, looks kind of funny!I did not a very buttery taste, was using emborg butter and compact too..not too bad actually, i ate them cold!

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  5. zoe, i wasn't entirely fond of this cake either... it's a little too dense for my taste. I love your mini pans. It's a nice way to bake these cakes!

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  6. OOOH I love your pan! I wonder why mine had a different texture. Mine was not at all compact but rather fluffy. Perhaps baking it in a bundt pan helped to circulate the heat in the middle. Just guessing!
    BTW I posted mine by mistake today (I thought I scheduled it for 29th) and now I have reverted it back to draft. M so sorry for the goof up. M blaming this on my cold and not getting enough sleep :(.

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  7. You make small mini butter cake? it is very cute.

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  8. This looks so yummy! I love the individual size!

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  9. they look really cute and delicious! it's a great idea to put almond on the bottom of the pan

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  10. so adorable these lil cakes... i love them... love the color of our cake...

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  11. Yummy!I wish a had a huge slice of this wonderful cake!Kisses!!!

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  12. I seldom bake butter cake because my family dislike its texture and found it too oily except lemon butter cake!
    Yours mini loaf pan look very cute :)

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  13. The inside of the cake is so smooth and fluffy. I am really hungry now. The cake really raised up well, Zoe.

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  14. I would just love to have some of those yummilicious cakes..

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  15. What a creative idea for the crust!! SO beautiful...and your cake looks moist and yummy~

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  16. This looks amazing. I think more butter is a better thing, do you think you could post me one?

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  17. Wow your cake rose beautifully, mine didn't rose much and I think it's a bit too dense for my liking as well. Still prefer those soft and fluffy butter cakes!

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  18. Wow! Love your version of mini almond butter cake! So cute & delicious too! :)

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  19. these are fantastic - so cute and tasty!

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  20. How lovely...great idea to crust the bake with almonds, I've never seen this before! I'd love to try one! :-)

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  21. This looks too good! I don't make almond cakes anymore because my little brother is highly allergic. Just out of habit! I have given you an award on my blog. www.foodmyfriend.com. Have a great day!

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  22. Hi Zoe, Your cake looks cute baked in small pan. I don't mind eating this cake, even though it has a compact texture, the crumbs are smooth. My only regret is I did not add on more almonds, mine is kinda "bald"!!

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  23. The height on this is breathtaking.

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  24. I love butter cake and yours looks really good!

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  25. wat a cute lil loaves, nice color on the loaves too:)

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  26. Your cake looks cute in mini loaves. I hope to try this tomorrow.

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  27. Weii, your batter looks thick. Mine was like whipped cream! Aren't mini cakes adorable?

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    1. Hi Emily, I realised that too! I find that my cake or biscuit batter are thicker during cold winter. It is 15 degree indoor now even at daytime so even melted chocolate can solidified within 10 min.

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  28. Cute little cakes...I wanna get the pan too :)
    Maybe the cake might have a better texture/crumb with some almond meal in it instead.

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  29. I love butter cake with nothing added to it but i believe I can add almond to it next time when I bake for my brother. He loves almond.

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  30. WOW, I have to get that mold :D it lookd adorable :D

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  31. What a delicious idea my friend, the almond must really boost up these cute little loaves :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  32. Hi Zoe, I like how you baked these cakes in the mini rectangle baking pan! I was tempted to buy this pan b4!

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  33. oh wow, that consistency looks absolutely perfect!

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  34. looLook how beautifully they rose! they look so delicious and moist and full of flavor - I think cake flour makes a great difference :)
    Mary x

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  35. What a delicious idea! I love almonds! This looks perfect!

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  36. The cake looks good Zoe! A pity as it's still not soft and fluffy enough for me... but it's still a delicious cake nonetheless!

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  37. hi Zoe, love the cracked dome - so sexy :)

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