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RECIPE: Honey Almond Cake with Berry Cream

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Almond Honey Cake with Berry Cream

This trendy naked-style almond honey cake with light whipped cream and seasonal berries is a refreshing summer treat. Both beautiful and tasty.


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2 1/2 cups cake flour 

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 3/4 cups sugar

5 large egg whites, room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup milk, room temperature

1/3 cup honey as a drizzle when assembling

Whipped Cream & Berries

2 cups cold heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract 

2 cups fresh berries


Prep your station

1.     Let the honey, butter, eggs, sour cream, and milk come to room temp.

2.     Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3.     Grease three 8-inch round metal pans lined with parchment for easy cake removal.

Mix it up

1.     In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2.     In your mixer, beat butter for 1 minute on high speed until creamy.

3.     Add sugar and beat on high speed for 2 more minutes until fully blended.

4.     Add egg whites. Beat on high speed for about 2 minutes until well combined.

5.     Add sour cream and vanilla extract and give a couple of good stirs with a spatula.

6.     On low speed, mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just incorporated. Do not over mix.

7.     Slowly whisk milk into batter until combined. The batter will be a little thick.

Bake your cake

1.     Pour batter evenly into cake pans.

2.     Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the cakes pass the toothpick test.

3.     Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans on a wire rack before assembling.

Prepare Berry Cream

1.     Using your mixer, whip your heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract on medium-high speed until medium peaks form. It will take 3-4 minutes to get a good spreading consistency.

2.     Fold in most of the berries, keeping some aside for garnish.

3.     Use immediately or chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before assembling your cake.

Assemble and serve

1.     Level cakes to allow even stacking. Reserve cake crumbs.

2.     Place first cake layer on your cake stand. Drizzle a thin stream of honey over the naked cake layer. Don’t be too heavy handed; you just want a bright little taste of honey. Evenly spread 1 heaping cup of berry topping over top. Repeat this step for second and third layers.

3.     Garnish center of the top layer with fresh berries, and sprinkle some reserved cake crumbs around the cake edge.

4.     Chill assembled cake, uncovered, for at least 2 hours to let cake and topping set before serving.

5.     Serve and soak up the praise!

6.     If by chance there are leftovers, cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.


Almond Honey Cake with Berry Cream


Bake your cake

Follow the directions on any white cake box recipe and fill three 8-inch round metal pans with the batter. Not required, but I’m a fan of parchment paper for easier removal. Bake until done. Let cool.


Prepare Berry Cream

Mix frozen whipped topping, thawed in the refrigerator, with a tablespoon each of honey and almond extract, then fold in your berries.


Assemble and Serve

Set one layer on your cake stand. Level the top for nice easy stacking. You can use crumbs as decoration on the top or snack on them while you put this cake together. Drizzle honey in a thin line in a back and forth motion across the cake. You’re not covering the cake, just ribboning the honey across for a little extra sweetness.


Now heap a third of your berry cream on that layer, add the next cake layer and repeat, topping with the final cake layer.


This is a naked cake. The pretty berries will add a punch of color and the sides of the cake are meant to be revealed between the bright layers. Garnish with a decorative pile of berries.



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