Poudre Douce Almond Cake

Poudre Douce Almond Cake

Poudre Douce Almond Cake

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Poudre Douce, or "sweet powder," is a delightfully simple mix of sugar and spice handed down from Medieval and Renaissance cookery. This almond cake is a perfect way to try it.

The texture of this cake is fluffy, light, and buttery with chewy edges. You can enjoy the cake simply for the texture and spicing or garnish it with fresh stone fruit, berries, or cream.

Want a gluten-free option? No problem! Use an all purpose gluten-free flour and the cake will transform from a fluffier cake into a blondie like consistency. Equally delicious.
Yields
8.0 servings
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
10 min 30 min 40 min
Poudre Douce Almond Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup room butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces almond paste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Heilala Vanilla Paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon Poudre Douce
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix softened butter and sugar until creamed, then mix in the almond paste.

Slowly add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Don't be in a hurry to add all of the eggs at once! This step adds air to the batter which is what gives the cake its amazing texture.

Once batter is smooth, add in the vanilla, salt, baking powder, and Poudre Douce. Then add in flour, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.

Line a quarter sheet pan (9x13 inches) with parchment paper, then spray with pan spray. Spread the cake batter evenly with a spatula and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. 

Let cool, then cut into squares or triangles and serve with whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruit.

Poudre Douce Almond Cake

Poudre Douce Almond Cake

COOK TIME: 30.0

  • 1 cup room butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces almond paste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Heilala Vanilla Paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon Poudre Douce
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix softened butter and sugar until creamed, then mix in the almond paste.

Slowly add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Don't be in a hurry to add all of the eggs at once! This step adds air to the batter which is what gives the cake its amazing texture.

Once batter is smooth, add in the vanilla, salt, baking powder, and Poudre Douce. Then add in flour, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.

Line a quarter sheet pan (9x13 inches) with parchment paper, then spray with pan spray. Spread the cake batter evenly with a spatula and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. 

Let cool, then cut into squares or triangles and serve with whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruit.

Poudre Douce Almond Cake

Poudre Douce, or "sweet powder," is a delightfully simple mix of sugar and spice handed down from Medieval and Renaissance cookery. This almond cake is a perfect way to try it.

The texture of this cake is fluffy, light, and buttery with chewy edges. You can enjoy the cake simply for the texture and spicing or garnish it with fresh stone fruit, berries, or cream.

Want a gluten-free option? No problem! Use an all purpose gluten-free flour and the cake will transform from a fluffier cake into a blondie like consistency. Equally delicious.

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