A delicate and fluffy almond cake made with German buttercream and loads of berries! This almond and berry cake is made with almond flour and almond extract, an almond-flavored custard buttercream, chocolate ganache for garnish and summer berries such as strawberries, blueberries and even cherries! The perfect spring or summer berry cake, great for any occasion! Also, try this recipe as cupcakes!
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How to Make Almond Cake
This almond and berry cake starts with the most delicious, fluffy and aromatic almond cake batter. I like to use a combination of almond flour and all-purpose flour to make a stabilized yet light cake layer. I also flavor the cake with almond extract to add just the right amount of almond flavor. You can also add amaretto liqueur into the cake batter or even into the frosting. The resulting cake is very delicate, not heavy and perfect with the buttercream and berries.
The cake is then layered with loads of fresh berries, such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Feel for to enjoy this cake with any fruit and/or berries of your choice. I also like to garnish the cake with a simple chocolate ganache. Check out my in-depth video tutorial for this ganache, part of my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series!
The German Buttercream
Because the cake layers for this recipe are very fluffy and delicate, I wanted to go with an equally delicate buttercream. If you’ve never had German buttercream, you’re in for a treat! It’s made with a vanilla pastry cream or custard, which is slowly added to whipped butter. If desired, the pastry cream can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to be used. It’s very creamy, fluffy and perfect for decorating cakes and cupcakes! For this recipe, I add a touch of almond extract to add more almond flavor. I have a separate video recipe for this buttercream recipe; check out it here:
More Almond Flavor!
To add even more almond flavor, try these tips: prior to frosting the cake, soak the layers lightly with an almond syrup or amaretto (almond liqueur) diluted with water; add finely diced almonds into the cake batter for a crunch factor; add sliced almonds onto the cake along with the berries.
Looking for more cakes or almond flavored desserts? Check out all the amazing recipes I have on my blog:
- This ‘Blackberry Almond Frangipan’ has both berry and almond flavor!
- Try this ‘Blackberry Lime Cake’ with lime curd and berry whipped cream!
- You’ll love this ‘Blueberry Cake with Crumble’ for breakfast!
- And this ‘Very Berry Bundt Cake’ is one of my favorites!
- Maple Berry Cake – no sugar in this cake recipe, just pure maple syrup! With mascarpone whipped cream frosting and loads of berries!
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