Almond Crunch Pound Cake

This is one sweet little cake. Dense, rich and full of almond flavor with a crunchy, candylike topping. I went through a phase in my early twenties where I became obssesed with recipes that called for almond paste. Once I discovered the rich almond flavor it added to pastries, cookies, and cakes...

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3.5 ounces (1/2 a 7 ounce tube) almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and fresh raspberries for garnish

Directions

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