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Cherry Almond Cake
Beautiful 3 layer cake flavored with almond and Maraschino cherries and frosted with a thick layer of airy white chocolate buttercream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 4 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 inch of vanilla bean , seeds scraped into the batter pod set aside (add the pod to the sugar bowl for vanilla sugar)
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 6 egg whites , unbeaten
- 1/4 cup finely chopped Maraschino cherries
- 18 ounces white chocolate chips
- 3 cups room temperature , unsalted butter, cut in cubes
- 9 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease 3 8-inch round cake pans. Cover bottoms with waxed paper and dust with flour.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes
Beat in vanilla, almond extract, and vanilla scrapings.
Add dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
Add egg whites and beat at medium speed for two minutes.
Add chopped Maraschino cherries to 1/3 of the batter.
Divide the almond batter equally between 2 greased and wax paper lined 9-inch round pans.
Add the Maraschino cherry batter to the third pan.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 325 and bake for 25 minutes more, or until the cake tests done.
Cool in pans 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on racks.
Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
Let cool to room temperature.
Beat the butter until fluffy.
Add the confectioner's sugar.
Beat on high until well mixed.
Add the almond extract and heavy cream
With mixer on high spoon the melted white chocolate into the buttercream, beating until it is light and airy.
Use to fill and frost the cherry almond cake.
Calories: 1127kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 207mg | Sugar: 124g | Vitamin A: 1475IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 0.4mg