Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tutti Frutti Almond Cake

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We're almost ready.  The car is getting loaded, swim towels washed, sun screen tucked into beach bags.  

We'll be leaving in the twilight hours so we can start our yearly trek to the Table Rock Lakes of southern Missouri.  Once on the road, we sip on hot coffee in the wee hours of the morning, waiting for  the first subtle rosiness of the sky to fill the landscape with pink haziness.

I had made this almond cake with fresh fruit during the week because I have been enjoying desserts with almond flour lately.  "Mom, you should make this cake for up at the lake for the 4th" the kids suggested after tucking into their first bites.  "You think I should?" I queried "Yes, this would be a nice dessert for the holiday."

Nectarines, peaches, and cherries are bursting in the markets at present.  A simple, moist almond cake with a topping of these ripe jewels of the summer,  showcase the season's bounty.  We'll be crossing the bulk of Texas, rolling up and down over the hills of Arkansas and crunching down windy roads to the lake house in the Ozark Mountain area of southern Missouri.

Deep in the heart of the Ozarks, sparkle the beautiful Table Rock Lakes.  Each year, on 4th of July, families and friends wait patiently for the sun to begin its gentle descent into the shimmering waters.  As the ashy haze of dusk envelops the myriad of lakes and coves, thousands of small boats churn through the waters and quietly arrive at the Kimberling City Bridge.  

 Boats of all sizes bob up and down in the water, each turning off their engines and letting the quiet of the night roll across the unfolding scene.

As the haze of dusk turns into the inky blackness of night, colors burst up and punch into the night sky.  The small lights on each boat reflect and playfully dance inbetween the shimmering streams of fireworks that cascade downwards.

Ever since my children were babies, wrapped up tight from the cool lake breezes, this scene plays out each year.   Good food, the smell of sunscreen, catching up with other lake families that we haven't seen since the previous visit, all culminate in our Fourth of July celebrations.

Tutti Fruitti Almond Cake will be enjoyed this year up at the lake house.  

However, there is another perennial favorite that my husband's family cannot go without.  Rootbeer Floats are the sweet drink of choice in his family.  Along with this moist and delicious almond cake, I am sure to see this classic American treat making its yearly appearance as well!

Tutti Frutti Almond Cake (adapted from At Down Under blog)

200g (1 1/3cup) Almond Flour
40g (1/2 cup)  flour
4 egg whites
90g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
50g (1/2 cup) butter melted + some for greasing the cake tin
A pinch of salt
Fresh fruits:  Sprinkle lemon juice over nectarines if used so they do not turn brown.

Cream Cheese Filling:

1 (3 oz.) pkg. low fat cream cheese
4 tbsp. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). In a bowl mix together ground almond, flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and stir well. Add egg white and mix well until combined. Grease a cake tin with butter before pouring the batter in. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven. Turn the cake out of the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Just before serving place fruit slices on top.


  1. Sarah, it's just beautiful. Wow. Stunning. The vibracny of the photos makes me want to eat it right off the screen!

  2. I always LOVE visiting your blog - lovely recipe - I adore almond flour - beautiful photos - it's really a treat to visit!

  3. Tutti fantastico.I can imagine how the fruits compliment almond cake;)Great pic's

  4. Hi Sarah, good morning :-)

    I was so happy to receive your comment on my website, I just had to stop by :D
    Your creations are just WOW! Love it! And the pictures of the almond cake here, sharp and full of color. I love it.

    I'll stop by more often I bet. :-)

    Have a lovely day,
    niner from

  5. i love your almond cake! i still cant get over how beautiful your pictures are! have a great holiday weekend! it sounds like you have a lot of fun ahead of you!

  6. Your recipe sounds great and your pictures are beautiful--but most of all I loved your writing and descriptions of your time at the lake. Especially that first image of drinking coffee in the car while the sun is rising . . . I know what that feels like. =)

  7. This sounds deeeeeelicious, and your photography is utterly gorgeous. can i ask what size pan you baked it in though and also about the filling you used? Thank you :)

  8. Such a romantic and beautiful vision you paint with your words..not to mention the gorgeous and delicious food you create!! Sounds like the perfect summer vacation!

  9. Looks delicious - like a super sandwich surprise!!

  10. I have to make this cake. I love almonds. How strange, we were at Table Rock Lake in Lampe (MO) exactly a year ago. My in-laws have friends who have a house on the lake. It was heavenly and so relaxing.

  11. It looks stunning, i want a piece. Hope you enjoy your celebrations.

  12. What a lovely post! I love everything almond…can't wait to try this! Have a wonderful 4th!

  13. What a gorgeous summer cake for special occasions, this looks beautiful!

  14. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my blog- Seeing that it came from some one with such skill at photography makes me appreciate it even more! These photos are stunning, and I love the way you used the soft, diffused light to paint the food gently, from the back to the front.

  15. What a beautifully poetic description of Table Rock much so that I wish I were there this moment...eating this cake and waiting for the sun to lovely!
    Have a wonderful time...
    xo J~

  16. I might have to buy some almond flour just to try this out. Sounds easy.

    Enjoy your Fourth.

  17. What a beautiful dessert! Have a lovely trip!

  18. This looks so good! But I'm allergic to almonds and I was wondering if there was anything else you could substitue the almond flour with?

  19. What a lovely cake! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

  20. This cake appeals to me and I am going to hunt for some almond flour presto! Love the photos too/

  21. Lovely :-) I like that you are playing around with the camera and trying new things. Way to go!

  22. The cake looks and sounds amazing. And I love your beautiful description of your family's annual 4th of July trip. Savor these days. The kids get older so quickly! But I will say that my daughters who are 30 and 27 do still travel with us occasionally. Including my brand new son-in-law, We just had a wedding in June. Your lovely family traditions will be cherished by your children forever!

  23. Your cake looks delicious! A summery treat that I'd look to taste.



  24. Gorgeous looking cake, so summery, I can't wait to try it soon. Beautiful pictures !!

  25. The almond cake and fruit sound like the perfect combo (especially for the warmer nights). I'd love to experience Fourth of July celebrations in the US .. I love fireworks!

  26. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Sounds delish too.

  27. Hi Sarah,
    I hope you had a happy 4th!
    Your almond cake looks irresistibly delicious:) I am in love with almond flour too - it adds such depth and richness.
    Great blog and gorgeous photography!

  28. This is a unique rendition of trutti fruitti for sure - the cake and filling is marvelous :)

    And your pics pile one sin over the other :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavetbousandflavors

  29. what a gorgeous dessert! stunning photos and I hope you had a lovely time!


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