Lemon Curd and Almond Butter Cake

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Lemon curd and almond butter cake is a rustic cake with highs and lows formed by the deep pools of delicious golden curd and the soft buttery almond crumb of the butter cake batter then topped off with golden toasted almonds. What’s not to like!

lemon curd and almond butter cake ingredients laid out in white dishes with the ingredients labelled on a marble bench
ingredients

This little cake is impressive enough to serve at a dinner party with just a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Lemon curd

Homemade lemon curd is really easy to make. The curd is quite fluid when cooked but thickens as it chills. Test for readiness with a spoon by dipping into curd, and run your finger through the curd. If the line remains the curd is ready, if not simply continue cooking for another minute or so.

Lemon Curd - Super quick and easy

Easy to put together

It is very quick to put together and even quicker if you have some lemon curd on hand. If you have a brand of lemon curd that you like to buy then go ahead and use that to save time. The batter is quite thick so you will need to smooth the top of the batter before dolloping on the lemon curd.

Adding lemon curd and almonds

The batter is quite thick so you need to spread it into the tin leaving the top smooth. Dollop the curd around leaving a border, sprinkle on lightly toasted almonds and sugar.

lemon curd and almond butter cake dolloping lemon curd onto the top of the batter in large spoonfuls
dollop the lemon curd around the batter leaving a border

Lightly toasted flaked almonds

Lightly toast the almonds till they just start to get a little colour, they will go more golden when the cake is baking. Spread almonds evenly onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven till they just start to change colour (6-7 minutes).

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Lemon Curd and Almond Butter Cake


  • Author: Recipe Winners, recipe from NYT
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 serves

Description

Lemon curd and almond butter cake is a winner. Moist, buttery almond cake filled with lemon curd and topped off with golden toasted almonds. What’s not to like?


Ingredients

easy lemon curd

  • 125 ml (4 fl ounces) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 large whole eggs, lightly whisked
  • 200 g (7 ounces) caster sugar
  • 2 level teaspoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 100 grams (4 ounces) butter

cake

  • 130 g (4 1/2 ounces) butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ¬†2 extra tablespoons caster or demerera sugar¬† (for the topping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (almond flour)
  • 6 tablespoons lightly toasted flaked (sliced) almonds
  • icing sugar to dust – optional

Instructions

easy lemon curd

  • add juice, sugar, eggs and cornflour (cornstarch) to a small heavy based saucepan
  • whisk over medium heat till sugar dissolves – approx 2-3 minutes
  • whisk until small bubbles appear on the surface (do not boil) and immediately remove pan from heat and whisk in zest and butter till melted
  • at this point (see above photo) with a spoon give the curd a quick stir and then immediately trace a line across the back of the spoon with your finger tip. If the line remains visible the curd is ready, if it doesn’t continue to stir over low heat for a minute or so longer and redo the spoon test
  • pour into a bowl, allow to cool then cover with clingfilm and refrigerate until it thickens (approx 4 hours)

cake

  • butter and flour a 22 cm (9 inch) springform pan and tap the pan lightly to remove any excess flour
  • preheat oven to 175 c (345 f) and set shelf to middle rack
  • with an electric mixmaster or hand mixer cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy
  • add the flour, baking powder and salt and add to creamed butter and sugar, stirring till combined
  • in a seperate bowl whisk eggs until they are foamy (do not over beat)
  • add eggs and almond meal (almond flour) and mix well
  • using a spatula spoon batter into springform pan and smooth batter
  • spoon dollops of lemon curd around the perimeter of the batter (leaving a 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) border – it uses about 1 1/2 cups of curd
  • dollop 3-4 tablespoons of curd into the centre of the batter
  • sprinkle almonds evenly over the curd
  • sprinkle extra 2 tablespoons sugar over the almonds
  • place on centre shelf of oven for 35 – 40 minutes till almonds are golden brown
  • test with a skewer inserted into the cake part (not the lemon curd) till it comes out clean
  • remove cake from oven and allow to cool on a cake rack for 10 minutes
  • run a knife around the inside of the springform pan
  • release sides of springform pan and cool completely
  • serve with a generous spoon of softly whipped cream
  • enjoy!

Notes

  • curd recipe makes more than you will need for the cake but there is nothing wrong with having a little leftover for a treat later
  • leftover curd freezes well
  • prep time does not include lemon curd refrigeration time
  • Category: cakes and desserts
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon curd and almond butter cake, lemon curd cake, lemon curd desserts, cake

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2 comments

  1. Avatar Carol Curtis says:

    This was a gorgeous cake. My dinner guests went crazy over it. I used it for a couple of occasions over 3 days and kept it in the fridge. I just gave the slices 30 seconds in the microwave to freshen it up before serving it with whipped cream and a little vanilla icecream…..YUMMY…I will definitely do this again.!

    1. Avatar Recipe Winners says:

      Terrific, thrilled you and your guest enjoyed the lemon curd and almond butter cake and thanks for the microwave tip. Jo and Jen

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