Portuguese Almond Cake


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2/3 cup toasted sliced almonds

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8" round cake pan with oil and flour or parchment paper. Mix egg and buttermilk in a medium size bowl. Add butter and vanilla and stir in. In a separate bowl, mix 3/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder and baking soda and add to liquid mixture. Stir only until mixed and pour into prepared cake pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as pan is cool enough to handle, transfer to a serving platter. Then, while the cake is still hot, heat the water, 1/2 cup sugar and almond extract until sugar has dissolved. Sprinkle almonds over cake and spoon hot syrup over, soaking it into the whole cake. Serves 6-8.