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Mini Almond Bundt Cakes

To make one large Bundt cake instead of six small ones, double this recipe and bake in a 10-inch Bundt pan for 45 to 50 minutes.

  • yield: Makes 6

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Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 6 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 5 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, or plain yogurt
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter six mini Bundt pans; set aside. Spread sliced almonds out on a baking pan, and toast until golden brown. Transfer nuts to a bowl to cool.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, combine chopped almonds, light-brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside. In another medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 6 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; beat until combined. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add 1/3 of reserved flour mixture and half of sour cream; beat to combine. Repeat. Add final third of flour mixture, and beat to combine.

  4. Step 4

    Fill each Bundt pan with 3 tablespoons batter, and spread evenly with a small offset spatula or spoon. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of reserved almond-spice mixture. Top with additional 3 tablespoons batter; the batter should come to within 1/2 inch of the rims of the pans.

  5. Step 5

    Bake until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. Unmold cakes. Place cakes, flat sides down, on a wire rack placed over a baking pan.

  6. Step 6

    Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat until color turns nut brown, about 5 minutes. Pour butter into a medium bowl, leaving behind any dark sediment. Stir in confectioners' sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 3 tablespoons milk until smooth; add an additional tablespoon milk, if necessary, so glaze is pourable. Drizzle glaze over cakes, and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 1998

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Reviews (10)

  • Catherine TO 12 Jan, 2014

    Love the double recipe for big bunt idea. Do I keep oven temp and length of time the same? If not, what did you usr?

  • KathrynFay 15 Nov, 2013

    I made the doubled version of this recipe for one large bundt cake pan. I used creme fraiche instead of sour cream but otherwise followed the (doubled) recipe, and it is absolutely delicious! It's very sweet and very rich, but if you like that, you will love this cake. One practical note: even if you double the recipe to make a large cake, it is not necessary to double the icing recipe. We had way too much and didn't use at least half of it.

  • Hana Baal 11 Jul, 2013

    thank you ....tounsi-cool.net

  • Hana Baal 11 Jul, 2013

    thankyou tounsi-cool.net

  • debbiecorral 4 Feb, 2013

    I made these as individual cakes and they were very good. I was trying them out to see if they were something I wanted to include on a dessert table. Served them with coffee to a girlfriend and my husband. They both raved how good they were, especially the glaze and not too sweet. Think they will balance nicely with the other more decadent desserts.

  • kalm 22 Sep, 2011

    What has happened to the 'print' button? This recipe looks great but it certainly isn't easy to print it now.

  • PeakToCreek 30 Mar, 2009

    Quite a nice 'coffee cake' style cake. I replaced 1/2cup of the flour with wheat germ, quite successfully.

  • mauigleaux 9 Jan, 2009

    This cake is amazing! I have made it at least 6x in the last few months. I always double it and make as a full size bundt. The glaze is heavenly and reminiscent of penuche frosting. This cake has a perfect balance of spice and sweetness and the texture is velvety. We usually enjoy it with fresh strawberries and cream. If there is ever any leftovers, it makes a lovely pair with coffee in the morning!

  • GwenninSpring 5 May, 2008

    These are great! I didn't have enough almonds to do the chopped almonds in the cake AND the almonds on top. I used ground almonds instead of the chopped in the batter. The texture of the cake is fab and so buttery and rich. The streusel inside and the icing (with the toasted sliced almonds!) are really special. I gave these as a gift. Very well appreciated.

  • jc1981 25 Feb, 2008

    These are very tasty. Instead of icing them I filled the centre with frozen raspberries and sliced almonds. I will definitely make them again!