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Almond-Grape Tea Cake

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • servings: 9
Photography: John Kernick




  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds (1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 18 grapes, halved crosswise

Cook's Note

Start by making rows of grapes on a short side and a long side of the pan. This will give you a guide to follow, ensuring an evenly spaced top.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter and flour an 3-by-8-inch metal loaf pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined, scraping down bowl as needed. In a food processor, pulse almonds and 1/4 cup sugar until finely ground. Add flour and salt and pulse to combine. With mixer on low, beat almond mixture into butter mixture until combined. Beat in vanilla and lemon zest.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer batter to pan and smooth top. Press grape halves into batter in rows and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 1 hour, rotating pan halfway through. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack. To serve, remove cake from pan and slice.

Everyday Food, September 2011



Reviews (2)

  • Sandmuffin 16 Aug, 2012

    this is a great recipe! I used Muscadine grapes that I got at the farmer's market and they worked perfectly. I also decided to use half a pod's worth of vanilla beans in place of the lemon zest. I've baked it as a loaf cake as well as mini muffins (one grape half per muffin) and both came out great. The loaf baked for about 1 hr and 15 min and the mini muffins baked for about 15-17 min.

  • TanuSinghal 13 Sep, 2011

    I have this one before and it turned out so good. Can I use almond flour instead of all purpose flour?