Almond Crunch Pound Cake


This is a dense, rich cake with a candy-like topping that is easy to make. It freezes really well so you can have a great dessert on hand. Wrap well and store at room temperature up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month. Crisp it in the oven briefly at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for that just-baked taste. Serve with whipped cream and raspberries.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
48 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 8 mins
1 9-inch springform pan



  • ½ cup slivered almonds

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • cup almond paste

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. Combine slivered almonds, 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and milk in a small saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove topping from heat.

  3. Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a bowl.

  4. Beat 3/4 cup softened butter and almond paste in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar and continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition; stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and beat until batter is just mixed, about 1 minute more; pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

  5. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon flour evenly over batter. Spoon the topping over the flour layer.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
21g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 118mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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