Norwegian Almond Cake


A light almond cake with a rich custard topping. Not a pretty cake, but never met a person who didn't like it. However, be careful - not all the ingredients are good for the waistline.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 1 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 2 hrs 10 mins
10 servings


For the Topping:

  • 5 egg yolks

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • cup butter

For the Cake:

  • 5 egg whites

  • 1 ⅔ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 cups almond meal


  1. In a saucepan over low heat, or in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Stir in the heavy cream. Cook and stir until the mixture is very thick: a few drops dribbled onto the surface should be visible. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter until completely incorporated. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface, and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

  3. In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer until it is able to hold a firm peak. In a separate bowl, stir together the ground almonds, baking powder, and confectioners' sugar. Using a whisk or rubber spatula, fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the almond mixture to lighten; fold in the remaining egg whites until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the cake springs back when pressed lightly. Cool cake, then remove from the pan. Spread the glaze on top, and serve.

Editor's Note:

Be sure you are using gluten-free baking powder if you're concerned about gluten sensitivity.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

514 Calories
36g Fat
42g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 514
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love