Rating: 4 stars
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

Elegant dessert for a Christmas buffet. Not your ordinary pound cake!

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Recipe Summary

cook:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs
prep:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 10 inch Bundt cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until well mixed with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Blend in flour and salt. Mix in almond extract. Turn batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick when inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

  • Break off tablespoon-sized pieces of the almond paste, and shape into holly leaves. Using the tip of a knife, score the shaped holly leaf to resemble veins in the leaves. Mix green food coloring with a small amount of water and brush the holly leaves, repeating until desired color is reached. Set aside on waxed paper. Break off 2 tablespoons of almond paste, and knead in several drops of red food coloring. When color of almond paste is a bright red, break off smaller pieces. Roll into balls to resemble holly berries. Place on waxed paper.

  • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar and milk. Mix until smooth. When the cake has cooled, drizzle with the confectioners' sugar glaze. Top with blanched almonds, and garnish with the marzipan holly leaves and berries.

Nutrition Facts

531 calories; protein 8.3g; carbohydrates 67.8g; fat 26.4g; cholesterol 134.1mg; sodium 245.2mg. Full Nutrition
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