Almond Torte

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Almond Torte

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped roasted, salted almonds
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 a package (7 ounce) almond paste
1 large egg
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy.  Beat in 2 eggs, almond extract, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined - about 1-2 minutes.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in evaporated milk, almond flour and all purpose flour until just combined.  Pour cake filling into prepared pan.  Evenly sprinkle almonds on top. 

In a separate large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese, sugar and almond paste until creamy and well combined - about 1-2 minutes.  Beat in 1 egg until just combined.  Spread cream cheese layer over almond layer.  Bake 35-40 minutes, or until light golden brown and no longer wobbly.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the whipped cream, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form.  Spread whipped cream over cake.

Makes 10 servings

25 comments:

  1. Emily, That looks super delicious. The pictures of the park are so beautiful, especially the waterfall and the trees. Sometimes nature is just magnificent!

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  2. All along the lake there are 2 paths, one for walkers/runners and one for the bikers! Seriously, almost everyone bikes in Chicago!

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    1. Is it safe to bike on the streets?

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    2. Depends on how experienced you are/if you don't get nervous around the cars. I see people riding the streets all the time and some streets have the bike lane. I personally am scared to death to ride on the street!

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  3. Such a fun picnic day. I need to do that more often too.

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  4. looks wonderful!!!
    I love biking in chicago! you can bike along lake michigan, its awesome. When I was younger my Dad lived in Lincoln Park and I loved to bike from there along the lake to downtown Michigan Ave area... so fun :D

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    1. Wow! That sounds like fun! I wonder how long it took?

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  5. I like riding bikes too ... it has been a while. The hubby rides most days though, as he does triathlons. I can't go with him because 3 hours is just too long for me!!

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  6. Well the good thing about having your family not come with you to chicago is that you'll have an excuse to go visit your old home! and you'll find new awesome places in Chi-town. i just know it!

    How did you know that I'm OBSESSED with almond paste??

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  7. That does look amazing! I love that you ride a cruiser, btw. I always feel embarrassed that I don't have a snazzy racing or mountain bike with 10 or 20 gears. But cruisers are such fun (I have a blue one) and I tell myself I get extra exercise because the ride is 'all me,' not just the bike.

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    1. That's all they had at the bike rental. I'm not picky, though!

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  8. Wow, this looks so delicious. Love your pictures!

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  9. I remember when I was looking at things to do for one of our Chicago visits in the past, I saw city bike tours. That looked cool. I love biking, but only if I feel "safe". I don't like traffic or hills that are so steep I feel out of control. Chewingthefat is right about a cruiser. Best bikes out there. When I'm in Chincoteague I love renting a little cruiser and just biking around the Assateague nature trails or to the beach.

    I want to jump into that waterfall!


    love your tart. YOu have me thinking about the mascarpone now. That would be a really good topping.

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    1. I want to go to Chincoteague!

      Yes, Eric and I saw those bikes, too. It would be nice to own your own though.

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  10. What a gorgeous rich tort! I liked the previous one with pb but this one looks absolutely fabulous!

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  11. whoa, loving the sound of all this almond in there! YUM!

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  12. I've recently discovered how much I love almond paste and anything almond flavored.... soo good!

    There are tons of bike riders in the city, I'm always afraid I will hit one when I'm driving! But I got a bike and have yet to ride it on the busier streets, just have to work up the courage!

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    1. I wish there were bike paths. :( I'd rather ride a bike than walk.

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    2. There are bike lanes on a lot of streets, especially in the more neighbor-hoody areas! They're just really small and drivers tend to get frustrated/angry, so it can be a little intimidating. There are tons of people that bike everywhere though!

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    3. I think I could do it on the smaller streets or by the lake.

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  13. That is a gorgeous park indeed, and don't even get me started on the torte. Yummy indeed :)

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  14. Oh yum almonds! Love them love them. You should create a good old British bakewell tart, that is the pudding of champions! xxx

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