This…has to be one of my all time favorite Christmas treats. Eating it with a spoon doesn’t work so well, but if it did, I would definitely have it on my “Things Worth Eating With a Spoon” list.
You are going to love this recipe for its simplicity, but even more for its wonderful taste. My mother in-law got this recipe when she lived in Sweden and it became a huge family favorite.
I made several of these a few years ago and gave them as neighbor gifts for Christmas. One neighbor said that after she tasted it, she let each of her children have a small piece and then hid the rest of it for herself. I can’t blame her, I think that’s a perfect thing to do. A secret hiding place for basic sustenance items during this time of year is a necessity. Afterall, a mom needs to keep up her strength and energy to get through the Christmas season with hope and joy and a smile on her face.
Although this is labeled as a cake, its texture is actually more like a chewy cookie. It should be slightly crispy on the outside and dense and moist on the inside, so get the idea of ‘cake’ right on out of your mind.
This is amazingly easy to make and is stirred with a spoon, not a mixer. If you use it for gift giving, bake it in a disposable aluminum pie tin, wrap in plastic wrap and tie with colorful Christmas ribbon. Easy, easy, easy!Print
Swedish Almond Cake
Although it is called a “cake”, this wonderful dessert is more like a moist, dense, chewy cookie. It is full of wonderful almond flavor and is very addictive. You’re going to LOVE it!
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup white flour
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (or more to taste)
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds (more or less per personal preference)
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
- In a large bowl, stir together sugar and flour.
- Stir in butter. The mixture will be somewhat crumbly.
- Mix the eggs and almond flavoring together, then stir into the sugar, flour and butter mixture.
- Spread evenly in a lightly buttered pie plate.
- Sprinkle slivered almonds on top.
- Bake at 350° for about 25-35 minutes until edges are light golden brown. Cut into wedges while still slightly warm. 16 wedges is a nice size for easy handling.
My sister in-law doubles this recipe and bakes it in a 9″ X 13″ baking dish. I haven’t ever tried it this way, but Annie Bananie says it works great and I totally trust her kitchen expertise!