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Almond Good Luck Cake Recipe

Almond Good Luck Cake Recipe

I make this cake for every New Year's Eve dinner. It's said that the person who finds the one whole almond inside will have good luck during the upcoming year. —Vivian Nikanow, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 whole almond
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • 1. Combine almond and 1 tablespoon flour; sprinkle into a well-greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon juice, peel and extracts. Combine the baking powder, salt, baking soda and remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour into prepared pan. Insert whole almond into batter.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • 5. For glaze, melt preserves in a microwave or saucepan; strain. Add orange juice; drizzle over warm cake. Yield: 12 servings.

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 52062
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Oh, my gosh, did my family love this cake when I made it yesterday!! When our kids were little, I made a similar cake for Epiphany every year. It was always exciting to see who got the almond. The one who did got to wear a crown for the day. The flavor of this cake is much better than the one I used to make. My husband said this is his new "favorite" cake! So light, & the citrus flavor is delicious. I added 1/2 tsp more of the lemon peel because we like lemon cakes, but other than that, I didn't change a thing. Will be making it often during the year! Thank you, Vivian, for sharing this delicious recipe!"

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 101502
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"Awesome cake! I use a lemon flavored glaze instead of apricot. This will be our new tradition along with baking traditional Irish soda bread to go with our meal."

Janet157 User ID: 7371675 82339
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"This is a winner!"

Neeneeskitchen User ID: 7475892 117105
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013


KCMPKG User ID: 3320286 130018
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

"Hi Viv,

Sounds like a cake I should make
Marty @ KCM"

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