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Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe

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Fluffy white homemade frosting tops this rich chocolate almond cake. Sliced toasted almonds on top add a little crunch. —Sherri Gentry, Dallas, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 370 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 386 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream and extracts; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, cream butter, sugar and extracts in a small bowl until smooth. Add milk until frosting achieves desired spreading consistency. Spread over cake. Decorate with almonds. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Almond Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p67

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"@235gbt - Really? 1/2 teaspoon is too much sodium? Wow. Did you even make the cake or did that immoral 1/2 teaspoon of salt earn it the lowly one star? In my opinion, it's a delicious cake. For the pious eaters out there just leave out the salt and don't rate a recipe if you haven't bothered to make it."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"I love chocolate and almond together. This cake is very moist and delicious. I skip the frosting and drizzle chocolate ganache over the cake and garnish with toasted sliced almonds."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"that sure is a lot of sodium for 1 slice of cake! I would have to do some major changes to fit n2 my healthy way of eating!"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I love a hint of almond in baked goods. This homemade cake and frosting are delicious and the almond is a great addition. This cake is worth the extra effort and is pretty to look at."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I made this for my mom's birthday and she absolutely adored it. It has a perfect blend of both chocolate and almond. It's perfectly balanced so there isn't too much of anything."

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