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Chocolate Almond Cake

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
    16 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large 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 whole milk
  • Sliced almonds, toasted


  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, cream butter, sugar and extracts in a small bowl until smooth. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Spread over cake. Decorate with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 370 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Sharon
    Feb 21, 2021

    Made this for my son's birthday and it turned out beautifully! The only adjustment I made to this recipe was to sift in 2 teaspoons Expresso Powder with the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt mixture. We all love chocolate cake WITH chocolate icing as well, so I added cocoa powder to the frosting ingredients and doubled the recipe as well. Very moist cake with the almond coming through perfectly!! Thanks for this "keeper recipe"!!

  • sadiecb1
    Oct 27, 2019

    I love this cake. It’s my birthday cake because I’m too old for candles. The only thing I’ve changed is to almonds on the frosting. It’s a moist chocolate cake

  • Sue Zappa
    Sep 10, 2019

    My family loves this cake! I make it according to the recipe, but use a simple chocolate ganache in place of the frosting. One of my husband's favorite cakes!

  • destine
    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.

  • cindiak
    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.

  • 235gbt
    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!

  • LBurkey
    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.

  • bella3028
    Apr 29, 2012

    No comment left

  • oxnicoleox3
    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.

  • TrvlTrpr
    Nov 7, 2011

    When my husband and I were dating we used to plan adeventrues. For his birthday I planned an outing that included a picnic with this cake for dessert. However, I skipped the frosting a simply dusted it with powdered sugar. It was a hit and has been made every year since. This year I used a double batch of the cake recipe for my daughter's 2nd birthday to make the Taste of Home Brown Bear Cake (, which was also a hit. I have made the cake 2 or 3 times since as a bundt cake and frosted it with the frosting recipe from the brown bear cake. The results are a very rich and delicious treat.