101 st post , Yay! : Almond Cake and Almond Cake trifle

IMG_5475Almond Cake trifleLast week after I hit the ‘publish’ button, I realized that was my 100 th post! So much for waiting for a long time for my 100th post so I could create a special post! 🙁  Anyways then I thought 101 is a more auspicious number than 100 ..at least in India that is true! Hence you find all cash gifts at weddings and other auspicious occasions all ending in 1. Thus I began wondering what I should post for my 101st? But of course!…. the Almond Cake trifle which I have been meaning to post for last several weeks! An Almond Cake trifle certainly is worthy of an 101st post, don’t you think?

Well for one, Almonds are so healthy for you! So adding them in desserts means you could eat two servings instead of just one! LOL! ! Here’s a quick and short tutorial (Almonds 101 🙂 ) on the goodness of almonds –  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, almonds are also a good source of magnesium and potassium both of which help to maintain blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health.How to best consume them? Eat them with their skin on – Whole almonds provide the most heart health benefits. You can read all you need to know about almonds here.

And now are you ready for a trifle with an almond theme? The trifle is made with an almond cake, has layers of custard and fresh fruits, has almond biscuits for crunch and then also has a liberal sprinkling of almond flakes!  So it is sure to make you healthy and happy! 🙂  The almond cake is something that I just tried recently substituting part of the flour with ground almonds and imparting a citrusy flavor with lime juice and lime zest.  So I then decided to use the almond cake for an almond themed trifle for a potluck dinner and it was such a huge hit!  I am therefore bringing this to the Fiesta Friday gang too this week! 🙂

Almond Cake and Almond Cake trifle

  • Servings: About 15-20
  • Time: about 2 hours including baking time
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

For the Cake:

1/2 cup almond flour(I ground almonds using a food processor-be sure to stop before they start becoming pasty!)
1 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking pow
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 stick (20 oz or 1 1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
6 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp grated fresh lime zest(optional)

For the custard:

3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup cold milk
about 5  tbsps of custard powder (or plain corn starch)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (or rose essence)

Additionally you will need::

1 cup heavy whipping cream
about 2-3 cups fresh fruit slices (or a mix of fresh and canned fruits)
a dozen almond thin biscuits, broken into bite size pieces
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Method:

You will need a trifle bowl or a large deep wide bowl. Bake the cake the first and let cool for at least an hour before assembling the trifle.

Pre-heat oven to 350 deg F. Grease and flour a 9 by 6 inch rectangular baking pan.

In a large plate or a tray, mix the almond flour,flour and baking powder and salt. Keep aside.

Take a medium size mixing bowl and mix the butter and sugar using a hand mixer until creamy. Next add the eggs two at a time and continue to mix until creamy and smooth.

Now add half of the flour mixture along with half of the sour cream and mix until fully incorporated. Add the rest of the flour mixture and the sour cream and also add vanilla and the lime juice and the lime zest.

Pur the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 deg F for about 30-40 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean. remove from oven and let cool for about 1 hour before cutting into slices.

Making the custard:

Take a medium size heavy bottomed cooking pan and heat milk in it. Add the sugar to the milk and stir. While the milk is heating, In a small bowl mix the cold milk and the corn starch (or custard powder) – make sure there are no lumps and to the hot milk slowly add this corn starch mixture stirring continuously as you do so (make sure heat is on low) and continue to stir until the custard forms (the milk will turn all thick and creamy). Immediately take off from heat and let cool for about sn hour at least (You can also make this custard in advance and keep in the fridge)

Making whipped cream:

Take the heavy whipping cream in a medium size bowl and using a hand mixer whip it on medium to high speed for about 4-5 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy.

Assembling the trifle:

Take the trifle bowl (or any other bowl) and first add a layer of the cake slices. Then add a little bit of the custard on top. Then add the whipped cream followed by the fruit pieces and the almond biscuit pieces and the sliced almonds. Repeat this layering until you reach top of bowl (or until all your ingredients are exhausted!).

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0 thoughts on “101 st post , Yay! : Almond Cake and Almond Cake trifle

  1. Congratulations on your 101th post and it certainly did call for a yummy almond cake trifle celebration! 🙂 As one of the blogs I have always enjoyed, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-vT. Have a lovely day!

    1. yes aren’t they pretty! That’s one thing I like about trifles I think – that they look so pretty and when you bring them to a party, folks are so impressed! 🙂 And the other thing about trifles I like is that the cake is always moist because of the custard and the fruits…yumm! 🙂

  2. OMG, Indu! Congrats on #100 and #101!! What a great recipe to celebrate this exciting event! And I’m so excited that you are celebrating with us here at FF! I will take a giant dish of this please, and happily consume it in your honour! 😀

  3. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Indu…and congratulations on number 101!! That is something to celebrate!! I’m so happy for you…and I look forward to 100 more, and then 100 more, and then 100 more!! And what perfect way to celebrate than with all of us on Fiesta Friday…and….with this beautiful almond trifle! I love almonds…and this dessert is right up my alley! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! <3

    1. thanks Prudy! ha ha thanks for the support and motivation! The way I am learning so many new and fabulous recipes from you and the other bloggers, I definitely have so many that i would like to try so I am sure that will keep me going for the next 100 and then 100 and more LOL ! 🙂

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