Simple Almond Paste Coffee Cake

This simple almond cake is made using almond paste (and not almond flour) resulting in a moist and fluffy almond paste coffee cake. This almond cake is so easy to make!

Belula June 01, 2022
The sliced almond cake on a black tray with a knife on the side as seen from the side.

This simple almond cake will become a favorite in your household (as it has in mine!)! Such an easy treat to prepare, this cake is made using almond paste instead of almond flour, which makes it extra moist and fluffy. Almond coffee cake is super easy to make, takes almost no time, and is totally worth it; It can also be made gluten-free! I hope you love this almond paste cake as much as we did at home! I can’t wait for you to give it a try.

The sliced almond cake on a black tray with a knife on the side.
The sliced almond cake on a black tray with a knife on the side as seen from the side.
A closeup of one slice of almond paste cake with a fork on the bottom left of the frame.

Ingredient & Material Notes

  • Almond paste: use one that is at least 50% almond.
  • Sliced almonds: these are used to cover the cake and make it look pretty. If you don’t have them or can’t get them, no worries, this almond paste cake will still taste great without them.
  • 24cm round cake tin: I used this cake tin as it is nonstick and makes removing the cake that much easier.

How to make this recipe

Making this simple almond cake is straightforward. You just:

  • Prepare the cake tin.
  • Make the almond cake batter.
  • Bake the almond paste cake.
  • Remove the cake from the tin.
  • Enjoy!
The cake tin covered with sliced almonds and butter.
Almond paste and one egg inside a mixing bowl.
Smoothed out almond paste inisde a mixing bowl with one egg on top.
Melted butter and some of the almond cake batter mixed inside a small bowl.
Sifting the dry elements inside a strainer over the almond cake batter.
The almond cake batter inside a grey bowl with a spatula on the side.
THe almond paste cake inside the cake tin ready for the oven.
The baked almond paste cake inside the cake tin with a kithen towel on the side.
The almond cake on a wire rack.

Recipe notes

  • Use softened butter to butter the cake tin.
  • To make softened butter, either leave the butter at room temperature for about 1 hour. Or use the microwave in small intervals until the butter has attained the consistency of mayonnaise.
  • Use a brush to butter the cake tin.
  • Cover the whole tin, both the bottom and the sides, with the sliced almonds. Try not to touch the tin when doing this as you will remove the butter. Just place the almonds inside the tin, then move the tin around in a circular manner. Turn it over to remove any excess sliced almonds. If you see it has not been properly covered, then repeat this once again.
  • Preheat the oven (160°C /320°F) before you start to make the almond paste cake. This way you can bake it straight away once you are done.
  • Melt the butter first, then set aside until ready to use. You want to mix the butter into the almond cake batter while still warm but not hot.
  • Make sure to smooth out the almond paste with 1 egg before adding the rest of the eggs into the batter.
  • Use the paddle attachment to mix this cake batter.
  • Once you have added all 4 eggs into the batter, mix for 10 minutes at medium speed.
  • Make sure to sift the flour and cornstarch before adding them to the batter.
  • If you will be using rum, you can add it to the almond cake batter at the end.

Expert notes on Baking this Almond Paste Cake

  • This almond cake will be turned over once it has been baked, and the sliced almonds will show on the top and the sides of the cake, making it look pretty.
  • This is why I use a nonstick cake tin, as lining the cake tin with parchment paper is not an option if we want to go for this specific look.
  • Properly buttering the tin is key to being able to remove the cake from the pan!
  • If you don’t have the sliced almonds or don’t want to add them, then you can bake the almond paste cake like any other cake, in which case you can line the cake tin with parchment paper to help you remove it once it has been baked.
  • To remove the almond cake from the tin, let it sit for a couple of minutes on a wire rack inside the cake pan. Then, run a knife between the cake and the cake tin (if necessary) and turn the cake tin over the wire rack letting the cake fall.
  • If it doesn’t come out, it means you didn’t butter the cake tin properly and it might be stuck. In this case, you can grab the cake tin and the wire rack together and shake them 3 times to help remove the cake.
A closeup of the crimb of the almond paste cake.
The almond paste cake sliced on the black tray with a spoon on the side.
2 hands holding the tray with the almond paste cake.

Storage tips

This fabulous, moist, almond coffee cake keeps at room temperature for 5 days. Once it has been sliced open you can cover the edges with saran wrap to prevent it from drying out.

You can keep it inside an airtight container if you prefer, but it’s not mandatory.

Freezer instructions

This simple almond cake can be frozen and does so beautifully. I often double the recipe and make 2, then freeze one to have for later!

To do so, once the cake has completely cooled, cover with 2 layers of saran wrap, place in an airtight container or freezer bag, and place inside the freezer. It keeps for up to 3 months.

To defrost: place at room temperature overnight. Then remove the saran wrap and enjoy!

Variations for this recipe

This simple almond coffee cake can easily be made into a raspberry almond cake. To do so, once you have placed the batter inside the cake tin, add 50g of crushed raspberries to the batter. You can also replace the rum with raspberry alcohol.

This cake can be made gluten-free. To do so, simply replace the flour in the recipe with the same amount of cornstarch.

For a pretty finishing touch you can also sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar before serving.

The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 10 slice
Nutrition: 90 cal
Cuisine: French


  • Almond Paste 300 g
  • Eggs 4
  • All-purpose Flour 25 g
  • Cornstarch 25 g
  • Unsalted Butter 90 g
  • Rum (optional) 10 g
  • Sliced Almonds (for baking) 30 g


  • 1. Prep the cake tin: Butter the cake tin with softened butter, then line the tin with the sliced almonds, covering the bottom and the edges of the tin. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F)
  • 2. Make the almond cake batter: Melt the butter and set aside. Sift the flour and cornstarch and set aside. Using the paddle attachment, smooth out the almond paste with 1 egg. Once you have obtained a smooth mixture, add the rest of the eggs one at a time. Once properly incorporated into the batter, mix for about 10 minutes at medium speed. Mix the melted butter into the almond cake batter, then fold in the flour/cornstarch until combined.
  • 3. Bake the almond paste cake: Pour the almond paste cake batter into the cake tin. Bake for about 35 minutes; Until the cake is golden and completely set.
  • 4. Remove the almond cake from the tin: Once you have removed the cake from the oven, let it sit for 2 minutes, then turn over the tin over a wire rack and remove the tin. Let it completely cool down before you eat it. Enjoy!
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Hanneke Gibb June 02, 2022

Good morning from Australia… would love to make this on the weekend but am just checking that there’s no sugar in the recipe ? and Is there a optimal time to add the coffee in . Thanks in advance.

Belén Gowland
Belula June 03, 2022

Good morning Hanneke!
So happy to hear you will be making this cake! Indeed there is no sugar in the recipe, because the almond paste has sugar in it, so no need to add anymore. And there is no actual coffee in this recipe. I know it is confusing (it was for me too) :) Apparently, coffee cake is a cake you can enjoy with your coffee, but has no actual coffee in it! Some American friends taught me this recently! Hope this helped!

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