Tangy homemade lemon curd and toasty almonds are a match made in heaven in this beautiful lemon curd almond butter cake!—Incredibly moist, buttery, and filled with rich lemon curd pockets.
Guys, this might be the best cake I’ve ever had in my life. No exaggeration or lie, even given the massive amount of cake we partake in around here.
You gotta pardon the humble appearance as well because it is DECEIVING.
And deceiving cakes tend to be ignored until they’re tried once and then all of a sudden you’ve eaten half the pan.
This humble little cake is honestly anything but subtle. Hard to be when you’re boasting tangy lemon curd swirled into a light, buttery almond cake with toasty almonds crowning the top.
Can I call this lemon curd almond butter cake breakfast? Probably not, but I’m sure as heck gonna eat it for breakfast anyways.
One of the things that makes this lemon curd almond butter cake SO incredibly good is unshockingly the homemade lemon curd.
Honestly, if you’re running short on time you can totally use premade lemon curd but if you have a few minutes? I would STRONGLY recommend you make it from scratch. It’s totally easier than it sounds and worth the extra minutes.
From there, it’s a fairly simple butter cake base. I used toasted + finely minced almonds in the batter along with almond extract and then more sliced almonds on top to really enhance the almondy flavors.
And hoooly heck, guys. Combine all of the above together into one simple little cake? It’s literal cake wizardry.
Obviously a little shake of powdered sugar all over errthing’ never hurt anyone, so I would encourage you to powder that stuff to your heart’s content.
And then gorge yourself with cake. Again, to your heart’s content.
Lemon Curd Almond Butter Cake
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds, finely minced
- Additional sliced almonds for topping
- Powdered sugar for serving
- In the bottom pot of a double-boiler, bring a few inches of water to a boil, then reduce heat to low to keep water at a simmer. Whisk egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, and zest into the top bowl of double boiler and place on top of bottom pot of simmering water.
- Whisk lemon curd continuously so the egg yolks don't curdle, Continue over simmering water until curd becomes smooth and thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove curd from heat and immediately add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time whisking well after each addition.
- Place plastic wrap directly on surface of lemon curd and set aside for a moment.
Almond Butter Cake
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper OR lightly grease and flour and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat softened butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in almond extract and eggs until smooth. Fold in flour, baking powder, salt, and ground almonds until batter is smooth.
- Scrape batter into prepared pan. Drop lemon curd by the tablespoon on top of batter within 1-in of edges. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
- Bake cake at 350F 35-40 minutes until cake is a deep golden brown and toothpick inserted in cake part (not lemon curd) comes out clean. Cool cake completely on a wire cooling rack. Dust cake with powdered sugar and cut into squares. Enjoy!
Doesn’t the curd become too hard 40 min in the oven or could it become scrambled ? Could it be put on top of the cake after it’s baked? If this was a tart, there would be no need to cook it again in the oven or maybe just 10 min. I say this because French lemon tart is one of my favorite desserts.
Hi Laura – the curd stays soft after baking. We’ve never had an issue with it scrambling because it’s already cooked prior to baking it in the cake. 🙂 You could definitely drizzle it over the cake after it’s baked if you’re worried about it!
The recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try this out but please can this be made available in grams.
Many thanks in advance
Hi Shania – unfortunately we don’t have the capability to make the recipes on our website available in grams quite yet, but I’m providing you a link so that you can do the conversion of cups-to grams for this recipe! Good luck! https://www.inchcalculator.com/convert/cup-to-gram/
Margaret Nicklas says
Can this cake be made ahead and frozen? If so, with or without the lemon curd?
Yes, this cake can be frozen up to 2 months. No need to leave out the lemon curd!
I just finished making lemon curd from another recipe, and I’d like to try it in this cake. What volume would you recommend? I have just over 2 cups of lemon curd. Thanks!
Hi Susan – you will need about 1/2 cup lemon curd for this recipe. 🙂