How to Bake a simple White Almond Sour Cream Cake

Those who have been following me on this blog may have noticed that I like to share cake recipes. I know that cake isn’t exactly as healthy as say, cornbread, but I bet more people would rather eat it right?

While I don’t exactly have a cake recipe that I can call a favorite, I can say that white almond sour cream cake is one of the closest to my heart. And why not? This recipe was one of the first cakes that I was able to bake.

White almond sour cream cake or simply WASC is easy to bake that even novice bakers should be able to pull it off.

It is also light and neutral that it can pair easily with any filling and frosting.

Because of those characteristics, this cake has become a fixture in wedding celebrations. Yes, this is one recipe that you can follow in time for your sibling or child’s wedding (just in case the couple is pressed for time in looking for a cake).

Possible flavors

This cake is so versatile that you can alter its flavor. You can go away from the classic white almond and vanilla extract and use another extract like chocolate, coffee or orange. You can even try lemon or lavender.

You are also not limited in your choices for filling and frosting for this cake. Berry fillings would work well. You can also use raspberry and strawberry.

Also, why not try lemon? It can give the cake a nice and light option, while complementing the almond flavor.


Possible decorations

This cake is sturdy enough to hold up to carving, which makes it ideal for use as a wedding cake.

Whipped cream filling and frosting is best for cakes with a light overall texture like this. Buttercream may also be used. It can also go well with vanilla or sour cream.

You can also pour a thin layer of chocolate ganache over the top of the cake. This should be a great foil to the fluffy texture inside this cake. Or place some raw almonds around the cake’s base.

As you can see, there are many flavors that you can incorporate in this cake.


White almond sour cream cake recipe

Ingredients

Prepare the following ingredients for this cake :

  • Three large eggs
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of almond extract
  • One third cup of milk
  • One cup for sour cream
  • Two and a half cups of cake flour
  • One and a half cup of granulated sugar
  • Two and a half teaspoons of baking powder
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • One and a half sticks of unsalted, slightly soft butter

Tip: How do you come up with soft butter? I advise you to cut the butter into 1/2 inch slices then place these on a waxed paper. Leave on the countertop for 10 minutes. The butter should still be cool by the time it is added to the other ingredients.

Step by step guide


  • Preheat the oven to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour an 11x7 inch mold.
  • Mix the eggs, vanilla and almond extract, sour cream and milk in a small bowl. Whisk then set it aside.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in the mixer for half a minute. Ensure that the salt and baking powder are well combined with the sugar and flour.
  • Put the butter pieces one by one on the mixer while it is on medium speed. Beat for an hour or until you notice that the dry ingredients have been moistened by the butter. The mixture should look like coarse sand.
  • Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Then slowly add half of the egg mixture while the mixer is on very low speed. After 1 ½ minutes, increase the speed of the mixer to medium. The batter should be thick and fluffy by that time.
  • Continue to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Put the remaining egg mixture in two instances. There should be a gap of 20 seconds between the pouring of the mixture, giving you enough time to scrape the bowl and beat the egg mixture.
  • Bake this for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also insert a toothpick in the middle. You'll know that the cake is done when this comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool first before serving.

Frosting

As I mentioned earlier, there are many ways to decorate this cake. I’ll share with you how to decorate it with cream cheese frosting.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups of softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup and ½ tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups of sifted powdered sugar

Step by step guide

Add butter and sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Cream together by using the paddle attachment. Continue until the mixture has become smooth and shiny.

Add the cheese and mix thoroughly for 2-3 minutes. You now have a frosting that you can use to decorate the cake. If you are not to use this immediately, then I suggest you refrigerate it until needed.


Conclusion

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