Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW! This snowflake cake is a perfect representation of our Ann Arbor weather today. It’s like a winter wonderland outside with delicate snowflakes tumbling from the sky. I’ll be the first to admit that although I love a fresh snowfall, I really dislike driving in the snow. I often try to plan my weekly errands so that I don’t get stuck on snowy roads. The perfect place to be when the weather is bad is tucked inside watching the snow fall outside the window. Even better yet, I love to spend a snowy afternoon in the kitchen baking.
I am actually more excited about the bundt pan I used for this cake than the recipe itself. I acquired this bundt pan at the Nordic Ware outlet when Matthew and I were back in Minnesota around Christmas. Nordic Ware is a Minneapolis-based company that makes AH-mazing kitchenware products. I love their products and have several of their baking trays and pans in my kitchen. I felt like a kid in a candy store during our trip to the outlet. This beautiful snowflake pan was one of several purchases that we made for our kitchen.
I’ve always been a fan of fun-shaped bundt pans because it’s an easy way to make a basic recipe look really special. The recipe for this almond cake couldn’t be easier and all the ingredients are combined in a single bowl. The design of the pan is what really puts this cake over the top. Just adding a little powdered sugar on the top adds the final touch to the presentation. The same snowflake pan can be found on Amazon for $20.
Almond Snowflake Cake
Original recipe from Nordic Ware
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup ground almonds
3/4 cup milk
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour pan and set aside. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time; stir in almond and vanilla extracts.
In a small bowl, stir together, flour, baking powder, salt and ground almonds. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert cake onto a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!
Heather’s Helpful Hints
Perhaps the most challenging part of baking any bundt cake is the delicate process of removing your cake from the pan. Nordic Ware pans often have intricate designs which make this process even more challenging. The following video offers some great tips for preparing your pans for easy cake removal.