• 1 ⅓ cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • Milk or cream for brushing top
  • Sliced almonds to decorate top (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and almond flavor and beat well.
  4. Add baking powder and flour and mix well.
  5. Spread evenly between two 9-inch cake pans or pie plates.
  6. Brush tops with a little cream and top with sliced almonds if desired.
  7. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until light brown. Do not over-bake or cake will be dry.
  8. Let cool on rack before slicing and serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes: Serves 20
Total Time: 10 minutes prepping; 30 minutes baking

About the Chef

recipe_vankesslerChef: Linda Van Kessler
Family: Husband Charles Van Kessler; son Rali Schwartz; grandchildren Cici and Jason; Passion the puppy
Community: Encinitas
Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with grandchildren
Favorite Local Activities: Eating in local restaurants
About the Recipe: Both my husband and I are Dutch. He was actually born in Holland, while I was raised in a Dutch community in New Jersey. So making this recipe takes us back to our roots. It is our family favorite.About the Chef: I, along with my husband, am the founder of Passion 4 K.I.D.S., a local charity for children in the United States who are in desperate situations. I am also the CEO of Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins and minerals which my husband created to enhance his own health after being raised in a state-run Amsterdam orphanage during World War II. I love spending every moment possible with my grandchildren.

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