Easy almond cake with summer fruit

Easy almond cake with summer fruit

By 23/06/2018

Everything seems so colourful out there! From the glorious flowers, to the wide variety of fruit available and to our mood too. We even dress up with more colourful clothes at summertime, don't we? The sun has an incredible power over our moods and health.

This year we have been having much better weather compared to last year, definitely more sunshine and hotter than usual. So far I spent many hours in the garden getting (sensibly of course) as much sunshine as possible. During the winter I was quite low on vitamin D so now I am topping up nicely.

I feel generally happier and content with my life.. I thought it must be the sun but I know it is not just that. I have to say I am far happier in my 40s than I ever was in my 20s or 30s. It is about confidence at this age and realizing that you have to enjoy every single day of your life and appreciate your health, family, work and anything you have. Never ever take anything for granted and I think you slowly learn to do that as you grow older. And you, how are you feeling about your life?

Baking is certainly something that has the power to make me happier so at the weekend I always bake a cake; I am happy and the rest of the family is too so here you have another super easy one with fresh summer fruit.

This is like a light frangipane as it has almond meal in it. Get any fruit you like: peaches, apricots, strawberries, raspberries... you are going to love it with a good cup of tea or coffee.

We certainly did!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes
  • Yield : 6



In a bowl mix the eggs with the vanilla, the almond meal, the melted butter and the sugar. Mix well then add the sifted flour with the baking powder. Add enough milk to make a smooth consistency.

Pour it onto a well greased round baking tin measuring approx 25 cm or 10 inch diameter and level it well with the back of a spoon.

Peel and chop the fruit into cubes and put it on top of the mixture, pressing well so it will be half covered by the pastry.

Summer fruit cake with almonds

Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake at 180C or 350F for about 30 minutes or until golden on top. Check with a toothpick and leave it in a little longer if needed.

Let it cool down then gently remove it from the mold and sprinkle it with a little vanilla powdered sugar.

Easy almond cake with summer fruit

Easy almond cake with summer fruit

Almond cake with fresh fruit

Easy almond cake with summer fruit

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32 Responses to Easy almond cake with summer fruit

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    That looks just gorgeous. A perfect cake to enjoy with friends and the family. Happy Sunday, Alida.

    • Alida

      I love cakes with seasonal fruit especially in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carla Konsten

    Great recipe! Thank you. I will make it for today”s lunch with fresh apricots. Yummies!

    • Alida

      I love apricots. I am waiting to go to Italy where I will get my dad’s homegrown ones. I hope you enjoyed the cake.

  3. Lorelle

    Looks gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thanks Lorelle, a good one for the whole family.

  4. 2pots2cook

    Absolutely agree: when 40, you know exactly who you are (and are not ), satisfied in every way; we rock dear ! Every way ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Absolutely. You know exactly what I mean. x

  5. Karen Burns-Booth

    What a seductive looking cake Alida, perfect for summer too! Can you deliver please? Karen

    • Alida

      Thanks Karen ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. speedy70

    Una golosa torta estiva, ottima con le mandorle!!!!

    • Alida

      Si con le mandorle l’impasto e’ piu’ umido e gustoso.

  7. Mimi

    I love this cake. And as with all of your beautiful baked goods, it’s also colorful!

    • Alida

      During summer time is just so easy to get inspiration. There is so much fruit around!

  8. Chiara

    ricetta segnata, sarร  sicuramente gradita dai miei ospiti !

    • Alida

      Che bello adesso potrai sbizzarrirti piu’ che mai con la preparazione di colazioni e pranzetti deliziosi per i tuoi ospiti.

  9. All That I'm Eating

    Yes please Alida! This is the perfect summer dessert, so light and full of fruit.

    • Alida

      Yes the more fruit the better!

  10. Sue Olivant

    I made this on Friday for our lovely neighbour who looked after our chickens whilst we were away for a few days. It looked so attractive with all the raspberries and strawbs from our garden. I shall have to make it again so we can enjoy it. Really enjoying the Mediterranean weather and having all our meals out in between the zillion jobs that need doing in our Old Vicarage, and when it all seems a little too much, we just turn around and gasp at the beautiful views! Long may the weather remain, although a shower or two would be good for the parched garden! Xxx

    • Alida

      I have seen your beautiful pictures from your new home! It looks like heaven there! The views are indeed stunning. Enjoy your new adventure and the fabulous sunshine we are having xxx

  11. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    My husband loves simple desserts like this…I’ve pinned it and will be making it this summer.

    • Alida

      I love making cakes but easy ones like this one. There is always so little time!

  12. Sally

    Loved this cake. I used coconut yoghurt instead of milk, did half butter/ half coconut oil, and reduced sugar by half and didnโ€™t sprinkle any on top. I topped with tinned peaches and frozen raspberries and it turned out divine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Alida

      Wonderful! Your version sounds really delicious too!

  13. Jennifer Spencer

    I just made this cake for Sunday breakfast and it was amazing. My husband asked if it was wrong to want to eat the entire cake in one sitting! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • Alida

      Don’t worry I could eat a few slices in one go too! I am pleased you enjoyed it!

  14. Adriana J

    That looks great. Just like everything else you have here. I really want to make this but the only fresh (not frozen) fruit in my house now is apple…. Somehow I don’t think that would work. It’s going on my faves and the next time I’ll be at the store I will pick some plums or pears. I think pears might work?
    Thank you for another good idea and recipe.

    • Alida

      Ciao Adriana, Yes pears will work very well.. most fruits would go well really. My favourite version is with plums though. I made a plum’s crumble today with almonds and I think the combination is great. Enjoy!

  15. Jill

    Hi, what if I replace the almond flour and use normal flour? Will it taste good? Anyone? Thanks

    • Alida

      Yes you can. You might like to add a little more butter though if the mixture feels too dry. This is because almonds make this cake more moist.

  16. esme

    can i make this with fresh cranberries in a loaf tin?

    • Alida

      Hi Esme, yes you can do.

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