Almond Cake (Torta di Mandorle)
Torta di mandorle, or almond cake, typifies Italian baking—rustic and uncomplicated with a directness of flavor. Not unlike a pound cake, torta di mandorle is delicious served on its own, but it also pairs beautifully with fruits, sauces, or whipped cream.
Why This Recipe Works
For our moist and flavorful almond cake recipe, we liked grinding our own almonds in a food processor along with some sugar to prevent the almonds from turning into a paste. Though many almond cake recipes called only for ground almonds and no flour at all, we determined that some flour (cake flour, in particular) was a good thing—without it, the cake was extremely heavy, but too much and the cake became too light and bland.