Easy Majorca Almond Cake Recipe (Gato d’ametlles)
It is not surprising given the number of almond trees on Majorca that almonds would feature in a cake. Originating from Valldemossa, the almond cake recipe gradually made an appearance throughout the island. A slice of this cake makes the ideal end to a meal especially if served with a good ice cream (almond flavour of course!). There are quite a few recipes, but the following will give an authentic tasting cake – and it is easier than you think.
Preparation time: 60 minutes
- 250 grams of icing sugar
- 8 egg yolks and whites separated
- Zest of one lemon
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla pod)
- 250 grams of finely ground almonds
- Oil to grease the tin
- Icing sugar for the top
Mix the icing sugar with egg yolks until smooth, add the lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in the ground almonds. Whip up the egg whites until stiff, add to the bowl and fold into the mix until even. Put in a greased baking tin and bake in a pre heated oven – 350 C (180 F) for 55-60 mins. When cool sprinkle with icing sugar and serve – it won’t last long!!