“This is an excellent, excellent cake, although not inexpensive to make. You can make it dairy free, just don't use butter on the pans. It can also be made gluten-free, if you use rice flour. I have not given instructions for icing it, but it should be iced and generally presented quite formally; this is a special occasion cake. I like either a chocolate frosting or glaze on this. Also I have tinted and rolled out marzipan which I then cut with cookie cutters and used to decorate the iced cake. If I put a chocolate glaze on it, I like to add a thin layer of apricot jam over the cake first. "Go nuts!" (Prep time does not include icing or decorating the cake.)”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Line the bottom of 2 round 9" cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Butter (or oil) and flour them, including the parchment paper on the bottoms.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Blend 1/2 of each- that's 1/2 of each- of the nuts, sugar, flour and baking powder in a food processor until the nuts are powdered and everything is well blended.
  5. Add 4 of the eggs and process well.
  6. Pour into one of the cake pans.
  7. Wash and dry the food processor parts.
  8. Repeat with the other half of the ingredients and the other cake pan.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. DO NOT jiggle the pans during baking.
  10. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove them carefully to a rack to finish cooling.

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