Kool G Rap and RZA say “cakes” about 34 times in the song of the same name. “Cakes” has an on-point Curtis Mayfield sample with lyrics like “Shaolin gods, we known to stack cakes” and “Yo we divide cakes to rise the stakes.” Those lyrics got me thinking about what could be stacked on top of a cake. Here’s a Hungry Hip Hop almond cake recipe with enough stacked almonds atop to test your patience. Even if RZA is talking about cakes of a different sort, you can still make this delicious cake for your next dinner party.
- 8 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 6 egg whites
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- slices almonds (enough to cover cake)
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tsp. milk
Preheat over to 375
Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan
Heat butter over medium heat until melted and brown (takes 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Combine almonds, flour, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt in food processor until almonds are completely ground.
In large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar on high speed until peaks form. Add remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Fold in almond / flour mixture. Fold in brown butter.
Pour batter into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool cake for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool further on a baking rack. Set aside.
To make the glaze: heat butter over medium heat until melted and brown (takes 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.
In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar into butter. Slowly add mix until it is a glaze consistency.
Put the cake on a serve plate. Drizzle glaze over the cake. Garnish with almonds by stacking them in a circular pattern across the top of cake.
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