Pavé aux Amandes – French Almond Cake

My wife has been asking me to bake her a French cake known as Pave Aux Amandes … for some time now. This year, Mother’s Day and her birthday happened within the same week, and I could not resist the temptation to kill two birds with one stone.

I had no idea what this cake is about and how easy it is to make. As it turns out, it is both delicious and simple – a combination that is hard to come by. I had low expectations for my baking qualities (aside from cookies, this was my first proper baking experience) but the cake turned out alright.

Pavé aux amandes

The finishing touch and – voila – the cake is ready to be enjoyed! Here is the recipe – again, it’s not super complicated and it doesn’t even need any tips.

Pavé aux Amandes
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 12
Pavé aux Amandes is a French tart-like cake made with almond flour, eggs, sugar and butter. It is extremely easy to make and so delicious.
  • 125 gram butter
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 250 grams blanched almond flour
  • Sliced almonds
  1. Butter a square or round baking pan, both bottom and sides; layer sliced almonds where buttered
  2. Cream 125 gram softened butter with 200 grams sugar until blended
  3. Blend in 5 whole eggs followed by 250 grams blanched almond flour
  4. Bake at 325ºF for about 45 minutes
  5. Cool the cake down a bit and turn it out onto a cooling rack
  6. Dust the top with powdered sugar


Here’s me, introducing the cake to my audience!

Enjoy it with coffee, mascarpone and fresh berries. Apparently, it’s a common afternoon snack in France!

Needless to say, the wife was awed, smitten, blown away. Coupled with flowers, lobster dinner and my (temporarily) good manners, the cake made the holidays a success. Consider making it for your loved ones for a special occasion.

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