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So I wanted to make an almond cake for Valentines day

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(Hello! First post, please excuse my awkwardness! haha)

So, I really wanted to bake an almond cake for Valentines Day. I had the perfect plan, a layer cake, with a raspberry sauce filling, and a chocolate ganache glaze. It seemed like a great idea. Raspberry sauce is easy, so is a ganache. Not problems there. The cake however....I didn't have a recipe. Originally, I was just going to wing it. Easy enough. But then I started last minute freaking out, and decided I would find a recipe. I got a lot of recipes that started off with a boxed cake mix, and thats just not how I do things. I finally settled on Smitten Kitchen's recipe. There is only one problem. Almond paste.

I do not have almond paste, and would rather not go out and buy some if I can avoid it. I do have finely ground almond flour/meal. Can I use this to make almond paste? Or am better off just buying some?

tl;dr Can I use finely ground almond flour to make almond paste?

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  1. If I were you, I would buy the paste. I've only made an almond cake once, and it called for the paste. It's a very concentrated almond flavor, and the rest of the cake is so basic that doing without it could be really detrimental. I suspect it's a texture thing as well.

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    1. re: katydid13

      Well, I was planning on still using the almond paste. I was just going to make it myself with the almond flour that I have. But the recipes I've seen for the paste call for whole almonds, that you then grind yourself. I know grinding them myself would most likely make the grind a lot more course than the fine grind of the flour I have.

      So I'm not subbing out the paste. I'm just curious if I can make it myself with the flour I have.

      1. re: emalineisabear

        Hmm. I suspect the whole almonds would add some valuable oil to the mix. Is the flour oily at all?

    2. This is a lovely cake from Suzanne Goin, and doesn't call for almond paste. Let me know if you want me to type in the recipe.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3970...

      1. If you have almond flour on hand (wow), then why not make a financier? Crispy outside, tender cake inside, very good almond flavor. And a great with a sauce (though I'd go on the side or bottom to preserve the crispy crust).

        1. Thanks for the responses, guys.

          I went ahead and made the paste with the flour I had on hand. So far, so tasty! I'm gonna do a test run on the cake tomorrow, and see how it turns out.

          1. Hi, there! Here is a link to an almond paste recipe:

            http://caffeineandpork.posterous.com/...

            It takes a bit of time, but it isn't hard to do.