Makes 1 full cake

Cut this French almond cake into bite-size rectangles, and add them to your teatime spread as a decadent treat.


• Two 18cm round cake pans
• Two 18cm rounds of parchment paper
• Stand mixer fitted with the paddle beater


• 100g butter + more for the pans
• 50g sliced almonds
• 375g marzipan, roughly chopped
• 6 eggs
• 15g (1.5 tbsp) plain flour
• 15g (1.5 tbsp) potato starch
• 5ml (1 tsp) Grand Marnier
• 5ml (1 tsp) aged rum


1Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas Mark 6. Grease the pans with butter and line the bases with the rounds of parchment paper to prevent the cakes, which are fragile, from sticking. Press the sliced almonds around the sides of the pans, removing any that do not stick.

2Beat the marzipan on slow speed in the bowl of the stand mixer until malleable and smooth. Add the eggs, one by one, and beat for five minutes on medium speed after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. The mixture should be light and airy.

3Melt the butter in a saucepan until foaming. Remove from the heat . Whisk in about one quarter of the marzipan mixture, then the Grand Marnier and rum.

4Sift the flour and potato starch into a bowl. Gently fold the flour and potato starch into the marzipan mixture in the bowl. Slowly pour in the butter mixture and fold it in using a spatula. Divide the batter between the pans, filling them three-quarters full.

5Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F/180·°C/Gas mark 4 and bake for an additional 20 minutes, until the cakes are golden and the tip of a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

6Let the cakes cool completely in the pans before carefully inverting them onto flat serving plates, with the parchment paper uppermost. Carefully peel off the parchment paper.

Recipe extracted from Living France Magazine.


    • 5 stars
      Hey Caroline, that’s a good question. Potato starch can also be known as farina. It is used as a thickening agent and I’m not quite sure what it’s called in French, but it can be substituted with cornstarch, rice flour and even instant (powdered) mashed potato! Hope that helps 🙂


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