One bowl is all it takes to bake this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake sure to please a crowd

One summer while I was living in New York City, my sister Rebe came to visit amidst a strong bout of mono. I remember she was miserable, but forced herself to make the trip because it was my then best friend/roommate’s and my birthday weekend (our birthdays are 5 days apart).

The entire visit was basically spent dragging around a half-sleeping baby. Rebe put up a strong fight against her tiredness, but in the end, she just couldn’t win. Any chance she’d get, she’d rest her head on her arm and try to fall asleep. 

One bowl is all it takes to bake this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake sure to please a crowd

One afternoon, I asked if we could go up on my roof to see Manhattan from above. I was living in the Lower East Side at the time, and my apartment building had a fantastic view of the city.

Rebe, bless her heart, agreed to do it. We climbed the one flight of stairs separating us from the roof and halfway up the stairs, it began:

“Sarah, I can’t do it. I’m too tired.”

“Yes you can! We’re so close!” I told her. She moaned and soldiered on.

One bowl is all it takes to bake this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake sure to please a crowd

The roof had a ‘normal’ part that made the view partially obscured by the roof’s ledge, and then a 5 foot tall block in the center that allowed you to see the city in its entirety. We were going to hop onto it.

I pointed to the block and Rebe said, “No, I can’t do it.” Me being the ever bossy older sister, said “Yes you can! I’ll boost you up, then we can lie down and catch some sun.”

“Sarahhhhhhh,” she wined. But I wasn’t taking no for an answer. I put out my hands to give her foot a boost, but she resisted. “Nooooo,” she said.

One bowl is all it takes to bake this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake sure to please a crowd

The next five minutes were spent trying to coax her onto the block. We were SO close, I told her! Literally just lift your leg up and we’re there!

But she didn’t budge. She just stood there with her head on her forearm and her forearm on the block, eyes closed and half asleep. I couldn’t stop laughing. She couldn’t stop, either, even with her tiredness. It was comical: she merely had to lift a leg, and she wanted so badly to make me happy, but she just couldn’t.

I finally backed down and told her it was OK, that we could go downstairs and she could take a nap. But to this day I laugh every time I think of that story. She tried so hard to push through the tiredness for my sake, but that 5 foot block was just too much. She couldn’t lift her leg. God, what a gem, my sister.

One bowl is all it takes to bake this Strawberry Almond Tea Cake sure to please a crowd

This strawberry almond tea cake has nothing to do with that story. But it is delicious. The almond meal makes it extra moist, and the slivered almonds on top provide a great crunch. Plus, it’s made in one bowl and yet gorgeous enough to present to a dinner crowd. Win-win.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Strawberry Almond Tea Cake
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch orange zest (just a little)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8" cake pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter, oil, eggs, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in orange zest and both extracts.
  3. Turn speed to low and add in flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt until just mixed. Fold in strawberry slices.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Top with slivered almonds. Bake for 40 minutes, or until cake is lightly brown on top and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before sprinkling with powdered sugar and slicing into triangles.

 

48 comments

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your story about your sister made me smile & so does this cake! i only recently got 3 sisters when i married my husband & even though they’re inlaws, i can totally see something like this happening!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, aw thank you Jess! Sisters are so wonderful. I feel so lucky to have mine 🙂

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LOVE simple cakes like this, and that marbled interior is gorgeous ~ sharing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Gah, thank you Sue! So appreciate the share love

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Thank you; I so look forward to your emails and receipes every day.

A n n

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Oh the things we got into with our sisters!! I remember coming home one day from stomping around in the marsh lands behind our house and my sister had mud up to her knees! My mom asked her ‘what were you doing?!?’ and all my sister said was ‘having fun!’ HA

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Awww, that is TOO cute! I love that. Sisters!!!

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Yes the cake is beautiful and would be welcome on any counter, table or cake plate! Maybe if your sis had known this cake might be her reward ,as she lay basking in the sun, she might have made it!-Laurel Bledsoe

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, that is SO true. Next time I will tempt her with my sweets 🙂

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I legitimately lol’ed when I got to “This strawberry almond tea cake has nothing to do with that story.” 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahahahaha. Thank you Leslie <3

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ha ha your story made me giggle! it kind of reminded me of the time my older sister forced fed me baked beans, which was super mean, but also now looking back funny! although i didn’t touch baked beans for about a decade! this cake looks absolutely beautiful, the strawberries are amazing at the moment!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Force fed baked beans?! Ha! I’m so sorry.

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Yup! she was a bit of a turd, but I love her!

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This cake looks so lovely! Easy to make, simple ingredients make it a winner! Guess what I’m making this weekend?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s SO perfect for weekend baking time. So appreciate it Susan, and enjoy!

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I’m usually not for desserts without chocolate, but with this recipe kinda makes me want to try the cocoa-less life;)

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I am so with you– usually I need all the chocolate. But this is an exception 🙂

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I love that story of you and your sister, made me giggle thinking about the things my older sister has put me through. But I must say, there’s just something about a sister. And this cake – wowee sounds delish!

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This cake looks so amazing, my kind of dessert!! I definitely need to make it one day soon! And loved your story and how it has nothing to do with the cake haha.. 🙂

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I made this yesterday – it was easy and it was delish! like others have said, i too look forward to your fun e-mails/posts – thank you! 🙂

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Hello

living “down under” means we do not have fresh strawberries at the moment. I so want to try this cake though. Could I use frozen berries?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes you can!

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this is the first time I visited your site after discovering you on Instagram. This cake looked so good that I made right away!. I switched raspberries for the strawberries and baked it for 45-47 minutes in my oven. The result was a very moist, tasty cake that wasn’t too sweet. Thanks for the recipe – it’s a keeper.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Diana! Yes, I think I saw your photo on IG! I’m so glad you liked it, and thank you so much for commenting!

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Hahaha love that story. I always wished i had a sister for times like that. I guess my brother will suffice 😉 ummm this tea cake looks incredible!

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So pretty, I need this cake in my life! 🙂

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This sounds wonderful but do you think you could substitute rhubarb for the strawberries?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Absolutely!

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Looking forward to trying this when local strawberries are in season. (not sure I want to wait that long, mat have to go with the CA. ones.) One question – does the parchment paper only need to cover the bottom of the pan, or up the sides? Thanks.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks Sandy! Only the bottom!

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I made this last week and it was roundly considered by family and friends to be one of the best tea cakes ever. now i’m making a couple (one regular and one GF) for my son’s teachers. thank you, sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Omg I’m SO glad to hear that! It’s truly a fantastic recipe. So glad you enjoyed it, too! Curious how the GF version comes out 🙂

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I don’t have a sister ???…guess more cake for me!!! great post!

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Hi! I substituted the strawberries for rhubarb and it tastes fantastic! Thanks for an awesome recipe 🙂 one thing I was wondering though, is why my cake was so much cakier and less dense than yours. Do you have any ideas?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Nico! It was less dense? My cake wasn’t dense, per say, but it shouldn’t be super fluffy. Did you use a standard almond flour?

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Hi Sarah! yes, I used ground almonds. They don’t sell it as almond flour here in Germany but it should be the same thing.

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This is one of the prettiest cakes that I have made and it was so easy to put together. Not the mention that the flavors are awesome. Thanks for the recipe!

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So easy and delicious — I’ve made this twice already!

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I made this cake a few hours ago and just had a slice–very tender and just how I like my tea cakes to be. I didn’t have any orange zest so I left that out but followed the recipe otherwise. Fantastic! I’ll try making mini cakes next time. Thank you!

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Do you think it would turn out by substituting the all purpose flour with all almond flour? Looks beautiful!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes! Though the almond flour is what makes this cake so moist.

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Hi Sarah! this looks gorgeous – I’d love to make it in a loaf pan! Do you think that would work? If so, how would I adjust the bake times/anything else?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes, go for it! I would try 45 minutes for the bake, then keep checking every 5 minutes by sticking a knife into the center of the pan and seeing if it comes out clean.

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This cake is amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe…easy, delicious, and beautiful!

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This cake is amazing! It was so easy to make, it’s delicious, and beautiful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 5 stars!!!☺️

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This sounds amazing! Can you make without a mixer?? xx 🤗

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes, just be sure to mix for longer by hand, and incorporate as much air into the batter as you can with a whisk!

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