Easy Almond Cake

Almond is possibly one of my favorite flavors. Give me all the Banket, almond croissants, and almond poppyseed muffins – yes please! This cake was always a childhood favorite when my grandmother made it. This Easy Almond Cake doesn’t last long at our house with my kids either!

piece of almond cake on a white plate with a cup of coffee

This recipe uses a yellow boxed cake mix, so it is really fool proof. It is so quick and easy to throw together.

I love it with a cup of coffee for a weekend breakfast treat. It would be a great addition to a brunch menu as well. Top it with ice cream, caramel, and sliced almonds for a delicious dessert at your next dinner party too.

almond cake on white plate with fork and striped napkin

The key ingredient is almond paste. It can sometimes be tricky to find at certain grocery stores. It is always available at the Dutch Bakery near us, but our local grocery store carries it too. It is typically easier to find around Christmas. When I do find it I often buy a few packages and freeze it.

Sometimes it can be found in the baking aisle, but often it’s refrigerated by the deli, or specialty cheeses. You need the solid kind of almond paste for this recipe, because you are going to grate it. I like the Amish Country brand the best. I’ve bought the canned variety before and it was too liquidy.

almond cake on a white plate with a fork and cup of coffee

To make this easy almond cake recipe, make the yellow cake batter according to the directions on the box. Then you make the almond filling/topping, which is just the grated almond paste and sugar. So easy!

piece of almond cake on a white plate with a cup of coffee

Easy Almond Cake

Yellow boxed cake mix with an almond paste topping makes a quick and delicious almond cake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 402 kcal


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 c water
  • 1/3 c butter softened
  • 10 oz almond paste grated
  • 1 c sugar


  • Preheat oven according to cake box instructions. 350 for my brand cake mix
  • Make yellow boxed cake mix batter according to directions by combining eggs, cake mix, butter, and water. Mix well.
  • Grate almond paste into a medium sized bowl.
  • Add the sugar and mix with a fork until you have a crumbly consistency.
  • In a greased 9×13 pan pour half of the cake batter.
  • Top with half of the almond sugar mixture.
  • Pour the rest of the batter on top.
  • Top with the rest of the almond sugar mixture.
  • Bake according to cake box instructions. For me that was 40-45 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 389mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 2gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cake, easy almond cake
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almond cake on a white plate with a striped napkin

The grated almond paste mixed with the sugar makes the most delicious crispy crumble on top. I could eat it on top of anything!

My kids tend to eat this Easy Almond Cake right out of the pan with forks, but if you are more civilized allow it to cool and serve in squares.

Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.

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  1. Yum! I’m here from Thistlewood Farms. I’m guessing you’re a west Michigan gal of Dutch extraction (I married into it!). Almond flavored goodies are among my favorite things that I have been introduced to by my husband’s family.

  2. Could you recommend any other brand of almond paste that would work? I don’t see any Amish Country available anywhere.
    Many thanks!

    1. As long as it’s sort of a solid brick and not the canned more liquid version it should work. It should come in a block almost like cheese.

  3. This cake reminds me of the almond pastries that Costco sometimes sells. They also have a similar crumble topping that is to die for. I am going to give this cake a try! Is the Amish Country almond paste in the form of a small cheese? I looked it up and I want to make sure it’s the one you’re referring to. Thank you!

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