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Peach & Almond Shortcake

A moist and lightly sweet cake made with almond paste for extra almond flavor. Top with sweetened cream and enjoy!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Author: Tricia


For the shortcake:

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces (1 stick)
  • 3.5 ounces almond paste, frozen, then grated using the large-hole side of a box grater
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water for brushing on top of shortcake
  • Coarse sugar for topping
  • sliced almonds for topping
  • Sweetened whipped cream for serving if desired

For the peaches:

  • 4-5 sliced peaches, peeled or unpeeled about 4 heaping cups
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon, about 1 1/2 tablespoons


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the chilled butter pieces to the flour and mix using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  • Add the grated almond paste and blend using a spatula or fork.
  • Mix the almond extract with the buttermilk and pour into the flour mixture. Gently fold together just until combined, do not over mix.
  • Spoon the mixture into a greased 8” springform pan (use an 8 or 9 inch cake pan if desired - carefully watch the baking time if using a 9” pan). Brush the shortcake with the egg wash then sprinkle with coarse sugar and almonds.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes then remove from the pan and continuing cooling on a wire rack.
  • While the cake is cooling combine the peaches, sugar and lemon juice and let stand at room temperature.
  • Serve the shortcake sliced into wedges topped with the sliced peaches, peach syrup and sweetened whipped cream if desired.