Sunken Grape Almond Cake sprinkled with powdered sugar

Sunken Grape Almond Cake

A rich, buttery coffee cake with ground almonds and pops of sweet tart flavour from the little grapes that get baked right inside.
Course Brunch/ Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond, angel food cake, grape
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 366 kcal


  • 1 cup toasted ground almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon zest finely minced
  • 2 cups small grapes
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  1. Grease a 10 inch spring form pan and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy release of the cake after it is baked. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lemon zest.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients until the batter is smooth and spread the it evenly into the prepared pan.
  6. Place small grapes all over the surface of the batter about a 1/4 inch (6mm) apart. Any variety of small grape will work or you can use small pitted cherries or large blueberries instead. Do not push them into the batter just drop them onto the surface.
  7. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until evenly brown on top and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes before releasing the cake and cooling on a wire rack. If you are serving the cake warm, you should still wait the 20 minutes to allow it to settle before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Tip: I toast whole almonds in a preheated 350 degree oven for 5-8 minutes on a cookie sheet. tossing them at least once. I then grind them very finely in a food processor. Be sure to lightly pack the ground almonds into the measuring cup.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Sunken Grape Almond Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/12th cake))
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 28g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 11.2%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.