I've always thought that the best way to tell how good a dish taste is by seeing how messy the recipe card is. Like a good book will have well worn pages I tend to think that an oft used recipe will be a little dogeared too. The recipe I share with you today, my friends, is a delicious cake. As proof I offer you this photograph:

The recipe was shared with me almost ten years ago and I have probably made it a hundred times. Not even kidding. One year around Christmas I made a bunch of them for people my Mother worked with. One year they were teacher gifts. My husband even went through a phase where almost every other night I was making a fresh one for him to enjoy still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What I love about this cake is that generally speaking you probably have everything you need to make it already on hand. Seriously, look back on that list...it's pretty uncomplicated ingredients. The first time I baked it I only had to get some almond flavor but since we enjoy this cake so much even that is a staple in our pantry now.

Of course me being me means that I changed it a little bit from the original but only because I had no idea what a jelly roll pan was nor could I find one at any local stores. I have since learned that a jelly roll pan is essentially a baking sheet with sides but it was too late. We were hooked on a loaf style as opposed to a sheet cake. So I pour the batter directly into the greased loaf pans, sprinkle the top liberally with sliced almonds and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 to 50 minutes.

In these pictures I made a couple of cute little mini loaves in some pretty Thanksgiving ceramics that someone had picked up for me as a gift. They were pretty adorable and made lovely little take home gifts for some guest we had over Friday after Thanksgiving.

You really should try this cake...simple, great flavor and very moist. But beware that it could lead to a dangerous obsession.

Sharing the goodness with Mealtime Monday, Sweet Sharing Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, Try a New Recipe Tuesday and This Gal Cooks.


  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe - the simple ones are often the most tasty - and you'll bake them often since they're so easy to make! I love the picture of the recipe - and the pretty miniature ceramics!

  2. This sounds like my kind of recipe...one where I have all the ingredients on hand ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet comment about my Tortellini Soup. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll visit again and maybe even follow me back. Have a wonderful week!

    1. That is exactly why it is a favorite, Nici! It's all right there in the pantry :-) I am a follower on your blog now...how could I not be with those adorable burlap birds??

  3. Simple is good! What a great gift idea too! I may just have to nab this recipe and idea for upcoming teacher gifts! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love almond anything so I'll need to try this! I love the pic of your "messy" recipe card! So true! Thanks for stopping by my wedding posts about my sister's wedding and leaving a comment! :) I'm now following you! :)

  5. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it. And I just love the little baking pan! :-)))) Thank you very sharing with us at "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope to see you again this week!

  6. This looks scrumptious and I love how easy it sounds. Thank You for sharing.

  7. Marty- I've loved this every time I've had it so I made it for Christmas. I didn't realize it was so easy. I've been craving it, and since it is so easy and I have everything in the pantry... I'm fixing to make it. Thank you for sharing this treasure. You are a treasure. ~Susan


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