Hey guys! I hope you are all a few pounds heavier and happier after Thanksgiving- I know I am!

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Annnnd we’re onto Christmas, amirite? Actually if I’m being honest, I’ve had my tree up for several weeks already, and there were presents wrapped long before Thanksgiving. I love Christmas and the holiday season all together, so I’m all for early celebrations!

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This cake is so interesting to me, and it feels very wintery and Christmasy to me also- maybe because of the generous dusting of powdered sugar on top. It’s packs a strong almond flavor, and it’s kind of an interesting take on a coffee cake.

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First, you want to partially bake your cake so that it holds up with the meringue on top, and so that it will be finished cooking when the meringue is nice and toasty. Then, you spread a soft-peak-whipped meringue on top, and sprinkle sliced almonds all over. When you bake it, it will get all puffy and lightly toasty. Then, when it cools, the meringue settles down, and becomes a thin, crispy, sugary layer of goodness sitting atop a pretty cake.

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I’m into it tbh, it’s super easy, and really unique! I first heard about this as something called a Swedish Visiting Cake. I don’t know too many of the details about it, or what it’s supposed to be, but this seems fairly similar to the original concept!

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So anyways, I think let’s make this cake for visitors, let’s make it for breakfast, and let’s make it for desserts when company comes over for a cup of coffee. It’s winter, it’s holiday time, so I’ll just be over here baking, and I know you will be too!

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Almond Meringue Cake

Servings 8 slices


For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For the meringue:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 tbs sliced almonds
  • 2-3 tbs. powdered sugar


For the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a tall 8 inch cake pan or spring form pan. If using a cake pan, insert a piece of parchment paper with flags up to help remove the cake. NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE A TALL PAN HERE! The meringue will puff, so you need the room!

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, and sour cream and beat until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt, and beat until smooth. The batter will be thick. 

  3. Spread evenly into your prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cake is puffed up and slightly golden. 

For the meringue:

  1. While the cake is baking, beat your egg whites until foamy. Add in the cream of tartar, and beat until you have stiff peaks. Very slowly, add in the sugar while beating. Then, beat in the salt and almond extract. You should have a glossy, medium/soft peak meringue. 

  2. Remove the cake from the oven, and carefully spread the meringue evenly over the top. Sprinkle with almonds. Return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes. The meringue will be puffy and lightly toasted. Cool completely, and dust with powdered sugar through a mesh sifter. Enjoy! 


  1. Michele

    December 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    What a fantastic holiday treat! It would even be wonderful with hot tea on a Spring afternoon. A keeper. You help me feel like a successful high-altitude baker. So lucky I found your blog and Sugar High cookbook.

    • Dough-Eyed

      December 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Michele! Thank you so much for all the kind words!! This really is one of my fav new recipes, it's so festive!!

    • Rena Bacci

      May 7, 2022 at 10:54 am

      Should I use a Convection oven? Or just regular?

      • Dough-Eyed

        May 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm

        Hi there- convection ovens are not super common where I'm at so I always bake in a regular oven. If you do decide to bake in convection, you'll want to reduce the temperature by about 25 degrees.

  2. Susana Quijano

    July 5, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Can I use almond flour for this cake?
    If yes how much?

    • Dough-Eyed

      July 5, 2021 at 4:21 pm

      Hi there- I have not tested this recipe with a full almond flour swap, but in general it can be tough to swap out almond flour in a cake recipe because it's a bit heavier in bakes. If you're looking for a gluten free option though, I would suggest a 1-1 baking flour mix instead.

  3. Jo Reyes

    July 6, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Hello! do any adjustments need to be made to this recipe if one is not baking at high altitude?


    • Dough-Eyed

      August 7, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Hi- yes, unfortunately I'm not able to test recipes at sea level. But my suggestion would be to increase the baking powder by 1/4 tsp and decrease the flour by 3 tbs.

  4. Elisa Rambo

    November 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I want to make your recipe, which looks delicious, but I am at sea level. Any advice on how to accommodate for the lower altitude, if any?

    • Dough-Eyed

      November 21, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      Hi- I can't test recipes at sea level, so I can't say for sure, but I would recommend that you increase the baking powder to 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder, decrease the flour by 2 tbs. For the meringue, you shouldn't need to make any ingredient adjustments, but you'll want to make sure you beat it to medium-stiff peaks (instead of soft). I hope that helps!

  5. Pat O

    January 3, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Have you made this cake gluten free with either almond flour or one to one replacement flour? It looks delicious but I have many gluten-free friends.

    • Dough-Eyed

      January 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm

      Hi there- I have not made this cake with a GF flour, no. But in general, I prefer to swap in a cup-for-cup gluten free flour mix, and you may find that you need to add a little additional fat to the cake recipe to compensate for the GF flour- it absorbs more liquid. So I would increase the butter by 2 tbs. as well for this one. I hope that helps!

  6. Doris Figueroa

    February 12, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I did and came up delicious


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