Almond-scented White Cake

 

Seriously...doesn't that title just make you drool? And the best part is, it tastes as good as it sounds!

What you will need

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

1 cup milk

5 egg whites, at room temperature

3/4 cup raspberry preserves, melted

Raspberries (optional)

1 1/4 cups sliced almonds, lightly toasted and cooled

1 lb cream cheese, at room temperature

6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

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