Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy. Stir the lemon zest into the egg mixture and then fold the egg mixture into the whites. Fold in the flour using a rubber spatula.
Pour the batter into a large (at least 11 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches deep) greased and floured cake pan.
Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Loosen the sides with a knife and invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool.
This is a dense cake which is very buttery and a lovely almond flavor. Especially good with frosting and can support fondant. I use Marshmallow Fondant which you can make at home and tastes superior to the pre-made fondant. I’m listing the ingredients for the almond buttercream frosting, however I personally prefer to still use Buttercream Icing I recipe, which is my favorite. I have made the soaking syrup without the Brandy when I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday and it was still delicious. ***Just a few thoughts on ingredients: I personally feel if I’m making from scratch to buy a good quality extract, I use a Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar and only use Pure Almond Extract. Be advised that Almond Extract is a strong flavor, so use less if you prefer or halve it with Vanilla extract. I also never use butter with salt in it. Look for unsalted butter or sweet cream butter. I would prefer to control the amount of salt in my recipes. Happy Baking!
Using mixer on med-high to high speed cream together the butter and sugar, until pale cream in color.
Add egg yolks, incorporate one at a time. Then add in flavoring extract.
Lower mixer speed to low and alternately add milk and flour, ending with flour.
Whisk egg whites to stiff peak consistency. Add to cake batter and fold in gently. Do not add all at once. Add egg whites into batter a small amount at a time.
Pour into cake pans. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Bring water to boil then add sugar until it dissolves and becomes a syrup, Remove from heat until lukewarm. Then add liquor (if you wish) and almond extract.
Almond Buttercream Frosting:.
Sift powdered sugar 2 – 3 times. In a xtra large mixing bowl beat the shortening until creamy . Slowly add powdered sugar . Then add flavorings. Add water as needed to make a stiff spreadable consistency.