Almond-Crusted Butter Cake
1 1/2 cups + 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 (16oz) box icing sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
Preheat oven to 350F.
Spread 3 Tbsp. softened butter over bottom & sides of tube pan.
Sprinkle sides of pan with slivered almonds; set aside.
In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually beat in icing sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla, almond extract & salt.
Gradually beat in flour until combined.
Spoon batter into prepared pan & bake 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Remove from pan & let cool completely on wire rack.