Andrew is not the only baker in his family. His sister Lauren is also a great baker. So when her birthday rolled around, he sent her a great luxury: a case of Almond Paste. Or so he thought. The other day he got a frantic phone call from Lauren who had, in preparation for making Kat McClelland’s Unbelievably Delicious Almond Cake (click here for that recipe: http://www.chewingthefat.us.com/2011/08/kat-mcclelands-unbelievably-delicious.html), opened her first can of Solo Almond paste only to discover that it wasn’t almond paste at all. Instead it was something called Solo Almond Cake and Pastry Filling. Somehow Andrew had ordered the wrong thing and here was Lauren standing with an opened container of the stuff and no idea what to bake.
|The shot that launched
a thousand requests for the recipe.
Now we’ve been known to tear recipes out of in-flight magazines and to have begged people like Kat McClelland to share their recipes. But this was the first time in memory that we actually used a recipe printed on a product. Not just on the back of the can but one which was pretty well hidden on the back of the label itself. But desperate times call for desperate measures. So Lauren hung up the phone and went to work baking the Almond Bundt cake recipe that Solo Foods of Countryside, Illinois recommended. The good news is that this story has a happy ending. Lauren loved the cake. In fact, she liked it so much that Andrew decided to make it the next day. Unlike most of his efforts, he didn’t photograph it step by step which is why this recipe only has the key visual. As usual Andrew posted the cake on his Facebook page. This was followed by an intense clamor for the recipe. So for all those people who asked and who might conceivably have as much trouble as I did taking the recipe off the can without tearing the label to pieces, here it is: