Sour Almond Loaf Cake

with Lemon Hibiscus Glaze
With Lemon Hibiscus Glaze
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For sour almond loaf cake:
about ⅔ cup Full-fat milk organic
1 tbsp White vinegar alternatively, use ¾ cup, 150 g of just buttermilk instead
1 ¾ cups All-purpose flour unbleached
¼ cup Cornstarch alternatively, use 2 cups, 286 g of cake flour instead
1 tsp Baking powder 5 g
½ tsp Sea salt 4 g, fine
8 tbsp Butter (½ cup), 113.5 g, softened
1 ¼ cups Granulated sugar 263 g, natural
1 tbsp Vegetable oil 14 g
1 tsp Almond extract 6 g
½ tsp Vanilla extract 3 g
3 Large eggs free-range
¼ cup Sour cream 60 g, at room temperature
For lemon hibiscus glaze:
about 1 ½ cups Confectioners' sugar 200 g, sifted
2 to 4 tbsp Strong hibiscus tea brew
about 1 tbsp Lemon juice freshly squeezed
about 1 tbsp Water

Nutritional information

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Sour Almond Loaf Cake


Made with simple pantry staples, this delicious Sour Almond Loaf Cake looks impressive but is a snap to make. Sour cream and buttermilk work beautifully in this loaf cake, yielding a cake with a tight, golden crumb and gentle sour notes that are enhanced with almond extract. Finish the cake with a tangy, pink glaze that is simply out-of-this-world delicious. Floral hibiscus tea and lemon juice, along with confectioners’ sugar, create this bright glaze that has the perfect balance of sweet and sour to brighten your day.   

What I love most about this recipe, aside from its deliciousness, is that it allows for a few ingredient swaps, depending on what you have around. Don’t have buttermilk? Make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to ⅔ cup milk. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes so that the milk becomes sour. If you have buttermilk, use ¾ cup in place of all the milk and vinegar. If you don’t have cake flour on hand, whisk 1 ¾ cup of flour with ¼ cup of cornstarch as a substitute. Alternatively, use 2 cups of cake flour instead.  

To make the Sour Almond Loaf Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Sour Almond Loaf Cake

Steps to make Sour Almond Loaf Cake


Heat oven and prepare loaf pan


Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.


Make sour milk

In a small bowl, mix ⅔ cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes. Alternatively, use ¾ cup buttermilk and skip this step.


Sift dry ingredients


In a large bowl, sift together 1 ¾ cups flour, ¼ cup cornstarch (or 2 cups cake flour instead), 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.


Beat butter


Using a handheld mixer or stand mixer on low speed, beat 8 tablespoons softened butter just until loose and fluffed, about one minute.


Add sugar


Add in 1 ¼ cups sugar and beat until a grainy paste forms, 2-3 minutes.


Add oil, almond and vanilla extracts


Add in 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon almond extract, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute.


Add eggs


Add 3 eggs and beat until well incorporated, about 1 minute.


Add sour cream and milk mixture (or buttermilk)


Add ¼ cup sour cream and milk and vinegar mixture (or ¾ cup buttermilk) and mix to combine well.


Add dry ingredients


Decrease the speed to the lowest, add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Use a spatula to mix any remaining large streaks of flour, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.


Transfer to loaf pan


Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.




Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.



Allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the loaf pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.


Make lemon hibiscus glaze


In a small bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon hibiscus tea, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice until smooth. The glaze should be thick. Add more tea or water to achieve the desired color and consistency. If the glaze is too runny, add some extra sifted confectioners' sugar and mix well.


Pour lemon hibiscus glaze over cake

Pour the lemon hibiscus glaze over the loaf.



Slice and serve!

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This is a soft and moist lemon loaf cake with bright glaze! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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