Indulge in a Delicious Lidia Almond Cake

We’ve all tasted cakes and indulged in sugary desserts, but this recipe for Lidia Almond Cake takes decadence to a whole new level. This cake recipe, originally from Croatia, is a combination of crunchy almonds, creamy buttercream, and the zesty sweetness of orange zest. The ingredients come together to form a savoury treat that is truly unmatched in taste and texture.

Culturally Influential Ingredients

This recipe is based on traditional Croatian culinary styles, which use almonds to balance sweetness, orange essence to provide a burst of flavour, and fluffy vanilla buttercream to add richness and contrast. The combination of these regional ingredients results in a cake that is more than just a dessert; it’s a culinary experience.

Unconventional Method

Unlike other cakes, this Lidia Almond Cake does not require baking. Instead, the cake is composed of creamy custard and a creamy buttercream layer. The custard is made with egg whites, freshly grated almonds, and a dash of orange zest, then built up in layers of crunchy frangipane. The layers are then intertwined with a zingy orange buttercream to create a flavourful surprise.

My Own Experience

I was drawn to this recipe for its uniqueness. I loved the idea of making a cake without any baking, and the combination of almond and orange flavours really appealed to me. I was also intrigued by the addition of crunchy frangipane and the richness of the buttercream.This cake was definitely a winner in my kitchen! Not only was it truly scrumptious, but the time and effort required to make it was minimal.

The Result

This Lidia Almond Cake is definitely a standout among cakes. All the flavors come together so perfectly- from the crunchy layers of almonds and frangipane to the zesty orange buttercream. It is a unique and flavorful dessert that will leave you wanting more!



  • 1/2 cup of almonds, freshly grated
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange essence
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • Orange buttercream


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Grate 1/2 cup of almonds and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the egg whites and sugar until fluffy and pale, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the orange zest and essence, then stir in the grated almonds.
  5. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and flour until a thick mixture forms.
  6. Add the flour and butter mixture to the egg whites and stir until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into a greased cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. When the cake has cooled, spread a thin layer of orange buttercream across the top.
  9. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar and garnish with extra grated almonds.
  10. Enjoy your Lidia Almond Cake!

This delicious Croatian treat is sure to be a show stopper at any gathering. With its unique combination of crunchy almonds, sweet orange essence and creamy buttercream, Lidia Almond Cake is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Give it a try and see for yourself!