Vanilla Macadamia Cream Cake

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Author Notes: I'm not a fan of real sweet desserts, although now and then a little chocolate or ice cream is extremely tempting. This little cake pairs vanilla, macadamia nuts and whipping cream for a satisfying treat.inpatskitchen

Makes one 10 inch cake

For the cake

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Place the macadamia nuts on a baking sheet and lightly toast in a pre heated 325F oven for about 8 minutes. Cool and grind.
  2. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs and then add the sugar. With an electric mixer, beat this mixture for at least 10 minutes. The mixture needs to be very pale and thick.
  4. In a small pan, gently melt the butter and off the heat, stir in the cream and vanilla extract.
  5. Stir the flour mixture a little at a time alternating with the butter mixture into the egg/sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in all but 4 tablespoons of the nuts. (they'll be reserved for garnish later)
  6. Line a 10 inch spring form pan with parchment paper and spray the parchment and the sides of the pan with cooking spray.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake in a pre heated 375F oven for 30 minutes or until that toothpick comes out clean. Out of the oven, let the cake cool thoroughly.

For the whipped cream topping and putting it all together.

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces whipping cream
  • The cooled cake
  • The 4 tablespoons of reserved macadamia nuts
  • Milk chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
  1. With an electric mixer or electric wire whip, start mixing the mascarpone, vanilla and powdered sugar. Slowly add the whipping cream while mixing until everything comes together.
  2. Remove the cooled cake from the pan (along with the parchment - it should peel right off) and place on a plate. Spread topping all over the cake. It may seem like a lot but use it all. Scatter the reserved nuts and chocolate shavings (if using) over the top of the cake. Serve chilled.
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11 months ago MLB

You said to add two tablespoons of light cream. What kind of cream? Whip cream? Heavy whip cream?


11 months ago inpatskitchen

I usually add a light coffee cream or half and half to this.


about 2 years ago rivera

I am so making this cake to my bf specialy because he loves macadamia white chocolate cookies he'll sure gona love this cake thanks for this recipe


about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks rivera! I hope you both enjoy!


over 2 years ago Bevi

We made this for the Thanksgiving dessert table. The texture was that of a "dipping" cake, and the topping was quite delicious.


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Certainly hope you enjoyed, Bevi!


over 2 years ago Bevi

Oh, yes, very much!


over 2 years ago EmilyC

What a gorgeous cake!


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank so much Emily!


over 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Holy smokes, this sounds good!!!


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

You're too kind! Thanks!


over 2 years ago Oui, Chef

Oh my....I'm a total sucker for macadamias...this one could be trouble.


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Macadamias (and pistachios) are highest on my list as favorites too! Thanks Oui, Chef!


over 2 years ago loubaby

Yes, I too like a not too sweet cake as well...and the macadamias and mascarpone are rich enough without being sweet....sounds delicious.


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks you so much loubaby!


over 2 years ago Jaynerly

This looks and sounds wonderful!


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Jaynerly! I think I'm going to do it with almond and pistachios next time.


over 2 years ago Waverly



over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Waverly!