I came across this recipe in my Grandmother's cookbook (more on that another time) and was inspired by the name to create a photo that was decked out in gold. This cake is totally foolproof to make, and I can promise that it tastes as good as it looks. I don't own any cake pans, so I made this in a cast iron skillet instead – sorry, Grandma! The easy caramel almond topping (inspired by Gale Gand's recipe) and ice cream take her already amazing cake to another level. —Look Cook
Make the eggs and butter "room temperature". You obvs could do this this by leaving both out for a couple of hours beforehand, but in that amount of time you could be eating a piece of cake instead. Fill a medium sized bowl with warm water and let the eggs sit in there for 5 minutes. In the meantime, microwave the butter for 5 seconds on each side until soft.
Preheat your oven to 325°F. In a 10" cast iron skillet, melt the 3/4 stick of butter on medium. Remove from heat and use a paper towel to coat the sides of the skillet with butter. Then evenly sprinkle on the light brown sugar, cinnamon, 1/8 tsp salt, honey, and sliced almonds.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and remaining 1/2 tsp of salt. I like to use a chopstick to level the ingredients out, but do whatever works for you!
In a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer and large bowl), cream together the remaining 1 stick of butter and white sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed, then add the eggs one by one after each is fully incorporated. Mix the dry ingredients and sour cream on low speed, adding a bit of each alternately. Finally, add the vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
Pour the batter evenly into the skillet, then bake for 55-60 minutes. Poke the center with a toothpick to test if it's done – it should come out clean with no crumbs on it. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, then carefully flip it onto a platter or big plate. Leave the skillet on top for another 5 minutes before removing, then let the cake cool down for at least 20 minutes before slicing into it. Eat the cake on its own, or better yet add a big scoop of ice cream.