New Year’s Eve calls for a celebratory dessert, especially one that pairs well with a sparkling glass of champagne. Enter light and airy almond cakelets with naturally pink pomegranate glaze, a nice contrast to all the holiday excess.
Cake flour gives the cakelets a fine crumb; almond paste and Amaretto perfume each bite. Dipped in sweet-tart pomegranate glaze and topped with pomegranate seeds, these mini cakes will delight you and your guests. Glaze just before serving (cakelets can be baked a day ahead), and enjoy!
- 2 cups cake flour (see note below)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 4 oz almond paste, cubed
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 Tbsp Amaretto
- 1/8 tsp pure almond extract
- 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tsp Amaretto
- 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- pomegranate seeds
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour a bundlette cake pan. Whisk together cake flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, almond paste, and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well; beat in amaretto and almond extract. Combine yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture. Add yogurt mixture, and finish with remaining flour mixture.
- Fill each cavity 2/3 full and tap pan sharply to remove air bubbles. Bake for 21-23 minutes, until cakelets are golden, spring back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakelets in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto rack to cool completely.
- For the glaze, combine powdered sugar and salt in a small bowl. Press pomegranate seeds through a fine mesh strainer, straining juice into powdered sugar. Whisk in amaretto and melted butter until smooth. Set rack with cakelets over a piece of wax paper. Dip cakelet tops into glaze, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, and let set on rack before serving.
Baking pan: I used this Nordic Ware Bundlette Pan.