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Cold Oven Pound Cake with Almond

Cold Oven Pound Cake with almond is the dessert you’ve been dreaming of! With its delightfully moist and rich texture, intoxicating almond aroma, and crunch of sliced almonds, this cake is nothing short of a showstopper. Whether you’re hosting a party or just craving something sweet, this cake has got you covered.

A delicious almond cold oven pound cake ready to enjoy

There’s no denying that pound cake is one of my favorite desserts in the world. It brings back so many fond childhood memories of baking with all the influential women in my life. Watching the freshly whipped batter turn into a moist, tender pound cake always had me excited!

Even today, I still love making classic good old-fashioned pound cake, but this cold oven triple almond pound cake is something special, y’all! Its soft, buttery texture combined with a hint of almond makes it just perfect.

What is Cold Oven Cake?

This cold oven pound cake is a classic American dessert with a unique twist: the addition of delicious almond flavor. The concept of starting with a cold oven, rather than preheating it, might seem unusual, but it helps achieve an irresistibly moist and tender texture.

The cake itself is rich and buttery, with the sweet almond extract and nutty almond flour melding together to create a deep, complex flavor. Cake flour adds a soft crumb, while the heavy cream enriches the texture. The sliced almonds create just the right crunch, giving the cake an extra layer of texture.

Why is the oven started cold?

Starting the oven cold ensures the cake rises gradually and develops a moister crumb. Although it may sound counterintuitive to what you’ve learned about baking, it really helps the cake become extra tender and moist.

Ingredients to make a cold oven pound cake with almond flavor

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Sliced almonds: Provide a crunchy contrast to the moist cake. If you’re not a fan of almonds, pecans or walnuts also work well.
  • Unsalted butter: An essential ingredient in any pound cake, butter adds a rich, creamy flavor. For a dairy-free option, try your favorite vegan butter substitute.
  • Granulated sugar: Essential for the cake’s delicate sweetness.
  • Almond extract: This gives the cake its distinctive almond flavor. If you don’t have almond extract, vanilla extract can be used for a more subtle flavor.
  • Eggs: Provide structure and moisture to the cake. Make sure they’re large!
  • Cake flour: Creates a delicately tender crumb in the cake. You can technically use all-purpose flour, but I think the overall flavor and texture are much better with cake flour. If you don’t have any available, you can make your own cake flour at home.
  • Almond flour: Enhances the almond flavor and keeps the cake moist. Substitute almond flour with extra cake flour if it’s unavailable.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Adds richness and moisture to the cake. If you don’t have heavy whipping cream, half-and-half cream will work in a pinch.

How to Make A Cold Oven Pound Cake

Sliced almonds lining a bundt cake

Step 1: Prepare the Pan

Start by generously spraying your 10-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. Scatter the sliced almonds evenly in the pan. Don’t worry if many fall to the bottom — that’s part of the charm!

A bundt cake batter being mixed together

Step 2: Mix the Batter

In your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy and light in color. Next, add the almond extract and eggs one at a time, then slowly incorporate both of the sifted flours. Lastly, pour in the heavy cream until it’s thoroughly mixed into the batter.

A cold oven pound cake fresh out of the oven after baking

Step 3: Bake the Cake

Pour your batter into the prepared Bundt pan and place it in a cold oven. Set the temperature to 325F and let the magic happen for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Step 4: Cool and Serve

Once baked, let the cake cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before removing it. Once fully cooled, you can serve it as-is, or dress it up with your favorite toppings.

A slice of cold oven pound cake ready to enjoy

Serving Suggestions

Elevate the flavors of this cold oven triple almond pound cake with garnishes and toppings like these:

  • A dusting of powdered sugar
  • Fresh blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • A dollop of whipped cream
  • Warm berry compote

Recipe Variations

  • Extract: Replace the almond extract with vanilla or lemon extract.
  • Chocolate: Mix in some chocolate chips for a chocolate pound cake.
  • Streusel: Add a streusel topping before baking.
  • Jam: Add a swirl of raspberry or blackberry jam to the batter.
  • Lemon glaze: Top your cake with a lemon glaze.

Tips and Tricks

  • Sift the flour: Always sift your flour for a lighter, more tender cake.
  • Cream well: Cream the butter and sugar until it’s very light and fluffy for the best texture.
  • Don’t overmix: Don’t overmix your batter! Stop when the flour is just incorporated.
  • Room temperature ingredients: Use room temperature ingredients for the best results.
  • Check for doneness: Check your cake with a skewer or a toothpick to ensure it’s fully baked. It should come out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached. 
  • Let it cool: Let the cake cool in the pan before removing it to prevent it from breaking.
A slice of almond cold oven pound cake with some taken out on a fork

What To Do with Leftovers

For any leftover cold oven triple almond pound cake, follow these storage instructions: 

  • Fridge: Pound cake lasts at room temperature for 3 days. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Once your cake is cooled, wrap it and freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: If frozen, let the cake thaw at room temperature. You can also warm slices in the microwave for a few seconds.

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Cold Oven Pound Cake with Almond Flavor

This cold oven pound cake with almond flavor starts in a cold oven, rather than preheating it, which helps achieve an irresistibly moist and tender texture.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams


  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp almond extract
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup almond flour sifted
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream room temperature


  • Start with oven rack in middle position. Do not preheat.
  • Generously spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. Evenly scatter sliced almonds on bottom and sides of pan (many will fall to the bottom, that’s ok).
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar on high speed until fluffy and light in color, about 4 minutes.
  • Lower speed to medium, and add almond extract and eggs, one at a time.
  • On low speed, slowly add in sifted flours until just barely incorporated, scraping down the bowl halfway through.
  • Slowly stream in heavy cream until mixed, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl and resume mixing for another 30 seconds.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and place in cold oven and bake at 325F for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until deeply golden brown and inserted skewer comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool fully, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve plain or with whipped cream and fresh berries.


Cake can be stored for up to three days in an airtight container.
*Cake may rise above pan’s edge during baking (but won’t spill over), but will shrink back down once cooled.
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