Almond-Streusel Tea Cake


Active Time:40 MIN Total Time:1HR 40 MIN YieldServes : 1 eight-inch loaf cake

The streusel in this moist, gluten-free loaf cake gets swirled into the center and sprinkled on top.



  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 ounces blanched slivered almonds, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons floor
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 ounces blanched slivered almonds (1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the streusel

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, oats, almonds, flour, cinnamon and melted butter and mix until crumbly.

Step 2    Make the tea cake

Preheat the oven to 350° and grease an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.

Step 3    Make the tea cake

In a food processor, combine the almonds and granulated sugar and pulse until finely ground. Transfer the ground almonds to a large bowl and add the butter; beat with a handheld electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. At low speed, beat in half the flour mixture and then all of the milk, followed by the remaining flour mixture.

Step 4    Make the tea cake

Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with half the streusel mixture. Top with the remaining batter and use a knife to swirl. Sprinkle the remaining streusel on top and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a rack. Unmold and dust the top with confectioners’ sugar.