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  • 1 ½ sticks (170g) unsalted butter, softened (Holds its shape but easily dents when pressed.)
  • ½ cup (48g) sliced almonds, chopped (You can chop finely or a rough chop if you like more crunch) This will go in cake pans rather than in the batter.
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature (If in a hurry, place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes)
  • 3 cups (342g) cake flour . (If not using a digital scale, lightly spoon flour into measuring scoop and level.)
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
  • 1 ¼ cups (296g) buttermilk (If needed, see substitution below.)
  • ¼ cup (57g) lemon juice (Approximate amount of juice in one lemon.)
  • ¼ cup (54g) vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (10g) Lemon Extract
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) Almond Extract
  • Zest of two lemons
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened (We used two 8 oz packages of full fat cream cheese.)
  • ½ teaspoon salt 2g
  • 6 to 6 ½ cups (690g -747g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) almond extract
  • subheading: DECORATION:
  • We used additional sliced almonds for a bottom border as well as accents on top of the cake.
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