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Faux Almond Cake

Cruise Almond Cake. I had already started eating it when I decided to take a picture of it.

We recently got back from a cruise (we almost never go anywhere, so this was a first) in which I gained three pounds in five days.  That's because, the main activity on a cruise is eating.  While a lot of things were good and a few were terrible (i.e. the popcorn), only one thing really spoke to my heart -the almond cake. When something speaks to my heart this way, I want to keep eating it and only it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Unfortunately, I only had one piece and I could barely get that to go down due to the amount of food I had already ingested that day.

When I got home, I was craving this deliciousness, but it was about nine o'clock at night, the kids were in bed, and I wasn't about to discover how to make almond cake.  So I figured I still had time to indulge myself without being serious about baking.  I ground up some sliced almonds and put them in a boxed yellow cake mix, topped it with some Land O'Lakes whip cream, a couple of strawberries, and a drizzle of sugarless chocolate syrup.  I don't know what difference the sugarless part made, but some how it makes it feel more acceptable.  And voila -faux almond cake.  Not bad, not bad at all.

Faux almond cake

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