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French Custard Butter Cake

French Custard Butter Cake

This French-inspired cake is filled with rich custard. Serve at room temperature to enjoy the buttery flavor.

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1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 hrs
Total Time



2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons amaretto  


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Extra Creamy Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

Egg Wash

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (yolk only)

1/8 teaspoon salt


 *Substitute 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup sugar in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes or until mixture just bubbles around edges.

  2. STEP 2

    Place 1 egg, 2 egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup milk in bowl; beat with whisk until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup flour until smooth. Slowly add 3/4 cup hot milk mixture into egg mixture, whisking continuously. Return egg mixture to saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until mixture thickens and bubbles just begin to form. Do not boil.

  3. STEP 3

    Remove from heat; stir in amaretto. Pour into bowl; press plastic food wrap onto surface of filling. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine 3 cups flour, almond flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine butter and 1 cup sugar in another bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add 2 eggs and 3 egg yolks, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add flour mixture gradually, beating at low speed until well mixed.

  6. STEP 6

    Wrap one-third of dough in plastic food wrap; flatten slightly. Wrap remaining dough in plastic food wrap; flatten slightly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

  7. STEP 7

    Heat oven to 375°F. Place oven rack in lowest position. Spray 9-inch round springform pan with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

  8. STEP 8

    Roll out larger portion of dough on well-floured surface to 13-inch circle. Carefully fold in half; place dough into prepared pan. Unfold; press into bottom of pan and up sides. Let excess drape over edge of pan. (Press pieces back together if dough cracks.) Spread cooled filling into dough. Roll smaller portion of dough into 8-inch circle. Place over filling.

  9. STEP 9

    Beat 1 egg yolk and 1/8 teaspoon salt in bowl; brush smaller dough piece with egg wash. Carefully fold excess dough over top; brush with egg wash. Score dough with fork, making crisscross design over top of cake.

  10. STEP 10

    Bake 45 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil. Continue baking 15-17 minutes or until cake is deep golden brown. Cool 10 minutes in pan; carefully remove side of pan. Refrigerate at least 5 hours or overnight. Serve at room temperature. Cover; store refrigerated.

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Tip #1

Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF, if using dark colored pan. Bake, on middle rack of oven, 60 minutes or until cake is deep golden brown.

Tip #2

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition (1 serving)

310 Calories
13 Fat (g)
130 Cholesterol (mg)
200 Sodium (mg)
42 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
6 Protein (g)
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