1 cup butter (no substitutes), at room temperature
1 cup almond paste (do not us almond filling)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg white
Coarse decorating sugar
In a large bowl, combine butter, almond paste, 2 eggs, granulated sugar, and almond flavoring. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. add flour and blend well.
Spread batter into two 8 inch round cake pans that have been buttered, floured, and lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg white with 1 tablespoon water. Brush egg mixture on the two cakes. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and coarse decorating sugar. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 40 minutes to 42 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Makes 16 servings.