I would make this cake for the topping alone. Almonds toasted with brown sugar, honey, and cream add a crisp texture with every bite. This is best the day it is made. It starts to dry out with time.
If using a springform pan, place it on a baking sheet when baking the cake. The topping tends to seep out the bottom.
A few tips for working with yeast:
- Make sure the water isn’t too hot. Hot water will kill the yeast and the bread won’t rise. The best temperature water feels slightly warm to touch (105-115 degrees Fahrenheit). Let the yeast sit in the warm water for a minute before stirring to dissolve.
- Yeast breads rise best in kitchens that are between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the kitchen is too cold, turn on (and off) the oven and let the bread rise in there.
- Doughs containing eggs, dairy, and salt rise slower.