This recipe originally came from a bakery I worked in over 30 years ago. I did change the recipe to my liking. I Know the bakery doesn't exist any longer. The owners were Swedish. This is definitely a European coffee cake. Almond paste is used in it. Almond paste is used a lot in European baking. This is delicious. I also included a home made almond paste with this recipe if you prefer fresh almond paste.