Grind the slivered almonds in small food processor, or very finely chop with knife.
Garnish with toasted sliced almonds, if desired.
Make it ahead and save some time! Prepare the dried fruit the night before, or bake the cake layers, and whip up (and refrigerate) the topping the day before. Put the cake together the day you serve it for best results.
This layered cake can also be made as two single layer cakes for smaller gatherings. Skip the stacking of the layers and place a single cake layer, apple side up, on a cake stand. Top the cake with a dollop of the sweet cream topping, and garnish with cranberries and orange slices.