Chocolate Almond Cake

A dense, moist cake with a rich ganache topping.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Chocolate Almond Cake

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    Ingredients

    5 oz (125 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 tsp baking powder
    10 tbsp butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan 1 tbsp brandy or rum
    3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp almond extract
    3 large eggs, separated 5 oz (150 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped, for topping
    1/2 cup almond flour (almond meal) 6 tbsp butter
    1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

    directions

    Prep: 30 min Total: 60 min
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter an 8in (20cm) springform cake pan. Line with wax paper and dust with flour.

    • 2

      Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and cool until tepid.

    • 3

      Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer for 3 minutes, until pale and creamy. One at a time, beat in the egg yolks, then the chocolate. Stir in the almonds, bread crumbs, baking powder, brandy, and almond extract.

    • 4

      Beat the egg whites in another bowl until they form soft peaks. Fold into the batter. Spread in the pan.

    • 5

      Bake for 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Invert and release the cake onto the rack set over a baking sheet. Remove the paper. Let cool completely.

    • 6

      To make the ganache, melt the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Pour the ganache over the cake and spread over the top and sides with a metal spatula. Let the ganache set. Cut into slices and serve.

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