Chocolate Almond Cake

The Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe is a moist cake with a rich ganache topping. Use the best dark chocolate you can find it will make all the difference.

12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened,
plus extra for greasing
all-purpose flour, for dusting
8oz (250g) good-quality dark chocolate
2⁄3 cup sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1⁄2 cup (2oz) ground almonds
1⁄4 cup (1oz) white bread crumbs
1⁄2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp brandy or rum (optional

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease the cake pan with a little butter, line with parchment paper, and sprinkle in some flour, tapping out any excess.

2 Break chocolate into pieces, and melt 4oz (115g) in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Let cool. In a separate bowl, beat 8 tablespoons of the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, and beat well. Beat in the chocolate. Fold in the other ingredients with a rubber spatula.

3 Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the mixture, spoon into the pan, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Melt the remaining chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cool and spread over the cake. STORE The cake will keep for 3 days. 

Choose chocolate with a minimum of 60 percent cocoa solids for a richer taste. Do not melt this kind of chocolate in a microwave as the cocoa solids cause it to burn easily.

Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe
Chocolate Almond Cake Recipe
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