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Chocolate-Drizzled Almond Cake

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

This almond cake has a dense, spongy texture. Freshly whipped cream and strawberries are the perfect accompaniment.

To bring cold butter to room temperature in a hurry, use a microwave oven. I usually set it on Medium (50%) for 10 to 20 seconds, making sure not to melt the butter.

Serves8

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationkosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor, microwave

Mealbrunch, dinner, tea

Taste and Texturebuttery, chocolatey, nutty, sweet

Type of Dishsponge cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 oz (210 g) almond paste
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) almond extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) shortening
  • Fresh strawberries (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pan, lined with parchment paper, greased

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine sugar, butter, almond paste and almond extract. Process until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, processing well after each addition.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to almond mixture and process just until blended. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a tester inserted into center comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan on a rack. Run a knife around the side to loosen and invert cake onto a serving plate. Remove parchment.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave on High for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is shiny and almost melted. Stir until smooth. Using a fork, randomly drizzle the melted chocolate over top of cake. Refrigerate cake until chocolate hardens.

Serve cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, if desired.

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