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Rich & Moist Chocolate-Almond Cake

Yesterday I woke up with a super craving for a sinfully rich chocolate cake - you know the type that definitely choke up your artery kind - moist and slightly gooey. mmm:-D So off I went browsing through my special chocolate cook books - there are so many to choose from but I fell in love with this one.

Rich & Moist Chocolate-Almond Cake

(taken from Le BA-ba du Chocolat)

Preparation: 20 minutes
Baking: 30 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa)
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g blanched almonds
  • 200 g butter (cubed)
  • 170 g sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
Rich & Moist Chocolate Almond Cake Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven at 180°C (350°F - Gas mark 4).
  2. Grease the baking pan (about 20 cm in diameter)
  3. Roughly chop up the almonds (not too fine and not too big).
  4. Brown the chopped almonds in a non-stick pan on low heat.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate in bain-marie. As it starts to melt, stir it gently with a spatula. Once it is all melted and smooth, add in the cubed butter and stir gently till it is well mixed with the chocolate. Remove it from the heat.
  6. Separate the yolk and the whites. Beat the egg yolks, sugar and cinnamon till creamy.
  7. Blend in the chocolate butter mixture, then stir in the chopped almonds with a spatula.
  8. Beat the egg white with a pinch of salt with an electric beater till stiff peaks form.
  9. Delicately blend it into the chocolate mixture.
  10. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake it for 30 minutes.
The Verdict

It's exactly what I craved for - rich, moist, sinfully chocolaty with crunchy almond bits.:-D I like it as it is but Pierre felt that it would taste better if it is left in the oven for another 3 minutes or so.

Rich & Moist Chocolate Almond Cake
Notes

No blanched almonds in the cabinet? No problem.

Pour boiling water over the almonds and soak them for 1 minute. Drain and rinse them with cold water. Pat them dry. To remove the skin, just squeeze the almond between your index finger and thumb and the skin should just come off easily.

Rich & Moist Chocolate Almond Cake
25 comments.
#1, by Fénix (Bostonscapes) (10/10/2007)

OMG! This is exactly what I need right now that I'm starving and craving sweets like crazy!

I've been posting about food this week, too.

Hugs from Beantown.:-)

#2, by Susan from Food Blogga (10/11/2007)

Hey! I woke up on Sunday with a wicked chocolate craving! Where was this recipe when I needed it most?! I ended up having a couple of Hershey's extra dark chocolate squares. Not nearly as memorable as your luscious cake.

#3, by Kelly Mahoney (10/11/2007)

That's does look sinfully decadent -- mission accomplished!

#4, by aria (10/11/2007)

oh that looks so rich and delicious. what have you done to me i have a glass of milk and no cake? i feel so stood up!

#5, by Kevin (10/11/2007)

This looks moist and super chocolaty. I like the almond/chocolate combo in a flourless chocolate cake.

#6, by valentinA (10/11/2007)

The name says it all!!

#7, by Rosa (10/11/2007)

It looks terrific! I love that kind of moist chocolate cake... Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

#8, by Lynn (10/11/2007)

When you wake up craving chocolate cake, you have to give in. Yours looks like it would satisfy any craving!

#9, by Sylvia (10/11/2007)

Wow !!! That is a kind is a kind of chocolate cake that I love ,moist and full of chocolate

#10, by Little Corner of Mine (10/11/2007)

So rich and chocolaty and real sinful looking.

#11, by Tyree White (10/12/2007)

you done it again, a home run. --- tyree white

#12, by teckiee (10/12/2007)

ohh thanks for the almond tip... didnt know it was this easy to remove the skin

#13, by Truffle (10/12/2007)

This sounds like my dream cake. Those pictures are so beautiful it's almost cruel. I want a piece now!

#14, by Sandi McBride (10/12/2007)

Just what we need to bring us our of our funk...chocolate cake...with almonds! Lovely...thanks for stopping by my blog, and the kind prayers for our Joey...

#15, by Katie (10/12/2007)

I can't imagine a more perfect chocolate cake... could one pour hot fudge sauce on it? Or would that be too much! I'm trying this one... oh yeah!

#16, by beachlover (10/12/2007)

hmmmm...your chocolate cake look so yummy.Now you make me wanna to make cake too.But usually mine tak laku,hubby refused to eat chocolate cake.Mostly end up in tong sampah after a week.Thanks for sharing your recipe:).I better go out now to get some eggs for cake.

#17, by Amy (10/13/2007)

That cake looks so moist and absolutely decadent!

#18, by Judy (10/13/2007)

My husband's sort of cake.:-)

I wonder if the taste of almond is noticeable?

#19, by Patricia Scarpin (10/14/2007)

This is just sinful - I wish I had a big slice of this cake right now!

#20, by The Cooking Ninja (10/14/2007)

@Fénix: It's funny because I'm not so much into sweet stuff but lately like you I crave for sweets. hehehe

@Susan: Because I have been denying this craving till it exploded in my face. hehehe

@Kelly: oh yeah ... definitely accomplished;-)

@Kevin: I was pretty surprised how great it turned out. It's my first flourless cake:-)

@Teckie: hehehe...I just discovered this tip recently too.

@Truffle: Wish you were here to help us finish it.

@Sandi: Hopes he gets well real soon.

@Katie: Yeah I think it will be a bit too much on this cake because it is very rich and moist.

@beachlover: Never mind ... then you can have more for yourself;-)

@Judy: No. The almond is not noticeable at all. You just taste the cruchiness of it because it's chopped into bits.

#21, by ovenhaven (10/28/2007)

This sounds so rich and decadent! I'll have to give this a try when I've got one of those cravings:-D

#22, by Marichelle (11/01/2007)

ooooh - I guess I know what I'm baking this weekend!

#23, by Isabela Garcia (01/04/2008)

i don't really like it...but i'm proud to say that i have NOT one but TWO special recipes for you to enjoy! i made one of them up at halloween time so i call it: Isabela's Haunted Halloween Treats!
here are the ingredients: apples (cut into wedges) 2 cups of vanilla yogurt 1 tablespoon of brown sugar 1\2 teaspoon of cinnamon (or to taste) and 1\4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) here is what you do: mix the yogurt brown sugar cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. stir until all of the ingredients are well blended then dip apple wedges into the yogurt and enjoy! the next recipe is called:Isabela's No-Bake Chocolate Cookies! here is what you need: 2 cups of sugar 1\4 cups of cocoa 1\2 cups of milk 1\4 cups of margarine 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 pinch of salt 1\2 a cup of chunky peanut butter 3 cups of quick cooking oatmeal. mix the sugar milk cocoa and margarine in the pot then cook the mixture on medium heat until it boils remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for one minute add vanilla salt peanut butter oatmeal stir well. drop by teaspoon onto wax paper enjoy this yummy treat i know i will right now!!!

#24, by Valentina (08/06/2012)

Hi! Sorry to write after so much time, I just found your recipe and it looks great! But I really want the almond flavor to it; do you think some sort of almond syrup would work? Thank you!:-)

#25, by The Cooking Ninja (08/09/2012)

@Valentina: Perhaps adding almond essence might do the trick. Let me know how it works out for you. I'm interested to know the result.:-) Thanks for dropping by my blog and trying out my recipe.