Chocolate and Almond Cake


Credit: gourmettraveller.com.au

You're in for a real treat when you get into this choc chocolate almond cake. An intensely flavoured cake, filling with dried fruits and topping with rich chocolate glaze.


Ingredients;

Serves 16-18


For the Cake

  • 380g marzipan

  • powdered (icing) sugar, for dusting

  • 110g butter, softened

  • 110g (½ cup) brown sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds

  • 3 eggs

  • 150g (1 cup) flour

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • 1 tsp finely grated nutmeg

  • 100g dark chocolate (65% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped

  • 100g dried cherries 

  • 100g dried muscatels

  • 50g dried currants

  • 50g candied orange peel, coarsely chopped

For the Glaze

  • 90 ml whipping cream

  • 125g dark chocolate (65% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped

  • 20g butter



Method


1. Preheat the oven to 140°C (285°F). Knead marzipan on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar until smooth and pliable. Halve and roll out each piece to 4mm-thick. Cut an 18cm-diameter circle from each, place on a tray lined with baking paper and set aside. Butter and flour a 18 cm (6-in) a cake pan.

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2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla seeds until pale and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Gently fold in flour using a rubber spatula.  Add spices and a pinch of salt, chocolate, dried fruit and candied peel. Stir to combine.

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3. Spoon half the batter into a prepared cake pan. Smooth top, place one marzipan circle on top, then spoon over remaining cake batter. Smooth top and bake for (1-1¼ hours) or until an inserted skewer withdraws clean. Cool in cake pan, then turn out onto a wire rack.

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4. Place remaining marzipan circle on top of cake, set aside.

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MAKE THE GLAZE


5. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cream just to the boil. Add chocolate, remove from heat, stir until smooth. Add butter and stir to combine. Pour over cake, allowing chocolate to spill down sides. 

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6. Arrange almonds on top, stand until set (1-1½ hours). Dust with cocoa


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