Flourless Almond-Chocolate Cake

Flourless Almond-Chocolate Cake
Servings: 16 Prep 20 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 375°F 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 10 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder OR: regular unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 16 blanched whole almonds, for top

Make It

1. Coat 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Combine chocolate and butter in large glass bowl. Microwave on high power for 1 minute until melted; stir until smooth. If needed, microwave another 30 seconds to 1 minute, then stir. Let cool slightly.

3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Knead together almond paste and the 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar on flat work surface. Roll out into 8-inch circle.

4. Beat granulated sugar into chocolate mixture until smooth, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until blended; beat on high speed until slightly airy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla and salt until blended. Sift the cocoa powder over the top of chocolate mixture; beat on low speed until blended, about 1 minute. Pour half the batter into prepared pan. Carefully fit the almond paste round on top of the batter in the pan. Scrape remaining chocolate batter into pan; spread to cover the round and smooth the top. Gently arrange whole almonds on top of batter.

5. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes. Remove the pan to wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove side of pan. Sprinkle the top with the 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 268, Fat, total (g): 19, chol. (mg): 73, sat. fat (g): 9, carb. (g): 24, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 92, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.