Friday, May 23, 2008

@ddicted to Heart Shape Chocolate Almond Cakes


Chocolate Almond Cakes

Ingredients:

Cake:

12 ounces (336 gm) butter, room temperature
1 pound (450 gm) almond paste (I use ground almond )
1 3/4 cups (306 gm) sugar
3/4 cup (94 gm) flour plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
8 large eggs

Glaze:

4 ounces (112 gm) dark chocolate, melted

Method:

  1. For the cake: You will need a half-sheet pan 12"x17"x1". Line the pan with parchment paper. Butter & flour the parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C.
  3. In an electric mixer, beat the butter & almond paste together on medium speed for about 5 minutes until it is very light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. Add sugar & flour, cocoa & continue blending together on low speed.
  5. Increase speed to medium & add the eggs one a time, letting each egg incorporate before adding the next.
  6. Let the batter mixing for a couple more minutes until it has lightened in color.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan & spread evenly. Bake for about 25 minutes, unitl the center is just set - it may feel slightly spongy but skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven & place on cooling rack. After cooling, put the cake into refrigerator for about 20 minutes before you cut it as it will be quite soft & moist.
  9. To glaze cakes: Using a 2 1/2" cutter or any size u desired of your choice, cut out shapes from the cake.
  10. Brush or pour some of the melted chocolate over cut out cakes. Let the cake sit for a few minutes for the chocolate to set. Chill in refrigerator before serve.







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