Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

Chocolate Almond Torte

3/4 cup unsalted butter
7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 cup slivered almonds
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
4 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate
Raspberry Jam - about 1 to 1 1/2 cups.

Set your oven for 325 degrees.

Prepare a 9" or 10" spring form pan by lining it with foil.  Generously coat the foil with butter. (Same preparation for two 8" pans.)

Grind the slivered almonds until they are very fine. 

Beat the butter and sugar together.  Add the egg yolks and mix just until incorporated. You do not need to do a lot of beating as this is a dense cake.

Mix in the flour and almonds.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the cake batter.

Place the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. (Reduce baking time to about 25 to 30 minutes if you are baking in two 8" heart pans.)

Remove from the oven, let sit on a cooling rack for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Transfer the cake to a serving plate by placing  the serving tray over the top of the cake pan and flipping them over together.  The cake will be on the serving tray with the foil lining still in place.  Gently remove the foil.

Cool the cake completely.

Cover the top and sides with the jam and add some shaved chocolate on top if desired.

Tip for frosting any cake!

When you are ready to frost a cake,  place several strips of wax paper on the serving plate before putting the cake in place, making sure the entire outside rim of the plate is covered. 

(If the cake is already on the serving plate, slip the strips of wax paper under the edges of the cake.)

The paper will be easier to remove later if it only extends about 2" under the edge of the cake.

Now you can frost your cake without a worry about making a mess on the serving plate! 

When you have finished frosting, gently pull the strips of wax paper out from under the cake.

Happy Valentine's Day!
 

OOooo, love the new header!

OOooo, love the new header!

Are you kidding me? Almonds,

Are you kidding me? Almonds, chocolate and jam?! You are speaking my language!

That looks so yummy - I will

That looks so yummy - I will have to try making it very soon!

This looks soooo good I can

This looks soooo good I can almost taste it. I'm not good baking, but I love almonds so I've got to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

wow that looks sinful.I have

wow that looks sinful.I have 2 small heart shaped cake pans that I have never used.I think this might be the recipe I've been waiting for.

Ooooh, that looks so good.

Ooooh, that looks so good. I'll bet it tastes even better. I love raspberries, you could garnish the top with fresh raspberries as well as the chocolate shavings. Yum! I need to make this for my sweetie. :) Thanks Pam!

What a delicious-looking

What a delicious-looking cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tutorial. Hope you have a very lovely Valentine's Day.

Oh my goodness I can't let my

Oh my goodness I can't let my husband see this!! Wow, wonderful wonderful!!

Excuse me while I swipe the

Excuse me while I swipe the drool next to my mouth. :-D

This is a great Valentine's day cake recipe, Pam. I love how this recipe is quite easy to make. It seems like I never have time to do some crafting or cooking during this time of the year. Now, I have no excuses! :-)

Take care! xoxo!

Oooo that could not be more

Oooo that could not be more sweet (in concept and taste, I'm sure!). Must forward, thanks for sharing!

Yum!!! I especially loved

Yum!!! I especially loved your comment about baking one to eat and one to give :-) I'll definately be giving this recipe a try this weekend!

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