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Grandma's Favorite Chocolate Cake

There are chocolate cakes, then there is Grandma's Favorite Chocolate Cake, one of the best chocolate cake recipes in existence. Almonds add a distinct taste and texture to this chocolate dessert recipe.

Cooking Time: 50 min

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray for greasing pans
  • Corn starch or potato starch for dusting pans
  • 9 ounces imported semi-sweet dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 pound butter substitute suitable for baking, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar substitute suitable for baking
  • 6 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup reduced sugar orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cognac
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white whole wheat flour or potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 ounces blanched almonds, finely ground
  • unsweetened cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar for dusting the cake, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
     
  2. Grease the bottoms and sides of two 9x1.5-inch round pans. Line the pans with waxed paper, and grease the waxed paper. Dust with flour or potato starch, then invert the pans and tap to shake out excess.
     
  3. Place the chocolate on the top of a double boiler, cover, and set over simmering water until melted. Let cool.
     
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter or margarine at medium speed, adding the sugar gradually until the mixture is pale and bubbles appear, approximately 10 minutes.
     
  5. While still beating, add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating well after each addition. Lower the speed and beat in the cooled chocolate and orange juice.
     
  6. With a large rubber spatula, mix in the cocoa powder, cognac, flour or potato starch, lemon rind, orange rind, vanilla extract, and almonds.
     
  7. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites at high speed, until stiff. Fold half of the whites into the batter with a rubber spatula.
     
  8. Repeat with another quarter of the whites, then reverse the process, pouring the batter over the whites. Gradually fold the two batters together, making a motion like a figure eight, until all the whites have disappeared.
     
  9. Divide batter equally between the two pans, and smooth the tops. Bake both cakes on the center rack of the oven, not touching, for 50 minutes.
     
  10. Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes on wire racks in the pans, then invert the cakes onto the racks, peel off the waxed paper, and cool completely. Refrigerate.
     
  11. To serve: Sprinkle with cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar and slide the cakes onto a serving platter.
Notes

Makes 2 9-inch cakes, each serving 10 to 12.

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