Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
This is the Mexican version of the flourless chocolate cake. The under-lying note of cinnamon and orange pairs perfectly with the sweet unctuousness of the chocolate glaze. Cooking time includes cooling the cake, but not bringing your eggs to room temperature.
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole almonds, skinned, toasted
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or Mexican)
- 1 orange, zest of, finely grated
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 5 large eggs, separated, room temperature
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment.
- Finely grind the almonds, 6 ounces of the chocolate (reserve the rest of the chocolate for the glaze), the orange zest and 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon in the food processor.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 3 tablespoons of the sugar until pale yellow and thick.
- Fold in the nut mixture; the batter will be very thick.
- In another large bowl, beat the egg whites and the salt until frothy.
- Gradually add the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, continuing to beat until peaks form.
- Fold half the beaten egg whites into the almond mixture to lighten it, then gently fold in the other half.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, turn out onto a rack , peel off the parchment paper, and cool completely.
- To make the glaze, heat the cream and butter over medium low heat until steam rises from the surface.
- Remove from the heat, and stir in the remaining three ounces of chocolate and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, until the chocolate is fully melted and incorporated.
- Cool for 15 minutes, or until the glaze is lukewarm.
- Pour over the cake, letting it drip down the sides.
This was very different from anything I have tried to make. I made as directed except used semi-sweet chocolate instead of the bittersweet because that is what I had. The texture was very surprising. It was kinda grainy, which suggest to me that I didn't process the mixture well enough. But it was powder when I finished. I will add that I am not very experienced in baking cakes or pies, so any problem I have with this cake is more than likely due to a technician error, and not the fault of the recipe. I would have liked a slightly sweeter version of this, especially for a chocolate cake. All in all not a bad cake, but if I'm going to eat chocolate cake, I prefer it sweet, since I don't do the sweet thing very often. Thanks for sharing.
I only leave a comment because I made a mistake and therefore can't rate the recipe above. I added the whole 9 ounces of chocolate to the cake mix with the result that my batter was extremely thick and very sticky and it was impossible to fold in the whisked egg whites. After having tried to fold in two thirds of the egg whites without success, I put it into the mixer. That way the batter was finally of a consistency to fold in the remaining egg white. However, it also meant that the batter was less airy because I disturbed all the air of a good part of the egg whites by using the electric mixer. My final cake (which I still glazed as I always keep a good stock of chocolate) turned out quite good. I cut the cake in very small pieces and served those with espresso. It's astonishing how much flavour the skin of a single orange can add. The combo of orange and cinnamon reminded BF and me of Christmas and I would have appreciated my cake even more in the winter. I think Kate's recipe would be in particular nice served with coffee after a dinner party around Christmas. I liked my idea of cutting the cake into tiny pieces, in particular as my variant had a very strong chocolate flavour. Thank you for posting a different chocolate cake, Kate.