Recipe by spatchcock
This recipe was originally posted by Mean Chef, a terrific pastry chef and talented cook. I first tried this recipe when, looking for a challenge, I asked for unusual recipes using chocolate chips. This was Mean's recommendation, and indeed it is beautiful. I made it for my FIL's birthday a few years ago, and everyone loved it. Source: Fine Cooking Magazine.
Top Review by *Shelly*
Very yummy cake and much lighter than most. I like the splashes of chocolate throughout and that it has a glaze rather than heavy frosting. I could do without so many almonds but I'm weird that way. Overall this is good stuff.
- 1 large egg white
- 1 1⁄4 cups sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 10 ounces miniature semisweet chocolate chips (1-1/2 cups)
- 9 ounces cake flour (2-1/4 cups)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil or 1⁄2 cup corn oil
- 7 large eggs, separated
- 2⁄3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons almond flavored liqueur, such as amaretto (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 -4 tablespoons milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- To prepare the almond crunch topping--Heat the oven to 325°F.
- Have ready an ungreased nonstick baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white with a fork until foamy, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in the nuts until they're evenly coated.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the nuts and stir the mixture.
- Spread the nuts in a single layer onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 5 minute.
- Stir the nuts with a wooden spoon to loosen them from the baking sheet.
- Bake until golden, another 5 to 8 minute.
- Remove the nuts from the oven and immediately stir them to loosen them from the baking sheet.
- The nuts will become crisp as they cool.
- Set aside.
- To prepare the cake--Heat the oven to 325°F.
- Have ready a 9-1/2- or 10-inch tube pan with sides at least 3-3/4 inches high.
- In a food processor, pulse the chocolate chips until some of them are finely grated and the rest have formed small crumbs.
- In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, 1 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, and the salt.
- Make a well in the center and put in the oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla, almond extract, and Amaretto.
- Beat the mixture on medium speed until smooth and thick, at least 3 minute.
- Fold in the reserved chocolate chips.
- Set aside.
- In a large, clean bowl with clean beaters or a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and the cream of tartar on medium speed until the cream of tartar is dissolved and the whites are foamy.
- Increase the speed to high and beat the whites until the movement of the beaters forms lines in the mixture.
- Slowly pour in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, about 2 Tbs.
- at a time, and beat the mixture until soft peaks form.
- With a large rubber spatula, stir about one-third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
- Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until no white streaks remain.
- Pour the batter into the tube pan, spreading it evenly.
- Bake until you can gently press your fingers on top of the cake and it feels firm, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Any cracks that form on the top should look dry.
- Invert the pan onto a bottle with a narrow neck and cool thoroughly, about an hour and a half.
- Use a small, sharp knife to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan and the center of the tube, if necessary.
- Remove the cake from the pan and slide it onto a serving plate.
- To make the glaze--In a small bowl, stir together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and almond extract, adding enough milk to make a smooth glaze with a thick, syrupy consistency.
- Set aside 2 Tbs.
- of the glaze.
- Spread the remaining glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides of the cake and into the center hole; you may not need to use all of it.
- Cover the top of the cake with the prepared almonds.
- Drizzle the reserved glaze over the almonds.