Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Cake

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READY IN: 1hr 25mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    (12 ounce) package frozen raspberries (not sweetened)
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon sugar, depending on how sweet you like your dessert (I used about 1 1/2 T. sugar)
  • 13
    cup Chambord raspberry liquor (raspberry liquor)
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 12
    cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 12
    ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 6
    large eggs
  • 2
    tablespoons flour
  • 14
    teaspoon almond extract
  • sweetened whipped cream, for garnish
  • fresh raspberry, for garnish
  • chocolate syrup, for garnish
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DIRECTIONS

  • Puree raspberries in a food processor.
  • Press raspberry mixture through a wire mesh sieve, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice; discard seeds.
  • Bring juice and the 1-2 T sugar to a boil over high heat, then cook over medium heat, stirring often until the mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Butter an eight inch cake pan and line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
  • Heat the 1/3 cup sugar and the Chambord in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
  • Add butter and continue heating and stirring until butter melts.
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate, stir until smooth and cool.
  • (I heated the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave at 50% power for about four minutes, then stirred until smooth and then added the warm melted chocolate to the liquor/butter mixture-It seemed to make it a lot smoother and quicker).
  • Whisk together the raspberry reduction,eggs, flour, and almond extract in a large bowl.
  • Add chocolate mixture and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Pour into prepared cake pan.
  • Place cake pan into a larger pan (I used the broiler pan from the oven) and add hot water to a depth of one inch.
  • Bake at 325°F for 42 to 45 minutes.
  • Cake will have risen and not be completely "set".
  • Remove from water bath and cool cake completely on a wire rack.
  • Cake will "collapse" as it cools down.
  • Run a thin knife around pan to loosen cake.
  • Invert cake onto a plate, remove the parchment or waxed paper, and invert again onto a serving plate.
  • To serve, cut cake into small wedges and place on plates that have been drizzled with the chocolate syrup.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and a few fresh raspberries and serve.
  • If desired, cake can be made a day ahead of time.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator then let stand at room temperature for at least one hour before serving.
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