Flourless Chocolate-Orange Almond Cake

Recipe by RunninLion
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READY IN: 1hr 40mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 14
    cups whole almonds (about 6-7 oz.)
  • 1
    cup sugar, divided
  • 6
    ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 12
    cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12
    cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2
    teaspoons fresh grated orange peel
  • 6
    large eggs, seperated
  • 1
    vanilla bean, split lengthwise (or 1 tsp extract)
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush bottom of 10-inch springform pan generously with butter or margarine.
  • Blend almonds and 1/4 cup sugar in food processor until almonds are finely ground. Add chocolate; blend until chocolate is finely ground.
  • Whisk cocoa, orange juice and orange peel in small bowl until smooth.
  • In another bowl, combine egg yolks and 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs. sugar. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat until yolk mixture is very thick, about 4 minutes.
  • Beat in cocoa mixture. Fold in ground-almond mixture.
  • Using clean dry beaters, beat egg whites and salt in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 Tbs. sugar, beating until whites are stiff but not dry.
  • Fold whites into chocolate batter in 3 additions. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  • Cool cake completely in pan on rack. If making a day ahead of time, cover with foil and store at room temperature.
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