French Chocolate Almond Cake With Strawberries

READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Materials: Wax/Greaseproof paper; 2 8" round cake pans.
  • Place cake pan on wax paper and trace 2 circles with a pencil; Cut out.
  • Grease bottom only of cake pans and place the wax paper in the pan.
  • Combine flour, cornstarch and baking powder; set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer on until fluffy; Add almond extract.
  • Sift flour into mixture; and blend well.
  • Divide the cake mixture into both cake pans evenly.
  • Bake at 375F for about 30 minutes; taking note of your own oven variations.
  • Prepare the filling.
  • Beat together butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add egg yolks, then cocoa; mix well.
  • Stir in almond extract until the mixture is smooth.
  • For the glaze: Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over saucepan containing boiling water; Cool.
  • Slide a knife around the cake that should be cooling by now and remove it from the pan.
  • Remove the wax paper and put on cake plate.
  • Spread filling over just the top of the first cake.
  • Place 2nd cake on top.
  • Drizzle glaze over top of cake and garnish with strawberries, almonds slivers (optional); Sprinkle powdered sugar over top (optional).
  • NOTE: This is a bit like a soufflé where you have to make sure you don’t open the oven until it is about done; As you can see from my photo this one flopped a bit but was still gorgeous!
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