Monday, January 7, 2013

Dark Chocolate Almond Cake

To my son, a chocolate cake is a chocolate cake and every chocolate cake is always delicious... LOL!

I would assume thinking that my son would say "yum" to all chocolate cakes but he seems to be slightly critical with this one. I have to agree with him and reckon this chocolate cake is just ok...

I'm baking this dark chocolate almond cake for The Home Bakers and this is the 13th bake for this event. THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe has been baked from this book.

As usual, I'm always keen baking all chocolate cakes but this time, I was a little disappointed with this cake. Based on its description, it needs no frosting at all and said to be elegant by its own for all occasions. In my opinion, I reckon this simple cake is just too plain and there is nothing special, pretty or retro about this bake. Just simply no "wow" factor at all...

Its description also mentioned that it is important NOT to over-bake the cake so that its center stay soft and moist at room temperature. By following the instructions, It is true that this cake is soft and moist but only in its center. Its outside seems a little dry and brittle. Despite having the similar kinds of ingredients, my previous bakes, Chocolate Almond Torte (Bake-along) and Flourless Almond Chocolate Cupcakes are so much more better-tasting than this cake. Sadly, even my chocolate-cake-chomping boy agrees with me.

My dark chocolate almond cake
Making the cake batter
More mixing...
It is important NOT to over-bake the cake.
Despite that its center is moist and soft...
It is a little dry and brittle on its outside.

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Jocelyn from Riceballs Eats for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake.
My ingredients list (which is half amount of the original recipe)

60g unsalted butter
120g dark chocolate (Callebaut chocolate with 70% cocoa)
3 eggs separated
a pinch of salt
25g granulated sugar, plus 50g
1 tbsp vanilla extract (homemade in rum)
90g finely ground almonds, per-roasted at 160°C fan forced for 8 mins
Note: After I had published this post, Joyce had noticed that I have added 90g of ground almond which is for the full amount of this recipe. The half amount should be 45g instead of 90g. In this case, I'm guessing that my mis-calculation might be the cause of its drier texture...? Now, I'm giving this recipe a benefit of doubt...
30g all purposed flour

Using this amount of ingredients of the above recipe, I've baked the cake using 14 cm round loose bottom pan at 160°C fan forced for 25 mins.

Modifications that I have made from the original:
  • I have used my homemade vanilla extract in rum instead of brewed coffee, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.
  • I have added the salt into my flour mixture instead of using it to beat egg whites.
  • I have omitted the use of cream of tartar for beating the egg whites.
Happy Baking
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  1. It does look wonderful, but there are so many chocoalate cakes to choose that many have to fall short. And it´s what happens when you bake an entire book, many recipes are just average. But I insist, it does look amazing!

  2. Looks something between cake and brownie.. and looks really wonderful! Very tempting recipe :)

  3. This cake looks very yummy! Very tempting. I love chocolate and almonds.

  4. Namnamnam!!! We love chocolate anythimng as well.
    I will try this recipe for the kids snack at pre-school on Thursday.
    Will let you know how it goes.
    BTW, Happy New Year!

  5. Zoe,
    Chocolate cake is always very delicious!
    Yours look nice and moist to me:)

    Oh!! I am interested in your white wire cake stand. It is very lovely:D
    mui x

  6. Hi Zoe,
    Welcome back! Sorry to hear, that this cake has no "wow" factor for you. I really love this cake, it turns out really moist, very soft with tender crumbs, with soft outer crust. The whole cake was gone in no time! I noticed that you have used the full amount of ground almonds for half a recipe, or maybe just a typing error? Nevertheless, a good try!
    Wish you and your family a Blessed and Wonderful 2013!

    1. Hi Joyce,

      You are so sharp noticing the amount of ground almond added! I have double-checked with my notes and you are right. I have miscalculated the almond meal amount and added the full amount instead of half. I will update this post as accordingly...

      With the right amount added, this cake can be better :D


    2. bake it again with hazelnut meal! haha

    3. Hi Zoe, Just in case you are trying this out again, try not to toast the ground almonds. This could be why your cake is a little dry. If you are using whole hazelnuts, then the nuts need to be lightly toasted (to remove the skin) before processing to fine meals. No idea if this could mean a moister cake, but I hope it helps!

    4. Hi Emily and Joyce,

      Thanks for your support and suggestion. I don't think that I want to bake this recipe again. I prefer not to mark around further to gain a perfect chocolate cake. Sorry to say that I do feel disappointed and a little doubtful with this recipe in the first place :(


  7. Hi Zoe, the centre of your cake looks alot more moist than mine. I think I overbaked mine a little... My friends had it with a scoop of ice cream... so maybe can serve it with ice cream if you try this again :)

  8. Hi zoe, I also posted a dark chocolate cake yesterday. Yours looks moist and nice, but mine is a bit dry.

  9. Super fudgy cake... I would never complain to have a bite of this :)

  10. Zoe, I just saw Joyce's cake and she gave good reviews. Hmm...I'll try this cake nevertheless and see how it turns out. My motive is just to use up my almond meal hee..hee..

  11. hi zoe, i will be only baking the cake either tmrw or day after. i think i better keep an eye while it's approaching end baking time, hope it will turn out good:)

  12. Just okay? Wow. I'll have to try it to see if it's any good as well!

  13. Hi Zoe, your cake certainly looks a lot more moist than mine! Pity that we both don't really like the cake... others seemed to like them a lot!

  14. A chocolate cake for me too is always delicious!!! Love the texture!!

  15. Happy New Year Zoe. Your cake looks very moist to me. I've added espresso in mine & we love it. Wonderful chocolatey & coffee flavor that we had with vanilla ice cream & some chocolate ganache.

  16. Hi Zoe, been missing you and glad u r back fr yr vacation. Hope you had a good break. Your cake looks good but if it's dry, maybe you could turn it into cake pops instead. Crumble it up and mix with cheese or butter and coat it up. I'm sure your son will love it. There's bound to be a few recipes that just don't work. It happened to me as well.

  17. Hi Zoe, it's a pity you didn't like the cake but it did look quite good though. Anyhow, do hope you will like our next bake better :)