My Chocolate Almond Cake – Excellent Holiday Dessert

The Holidays are upon us and this means that I am going to share lots of recipes on this blog for the upcoming few weeks.  I am not going to post another post about my Turkey recipe as I did it last year, but I am going to update that post with new home made pictures.

Today I wanted to give you my chocolate Almond cake recipe which could be a great holiday dessert.  This cake is pretty easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Plus, in order to help you, those who are visual people, I’ve taken a picture of pretty much every single step.

Chocolate cake is my favorite kind of cake, but it has to be home made. I am not a fan of store cakes as they have too much sugar and not too much taste.  This chocolate cake is tasty, moist and light at the same time. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you try it.

Ingredients for 8 Slice Cake

  • 125 g of butter
  • 125 g of chocolate chips
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 g of sugar
  • 25 g of flour
  • 100 g of ground plain almonds
  • 3 Table spoons of (nut chocolate spread) for decoration such as Nutella
  • 1 pinch of salt
I prefer to buy whole plain almonds that I grind myself, but you can buy them already ground.

Let the butter soften at room temperature at least one hour before you start making your cake.  Pour the butter and the chocolate chips in a blow and place it on top of a pot half full with water.  Let the butter and chocolate melt slowly in bain marie on low to medium heat.

When the chocolate and butter are melted well enough stir with a wooden spoon until you obtain a smooth chocolate sauce.

Now it’s time to separate the egg whites from the yolks. Make sure you place the whites in a large mixing bowl in order to be able to beat them with an electric mixer.

Makes sure you beat the egg whites really firm. Once  you’re done with the egg whites mix the sugar, flour and the almond powder together.  Remove the chocolate sauce from the bain-marie and mix the egg yolks to to the chocolate little by little while stirring very fast so the eggs don’t cook.  Stir until the chocolate is very smooth again.

Then, mix the chocolate to the flour-sugar and almond mix and stir vividly with a hand whisk  until everything is evenly blended.

Then, mix the egg whites with the chocolate mixture (seen above).  Mix with a table spoon in a folding fashion, so the egg whites stay firm and won’t break. Your final result should look like the one below.

Spread a 9 inch cake mold with soft butter and place a piece of wax baking paper on on top of the butter to cover the surface of the mold.  than pour your cake mix.

Bake at medium heat around 350° for 25-30 minutes.  Make sure you don’t over cook it and check if done by sticking a knife in the middle of the cake. If the knife comes out dry, your cake is done.  Remove from the oven and let it cool down for about 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes place a plate larger than the cake on top of the cake and flip the cake upside down, and remove the wax paper.  The paper should come off very smoothly while not destroying the shape of the cake at all.

Then spread 3 table spoon of chocolate nut past such as Nutella (or any store brand of your choice) until the cake is completely covered. Then decorate with chocolate power or other chocolate based decoration. Let it cool off another hour at room temperature before eating.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know what you think and bon appetit!

19 Comments

  • Pauline says:

    Hi Sylviane

    This recipe looks so good (I could just eat some now as I am having my afternoon drink lol) I am going to try this out and see if I can make it as good as you do!
    Thanks for sharing, I shall be looking out for more from you 🙂
    Have a great weekend
    Pauline

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Pauline,

      Nice to see you here 🙂 I hope you’ll try it and let me know how it taste. I love this cake and it’s rather easy to make.

      Thanks for coming and have a great week end!

  • Carol LynnTwitter: carollynnrivera says:

    Well that looks yummy! I love cake too, it’s one of my favorite desserts. I used to make cake from the store all the time (out of the box) and then I started making some on my own and it was soooo good. Then one day I got lazy and said why not just make one out of the box? And I really didn’t like it! I used to frosting out of the can and it was way too sweet but not that good.

    I also love almonds. I agree it’s a little more work but better tasting if you grind your own. I have a coffee grinder that I use for everything but coffee beans. That works for nuts too!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Carol,

      You bet, cake from a box might be just a bit faster, but I can also make a cake from scratch in less than 15 minutes, so frankly it’s all woth it. I tried those cakes in a box and it’s OK, but it’s not great.

      I hope you’ll give this one a try!

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    I’m a huge chocolate lover too Sylviane… One thing I’m not though is a cook. Oh I can but I’m also lazy. I certainly don’t mind the store bought cakes but I would love to give this one a try too.

    I’ve never tried the Nutella spread and Mom and I were talking about that just a couple weeks ago. My sister loves it though.

    Thanks for the recipe and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from you as the holidays approach.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I’m glad to hear that you like chocolate, I think it’s weird not too like chocolate LOL!

      If you’re used home made cakes you don’t want store cakes anymore. Homemade taste is 100% better in my book 🙂

      Thank you for sharing my recipe, and have a great week end.

  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Why did I click this on when I’m hungry? Now all I want to do is eat this cake Sylviane. The funny thing is, my grandmother used to make something like this, but I never watched her make it. I remember her using nutella. (hey it was always an Italian thing)

    This looks so yummy! It has inspired me to start baking again.

    Thanks,
    Donna
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna,

      Wow, great news. If my post can inspire people to do anything “good”, I have nothing more to ask for 🙂

      Throughout the coming weeks I have more delicious recipes coming. I’m a huge cook and baker, inherited from my lovely mom,who has always been an out of this world cook. I grew up in this stuff you know!

      Thanks for coming, Donna, and if you want to try this cake similar to the one your grandmother used to make, you’ll love it I’m sure.

  • Sue PriceTwitter: suejprice says:

    HI Sylviane
    I know I have said on this blog before that I do not like deserts much – but chocolate is my big exception. I must confess I am like Adrienne and do not enjoy cooking so much. I used to love it and did much of it through the years.

    I do cook of course but not desert although I reckon I could give this a try. It sounds awesome.

    Thanks Sylviane.

    Sue
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sue,

      Well, desserts not having much to to do with health, I guess it’s a bad thing not to care much about them, but if you like chocolate and I made this cake for you I’d bet you’d love it 🙂

      I don’t know how many people would even try my recipes, but I sure enjoy posting them 🙂

      Thanks for coming, Sue!

  • carol Minarcik says:

    I love Chocolate, and this sure does look tasty, in fact it made me sooooo hungry for cake as I was reading it. I shall add this to my holiday cooking. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Carol,

      I’m glad this made you want to eat some chocolate cake. It is very delicious. And more is to come!

      Thank you for coming by, and hope you’ll like it if you try to make it 🙂

  • Shalu says:

    Really mouthwatering. Just looking at the cake makes me want to eat it. Chocolate cakes have always been my favourite and I would love to try them. Although I don’t bake much but your instructions are very good and I might be able to try it. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  • Veronica says:

    I love cooking and chocolate cakes are to die for. Thanks for this great recipe, Sylviane. I am going to made this for my birthday. Looks delicious.

  • Joy says:

    This is a very sinful chocolate-and-almond dessert but I should really try it. Let’s not talk about the carbs and the sugar for now, we’ll work it out after the holidays.

  • vaibhav says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Chocolate Cake is all time my favourite cake.And your Chocolate Almond Cake reciepe is very Good.This Chocolate Almond Cake Looks Delicious and Yummy…..
    Thanks For Sharing….

  • Cameron says:

    Looks like yummy and chocolaty! The recipe making idea seems to me more lips-making, 😛 although I am a complete dummy of chocolate. 😀 I would like to personally say thanks for sharing such a chocolaty recipe idea. Keep up the good work, Cool Chocolaty dude! 🙂

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