MAKES ONE 9-INCH CAKE, SERVING 12 TO 16
Using ground nuts in place of some of the flour gave
our rich, fudgy, flourless chocolate cake a sturdy enough
texture to serve as the base of our chocolate-raspberry
torte recipe. We combined raspberry jam with lightly
mashed fresh raspberries for a tangy-sweet mixture that
clung to the cake. And for the glaze, melting bittersweet
chocolate with heavy cream created a rich-tasting, glossy
ganache that poured smoothly over the cake and made
the perfect topping to our chocolate-raspberry torte.
We recommend using either Callebaut Intense Dark
L-60-40NV or Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking
Bar, but any high-quality bittersweet or semisweet
chocolate will work. If you’re refrigerating the cake for
more than 1 hour in step 6, let it stand at room temperature
for about 30 minutes before serving.
Cake and Filling
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped fine
12 tablespoons (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 3⁄4 cups (about 7 ounces) sliced almonds, lightly
1⁄4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (1 1⁄4 ounces)
1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
5 large eggs
3⁄4 cup (5 1⁄4 ounces) sugar
1⁄2 cup fresh raspberries, plus 16 individual berries
for garnishing cake
1⁄4 cup seedless raspberry jam
Chocolate Ganache Glaze
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
1⁄2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1. FOR THE CAKE: Adjust oven rack to middle
position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line bottom of
two 9-inch-wide by 2-inch-high round cake pans with
parchment paper. Melt chocolate and butter in large
heatproof bowl set over saucepan filled with 1 inch
simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature,
about 30 minutes. Stir in vanilla and espresso powder.
2. Process ¾ cup almonds in food processor until
coarsely chopped, six to eight 1-second pulses; set aside
to garnish cake. Process remaining cup almonds until very
finely ground, about 45 seconds. Add flour and salt and
continue to process until combined, about 15 seconds.
Transfer almond-flour mixture to medium bowl. Process
eggs in now-empty food processor until lightened in
color and almost doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
With processor running, slowly add sugar until thoroughly
combined, about 15 seconds. Using whisk, gently fold
egg mixture into chocolate mixture until some streaks
of egg remain. Sprinkle half almond-flour mixture over
chocolate-egg mixture and gently whisk until just
combined. Sprinkle in remaining almond-flour mixture
and gently whisk until just combined.
3. Divide batter between cake pans and smooth with
rubber spatula. Bake until center is firm and toothpick
inserted into center comes out with few moist crumbs
attached, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer cakes to wire rack and
cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes. Run paring
knife around sides of cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto
cardboard rounds cut same size as diameter of cake and
remove parchment paper. Using wire rack, reinvert 1 cake
so top side faces up; slide back onto cardboard round.
4. TO ASSEMBLE TORTE : Place ½ cup raspberries
in medium bowl and coarsely mash with fork. Stir in
raspberry jam until just combined. Spread raspberry
mixture onto cake layer that is top side up. Top with
second cake layer, leaving it bottom side up. Transfer
assembled cake, still on cardboard round, to wire rack
set in rimmed baking sheet.
5. FOR THE GLAZE: Melt chocolate and cream
in medium heatproof bowl set over saucepan filled
with 1 inch simmering water, stirring occasionally until
smooth. Remove from heat and gently whisk until
very smooth. Pour glaze onto center of assembled cake.
Use offset spatula to spread glaze evenly over top of
cake, letting it flow down sides. Spread glaze along sides
of cake to coat evenly.
6. Using fine-mesh strainer, sift reserved almonds
to remove any fine bits. Holding bottom of cake on
cardboard round with 1 hand, gently press sifted almonds
onto cake sides with other hand. Arrange raspberries
around circumference. Refrigerate cake, still on rack,
until glaze is set, at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Transfer cake to serving platter, slice, and serve.