Servings: Serves 6–8
• Round cake pan , 8 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches deep
• 3-quart mixing bowl
• Wooden spoon or Electric beater
• Cake rack
• ½ cup semisweet chocolate , melted
• 2 Tbsp. rum or coffee
• ½ cup or 1 stick softened butter
• 2/3 cup granulated sugar to mix with butter
• 3 egg yolks
• 3egg whites
• Pinch of salt
• 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar to beat with egg whites
• 1/3 cup pulverized almonds
• 1/4 tsp. almond extract
• 1/2 cup cake flour , scooped and leveled, turned into asifter
• Chocolate-Butter Icing
Butter and flour the cake pan. Set the chocolate and rum or coffee in a small pan, cover, and place (off heat) in a larger pan of almost simmeringwater; let melt while you proceed with the recipe. Measure out the rest of the ingredients.
Cream the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar together for several minutes until they form a pale yellow, fluffymixture. Beat in the egg yolks until well blended.
Beat the egg whites and salt in a separate bowl until soft peaks are formed; sprinkle 1 Tbsp. sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed. With a rubber spatula, blend the melted chocolate into the butter and sugar mixture, then stir in the almonds, and almond extract. Immediately stir in one fourth of the beaten egg whites to lighten thebatter. Delicately fold in a third of the remaining whites and when partially blended, sift on one third of the flour and continue folding. Alternate rapidly with more egg whites and more flour untilall egg whites and flour are incorporated.
Turn the batter into the cake pan, pushing the batter up to its rim with a rubber spatula. Bake in middle level of preheated oven for about 25 minutes.Cake is done when it has puffed, and 2 1/2 to 3 inches around the circumference are set so that a needle plunged into that area comes out clean; the center should move slightly if the pan is shaken,...