chocolate raspberry torte

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

As many of you know, Mikey and Nick have decided to leave me ALL ALONE in our fair city.  Naturally, this makes me very sad.  On the upside, it also makes me a GENIUS for having opted for a cookbook-blog instead of a regular old cookbook. 

 If everyone asks really, really nicely, maybe Mikey and Nick will keep posting.  (Feel free to cheer Aine on, too, though I’m slightly concerned that she may start confusing things– and by “things” I mean “me”–  by posting in grams and such). 

Anyway, before they threw all of their belongings in a U-Haul and drove off into the sunset, we had a little going-away get-together.  I was in charge of making a Mikey-friendly dessert.  Since Mike hates strawberries, the Indian Giver cake was out.  Left without a standby, I sent a frantic e-mail to Gastronomy612.  That girl’s got the baking goods, and apparently also has really good taste in chocolate tortes.  The recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, the (comments) are mine.

Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 12 to 16.   Published November 1, 2010.   From Cook’s Illustrated.

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Why this recipe works:

–>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 (I went the Ghiradelli route.  Unsurprisingly, thumbs up). 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 (see note)
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 3/4 cups (about 7 ounces) sliced almonds , lightly toasted
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 (see note)
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 3/4 cup almonds in food processor until coarsely chopped, six to eight 1-second pulses; set aside to garnish cake (I just bought a package of slivered almonds and gave them a rough chop with a knife). Process remaining cup almonds until very finely ground, about 45 seconds (this is, in part, because I don’t own a food processor.  I do, however, own a coffee mill, which is very good at grinding almonds.  Though I wonder why one couldn’t just use almond powder). Add flour and salt and continue to process until combined, about 15 seconds (I combined by hand). 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 (did this in the Kitchen Aid). 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.  (Cardboard rounds.  Hilarious.  Since there was a zero percent chance I was going to cut out cardboard circles, I covered the pans with a plate and quickly flipped.  Look, ma! No cardboard!)

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.  (I put everything on the dish I planned to serve the torte on, and set the torte atop several sheets of parchment paper.  In my mind, this is much easier than making more dirty dishes, as Cook’s suggests.  Then, when everything’s all done and you’re ready to serve, carefully pull out the parchment paper and you  have a nice, clean serving plate). 

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.


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