Chocolate Almond Torte
10 to 12 servings.
- 4 eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup Sugar, divided
- 3/4 cup Ground blanched almonds
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S cocoa
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- cherry FILLING (recipe follows)
- chocolate GLAZE (recipe follows)
- sliced almonds, maraschino cherries or Candied cherries, halved
- Heat oven to 375 °F.
- Grease bottoms of three 8-inch round baking pans.
- Line bottoms with wax paper; grease paper.
- Beat egg yolks on medium speed of mixer 3 minutes in medium bowl.
- Gradually add 1/2 cup Sugar; continue beating 2 minutes.
- Stir together almonds, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with water to egg yolk mixture, beating on low speed just until blended.
- Stir in vanilla and almond extract.
- Beat egg whites in large bowl until foamy; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup Sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
- Fold small amount beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture; gently fold chocolate mixture into into remaining whites just until blended.
- Spread batter evenly into prepared pans.
- Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.
- Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
- Cool completely.
- Prepare Cherry FILLING.
- Place one cake layer on serving plate; spread half of filling over top.
- Repeat, ending with plain layer on top.
- Prepare chocolate GLAZE; spread on top of cake, allowing glaze to run down sides.
- Garnish with almonds and cherry halves.
- Refrigerate until glaze is set.
- Cover; refrigerate leftover torte.
- 1 cup (1/2 pint) cold whipping cream,
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar,
- 1-1/2 teaspoons kirsch (cherry brandy) or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract,
- 1/3 cup chopped red Candied cherries
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine,
- 2 tablespoons HERSHEY'S cocoa,
- 2 tablespoons water,
- 1 cup powdered sugar,
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat; add cocoa and water, stirring constantly until slightly thickened.
- Remove from heat; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating with whisk until smooth and of spreading consistency.
- Add additional water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, if needed.
- About 3/4 cup glaze.