Friday, December 3, 2010

Chocolate and Almond Sandwich

A simple, easy and delicious cake. I made this last week, when we visited our friends. The cake was yummy.
Ingredients:
Butter - 1 stick
Sugar - 5 tbsp
Egg - 1, beaten
All purpose flour - 6 tbsp
Blanched Almonds - 6 tbsp, powdered/ground
Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Milk - 3 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp

For the Chocolate Filling:
Semi sweet chocolate - 4 oz, grated
Milk - 11/2 tbsp
Confectioner's sugar/Icing sugar/Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup
Butter - 6 tbsp
Almond Extract - few drops

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease twp 7 inch pans and bottom line with baking parchment paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the well beaten egg to it.
3. Mix together the flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sift into a bowl.
4. Add the sifted mixture alternatively with the milk to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Combine thoroughly.
5. Divide the mixture into two portions and transfer one portion to each prepared baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Let both the cakes cool down completely before proceeding to the next step. When cool, sandwich the cakes together with the chocolate filling.
7. To make the chocolate filling, mix the chocolate with milk and warm over a low heat or microwave until the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat, beat in the confectioner's sugar and let the filling cool down. Cream the butter and then add the chocolate mixture and the almond extract, beat until the filling becomes light and creamy.
8. You can either cover the top of the cake with confectioner's sugar or can apply a  thin layer of the chocolate filling.

Sending this to Champa's 'Bake-off'

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