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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Purely Chocolate Almond Meringue Cake with Dark chocolate Filling


For a toddler turning three,the pure chocolate cake was perfect to celebrate the special day and also accomplishing to his mom ,who shares the same chocolate passion.


His adventures seem to have gotten even more advanced since he was two.Jumping on the bed,fetching his favorite food from the refrigerator or kitchen counter,sliding down the stairs,wrestling with his big brother,examining all the closets and drawers,gladly after all that exploring, running and jumping around the house,he does settle for quite time reading and imaginative play. Considering his liking for an equally adventurous species in one his favorite books "Five little monkeys Jumping on the bed",I guess he got the most appropriate gift for this special day,the five little monkeys board game,and thankfully the imaginative toy kept him busy for most part of his special day.

What's so special about this chocolate cake? for one,this is mostly chocolate at its best,secondly the joy of almonds and finally its low in sugar ,free of any additives or preservatives.There was one mishap though ,the meringue did not keep tall due to less sugar used.Otherwise the taste was absolutely chocolatey despite changes to lower the calories.My trick here to keep the cake moist sans the extra fat,use some fruit puree instead.

Recipe : Chocolate Almond Meringue Cake with Dark chocolate Filling ,adapted from Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty's Chocolate Passion.

Ingredients
For Chocolate Almond Meringue Cake
4 Tablespoons unsweetened nonalkalized Cocoa powder
1/3 cup hot water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon unsalted butter(softened) or pure ghee
1/2 cup apple puree
1/4 cup reduced fat milk
1/2 cup dark brown sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar
4 large Organic eggs,separated
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract(alcohol-free)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup sliced almonds

For rich Chocolate Filling
7 ounces bitter sweet chocolate,finely chopped(or use the chips)
3/4 cup Organic whole milk

Method
Make the Dark Chocolate Filling
Place the chopped chocolate in medium heatproof bowl.Bring the milk to a gentle boil in a small saucepan,pour the hot milk over the chopped chocolate,let stand for 3 minutes to melt the chocolate.Stir gently until the mixture is well blended and smooth.Cover and set it aside to cool for an hour until it has the consistency of frosting.


Make the Chocolate almond meringue cake
1.Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350F.Lightly butter the bottom of two 9-inch baking pans.Line the bottoms with parchment rounds.
2.In a small bowl,whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth.Set aside to cool.
3.In a medium bowl,using a wire whisk,stir together the flour,ground almonds,baking powder,baking soda and salt until well blended.
4.In another large bowl,using a whisk beat the butter,3 tablespoon of sugar until light and fluffy.Add the egg yolks,one at a time,beating well after each addition.Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.
5.In to this wet mixture now combine the dry ingredients one-half at a time,alternating them with the cocoa mixture.Divide the batter evenly between the prepared baking pans.
6.In a clean,grease free glass bowl,beat the egg whites and the remaining 2 tablespoon of dark brown sugar until the mixture looks creamy ,continue beating until the egg white mixture forms a stiff,shiny meringue.Takes about 5-6 minutes.
7.Using a small spatula,swirl the meringue over the cake batter in the pans,making sure that meringue completely covers the batter and extends to the sides of the pans.Evenly distribute the sliced almonds over the meringue.
8.Bake the cakes until the meringue is puffed up and lightly browned about 25-30 minutes.Run the tip of a sharp knife between the edge of the meringue and the sides of the cake pans to loosen the cakes.Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Assemble the cake
When the cakes are cooled completely,peel off the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake and immediately invert the cake on to a serving platter;the meringue side will be facing up.Spoon the chocolate filling on top of the meringue.Spread it out evenly.Do the same for the other cake from the pan,place over the chocolate filling,meringue side up.



The Cake is my entry for Divya Kudua's Best Chocolate Cake Event

32 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Excellent Yasmeen.Belated Birthday wishes to the young boy.Nice to know more about him.The cake is pure bliss.

Tina said...

Wow..fabulous cake dear...

Anncoo said...

WOW! Rich and moist choc cake...looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joanne said...

What a lucky three year old! This sounds like a wonderful birthday cake. He's lucky to have you!

Happy Cook said...

Why is that when i am not allowed to make anything with chocolate for a month tha to see every where delicous chocolate cakes.
This just looks so so yumm. Love the filling too.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What an awesome birthday cake Yasmeen. I just love looking at it. Its so perfect and sinful!

Shabs.. said...

god....thats so inviting...if i stay here more, i will end up licking the screen!!its so good...i too posted a brownie:)....a chocolate treat...
So, how are u doing?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy 3rd Birthday to the Toddler! That cake looks divinely gorgeous!

Cheers,

Rosa

Anjum said...

Fabulous cake....divine.

Gita said...

Happy Birthday to the little one :) Awesome cake Yasmeen!

Rachana Kothari said...

Happy Birthday to your little one! The Cake looks fabulous :) I love dark chocolate and feel like having a bite:)

Dolly said...

Yasmeen - A happy 3rd birthday to your son who must be so proud of his mom. What a way to celebrate with this divine chocolaty cake. Awesome clicks and ur cake looks just irresistible. I could eat a couple slices...

Pavithra said...

Awesome cake with divine chocolate filling.. looks gorgeous. Belated birthday wishes to the cute boy. Yumm wish I am there to relish a slice.

sowmya's creative saga said...

cake looks so gorgeous..my son will be 3 next week..am planning to bake a choco cake too..

sayantani said...

thats a gorgeous gorgeous cake. love the dolls dancing in the background. great way of presentation.

Divya Kudua said...

Yum..I love to have low-fat choc cake recipes and this seems like the perfect one..:).Happy birthday to your baby boy!!

simply.food said...

Chocolate cake looks so yummy chocolate and delicious.My mouth is watering just looking at the click.

Deepa G Joshi said...

such a lovely and delectable cake...gorgeous too.

Vibaas said...

What a yummy looking cake :) Belated birthday wishes to the little one :)

indosungod said...

Wishes to the birthday boy. Oh My! What a delicious looking cake.

tasteofbeirut said...

My! A cake like this and he is little! He is going to be such a gourmet! I think the cake is fantastic: it looks like a million dollars and it is light and it is chocolate! Wow! I did not suspect you would produce such a cake, thought you were anticakes fo r some reason!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, what a rich and decadent chocolate cake!! Happy Birthday to your little guy!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, a chocolate almond meringue cake - it sounds absolutely fabulous! Happy birthday to the little one!

Julia @Mélanger said...

Wow, what a delicious looking birthday cake. I love your adaptations.

Shri said...

OMG, Yasmeen, I am drooling here..A fantabulous!

Padhu said...

Cake looks fabulous! Belated wishes to the little boy

Bria @ West of Persia said...

Perfect timing, as I have a bday cake to bake in a few days. This recipe looks perfect. Love that its' decadent while still being lighter.

s said...

wow!!! what a cake..it looks sinfully fabulous!

Sarah said...

Happy birthday to the little lad =)

Jamie said...

Awesome.I'm a sucker for dark chocolate

Nimi SunilKumar said...

gr8 snaps and a fabulous cake...w8in 2 try this out

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