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Apricot-Almond Chocolate Torte

 

It takes some time to make this decadent cake, but whoever tastes it will tell you how delicious it is. They might think this is from some high-end bakery.
36

Yield

16

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

40

min

Ready

1

hrs

Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free
 

Ingredients

cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
unsweetened
2 tablespoons baking soda
*
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup coffee
cooled
cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Filling and frosting
½ cup margarine
or butter, cut up
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
semi-sweet, cut up, null, null
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 cup apricot preserves (jam)
*
cup almond paste
*

Directions

Grease and lightly flour two 9 x 1½-inch round baking pans, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add water, coffee, oil, and vanilla.

Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed just until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake in a 350℉ (180℃) oven for 35 minutes or until done.

Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Remove from pans; cool completely on racks.

Prepare frosting (glaze) by combining the margarine or butter in a saucepan with the semisweet chocolate and corn syrup.

Stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat.

Let stand until glaze begins to thicken.

Cut cake layers in half horizontally.

Place 1 layer on a platter and spread with ⅓ of the apricot preserves.

Repeat 2 more times.

Top with the fourth cake layer.

Place almond paste between 2 sheets of waxed paper; roll until thin (about a 9 inch diameter).

Remove top sheet of paper.

Place almond past atop cake, paper side up; remove paper.

Trim almond paste even with cake edge. Spread top and sides of cake with chocolate glaze (if glaze becomes too firm, stir in a few drops of hot water).

If desired, garnish with chocolate curls (not included in ingredients list).

Note: Some apricot preserves have large chunks of apricots.

Cut these chunks into smaller pieces before using in this recipe.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 108g (3.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36444% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 11%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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