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Chocolate-Almond Mary Ann Cake

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“Laced with semisweet chocolate chips, this luscious cake is topped with ganache, a rich smooth mixture of melted chocolate and cream. A sprinkling of toasted almonds adds the finishing touch. The cake will keep at room temperature for up to 4 days, store under a covered cake dome. The "Mary Ann Pan" was first introduced in the United States in 1921. The "Mary Ann's Cake Shell Pans" were designed to bake light cake shells to hold everything from fresh fruit to rich custards. Said pan produces one round cake with fluted sides and an inverted well for spooning in whipped cream, fruit curds, custard, fresh fruit or even ice cream. Willimas-Sonoma no longer carry the Mary Ann cake pans but you can find them at Amazon. com or Crate and Barrel. Williams Sonoma Kitchens, April 12, 2005 &/or Diana's Desserts. There is a cooling time of about 2 hrs.”
1hr 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350°F
  2. Grease a Mary Ann cake pan and dust with cocoa powder.
  4. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the 3/4 cup cocoa, the sugar, the Amaretto and boiling water.
  6. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs and vanilla.
  8. Pour into the cocoa mixture and whisk to combine.
  9. Whisk in the flour mixture in two additions.
  10. Pour the batter through a fine-mesh sieve into the prepared pan and stir in the chocolate chips.
  11. Bake until the cake springs back when gently touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  12. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes.
  13. Tap the pan gently on a work surface, invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan.
  14. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  16. Put the chocolate in a small bowl.
  17. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream until bubbles form around the edges of the pan.
  18. Pour the cream over the chocolate.
  19. Let stand for 1 minute, then slowly whisk until smooth.
  20. Let cool for 10 minutes before using.
  21. Pour the ganache into the well of the cake.
  22. Using an offset spatula, spread evenly.
  23. Sprinkle the almonds in a 1-inch-wide band around the outside edge of the ganache.
  24. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes to set the ganache.

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