Almond Praline Cake
1 1/4 cups cream
3 T brown sugar
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
21 oz. almond paste, crumbled into small pieces
1 T vanilla
1 3/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup sugar
2 cups whole toasted almonds
12 oz. mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups cream
3 T sugar
1 T vanilla
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
For ganache: Simmer cream and sugar to dissolve. Stir in chocolate until smooth. Chill until spreadable.
For cake: Heat oven to 350. Butter and flour 3 round 9-inch cake pans, lining bottoms with parchment.
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt.
In mixer beat butter with brown sugar. Beat in almond paste gradually until smooth.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.
Beat in extracts.
Mix in dry ingredients.
Divide between pans and bake 25 minutes until done. Cool.
For praline: Line baking sheet with foil.
Stir sugar and 1/4 cup water until dissolved in saucepan.
Increase heat and boil until deep amber.
Mix in nuts. Pour onto foil and cool.
For frosting: Beat all ingredients just to soft peaks.
Assemble cake starting with one cake layer,half of ganache, 1/4 cup praline, second cake layer, remaining ganache, 1/4 cup praline, and third cake layer. Spread frosting over.
For chocolate bark:
Line sheet with foil. Melt chocolate. Drizzle all but 1 or 2 tablespoons in wide zigzags over foil. Sprinkle 3 T praline over and chill until firm.
Press remaining praline around bottom edge of cake, and sprinkle some on top. Break chocolate bark into pieces and stick into top of cake. Remelt reserved chocolate and drizzle over top.
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From Bon Appetit