Learn to make the famous Viennese culinary specialty that will satisfy even the most intense chocolate cravings.
By Michelle Rose
- 90g almond flour
- 32g All Purpose flour
- 32g cocoa powder
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate (around 70%)
- 113g butter, room temperature
- 96g confectioners sugar
- 5 eggs (4 separated, 1 whole)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 90g apricot or raspberry jam
- 5 oz bittersweet chocolate (around 70%, chopped)
- 480ml heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 425. Butter the inside of an 8? cake pan. Dust with flour and set aside.
- Sift together almond flour, all purpose flour, and cocoa. Set aside
- Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool
- In a mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until pale and creamy. One by one add whole eggs and yolks. Beat until thick. Transfer to a larger bowl.
- Clean mixer bowl very well. Beat egg whites with lemon juice until foamy. Increase speed and beat to soft peak.
- Fold melted chocolate into yolk mixture followed by the flour mixture. Fold in egg whites in 3 additions. Be careful not to overmix and deflate the batter. Scrape batter into prepared pan. The batter should come up 1?
- Bake for 20-22 minutes
- Unmold, invert and cool to room temperature right side up.
- If cake is domed, trim to level. Cut cake into 2 layers. Place bottom half on cardboard slightly smaller than the cake. Spread top of this layer with jam. Place next layer on top and set aside.
- Pour cream in a saucepan and bring to boil. When boiling, pull from heat and pour over chocolate. Mix until ganache is glossy. Avoid incorporating air into the ganache.
- Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of ganache over the sides and top of the cake to crumb coat.
- Put cake in freezer for 5 minutes to set. Keep ganache warm. Remove cake from freezer.
- Put cake on a wire rack. Pour warm ganache over cake and smooth over with your offset spatula.
- Glaze will set in 20 minutes
After quitting her job, Michelle packed a bag and set off on a four year trip around the world. The one souvenir she brought back: a love of food and cooking. Taking a cooking class while traveling is the only thing that weighs nothing and stays with you forever. Returning home, she enrolled in the Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has worked in some of North Americas finest restaurants and pastry shops. She currently resides in Toronto where she chronicles her travels and recipes on her blog Sweet Escapes.