Some people know how to eat and not get stuffed on the holidays. I am not one of those people. I’m an over-eater and usually I make resolutions to stick to a diet in the New Year. And of course, as most new year resolutions, diets get ruined.
Am I the only one to in this predicament?
The following is a recipe for all those people that want to relive the happy moments of the holidays family dinners and feasts. Treat yourself, even if you have to give up eating for the rest of the day. I know I will.
300g almond flour
300g white chocolate
25ml espresso or 2 tsp instant coffee & 25ml hot water
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170°C fan/190°C/medium flame and butter and line with parchment paper a 26cm spring-form pan.
Separate the eggs in two large bowls.
Beat the egg withes with a mixer or whisk until medium peaks. Add about half of the sugar and beat again until shiny.
Beat the yolks with the rest of the sugar, the cinnamon, the vanilla and one teaspoon of the cardamom until frothy and pale yellow.
Add the almond flour to the egg yolks along with the coffee. Mix well and add a third of the beaten egg whites. Stir vigorously without fear of deflating the mixture.
Add mixture to the rest of the egg whites, and carefully folding them in.
Transfer everything to the prepared pan and put it in the oven for 45-50 minutes until golden and firm-ish.
Begin preparing the frosting by melting the chocolate on very low heat in a small pan.
In a large bowl whip the mascarpone a bit with a mixer, together with the remaining teaspoon of ground cardamom.
Add the melted chocolate and mix on low speed until fully incorporated.
When the cake has cooled completely cut it in three layers with a sharp knife.
Reverse the order of the cake layers, starting with the top so you can have the bottom layer as a flat top.
Spread frosting on each layer, reserving a bit more than a third for covering the cake.
If decorating a cake is not one of your talents, do as I do: create swirls in the frosting with the spatula and dust the cake with more instant coffee powder and cocoa.
Enjoy responsibly! That means share.