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Chocolate Almond Birthday Cake “Reine De Saba” – Casserole Queens

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Reine de Saba
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons dark rum or 2 tablespoons strong coffee
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for almonds
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/3 cup blanched almonds (pulverized in a food processor with 2 tablespoons sugar)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cake flour
Ganache (recipe below)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Set the oven rack to lower middle level.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate with the rum or coffee. Set aside.
Add the softened butter to a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, and cream it till soft and fluffy. Sprinkle in 6 tablespoons of sugar and beat for 1 minute more. Add yolks and beat until well blended. Pour in the reserved melted chocolate, pulverized almond flour, almond extract and mix together. Set aside.
In a clean mixing bowl, set the stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar, salt and continue beating until soft peaks are formed. Gradually beat in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff, shiny peaks are formed.
Stir a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture using a rubber spatula. Alternating with scoops of egg whites and sprinkles of cake flour, rapidly and delicately, fold together into the chocolate mixture. Turn batter into a buttered and floured 8×1 1/2-inch round cake pan, tilting it in all directions to distribute evenly. Bake for 25 minutes.
Cake is done when puffed to the top and a toothpick inserted 2 to 3 inches from the edge comes out clean. The center should move slightly when the pan is gently shaken. Remove pan to a rack let cool 15 minutes. Remove onto rack and let cool for 2 hours before adding ganache.

Ganache
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Scald heavy cream in a saucepot over medium heat. Remove pot from heat and add in chocolate. Let sit for 8 minutes and stir till chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Pour ganache evenly over chocolate cake.

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20 comments

  1. almond flour cake.

  2. My birthday is tomorrow just like them (August 18)! HAHA Why am I freaking out?

  3. Samia HB (Balqis)

    Ammmm Chocolat Cake " Reine de Saba "

  4. That's like 134 birthday punches

  5. why do they always seem so awkward ?

  6. To everyone who is freaking out over the "wasted chocolate": Just because you didn't SEE them scoop it back into a bowl, doesn't mean it didn't happen. The ganache that falls off the cake is still perfectly good and can be used in other projects. There are definitely a few techniques featured in this video that I take issue with, but drizzling ganache isn't one of them. It's called editing, people. You don't see them take the cake out of the oven either, but there it is!

  7. the reason the egg whites didn't fluff up very much was because she separated the eggs with her hand and if u do that, the oils on ur hands get in the egg whites and that makes it very difficult to whip them nicely.

  8. infinate.lyrics

    i love how they say their birthdays are on August 18th and the video is uploaded on August 11th… YOU GUYS FROM THE FUTURE OR SMTHING? ;/

  9. Omg, my birthday is on August 18th too! 😀

  10. oh and they don't seem to make things the normal way, make their own version

  11. you know they just said there just making her favorite type of cake, not her cake from her recipe. And it does invole her she very famous for her wonderfull and tasty recipes and they both happen to be leos like her so they just made a cake flavor she liked. Also whats the point of saying its insulating, your not her you never know she might be happy that they made her favorite cake type in honor of her. your number one is true though, not good to waste.

  12. 1) Julia Child didn't even throw out apple peels which she used for tea. It's unthinkable for her to approve of that much ganache wasted.
    2) This recipe is inconsistent with Julia's, where the chocolate and the almonds are stirred into the creamed mixture before the egg whites. In her recipe, the cake is frosted with Chocolate-Butter Icing.
    It's great to make a cake for celebration and to remember Julia Child but please don't associate Julia with things that aren't her. That's just insulting.

  13. at first i thought you mean the opposite! gosh.. sorry! xx

  14. she won't let any chocolate go to waste ;P !

  15. what is that mean

  16. At the end I was like: YEEY i'm gonna see the inside, o wait no i'm not :(

  17. Awful recipe.

  18. i love this recipe, it's a little different and unique. thanks for sharing it and Happy Birthday!! 😀

  19. Its my birthday today! IM A PROUD LEO

  20. Make the truffles next!

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