Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Cake
Wonderfully rich, chocolate cake with a twist. The crystallized ginger, chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and dried apricots mixed into the batter make this cake very special. It is like finding treasure in every bite.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½teaspoon baking powder
- 1cup chopped dried apricots
- 1cup boiling water
- 5ounces almond paste
- ¾cup white sugar
- ⅔cup whole milk
- 3ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- ⅔cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- ¾cup unsalted butter, melted
Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
Step 2Soak chopped apricots in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain, and pat dry with paper towels.
Step 3In a large mixing bowl, mix almond paste and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture looks sandy. Beat in eggs one at a time; beat for 2 minutes after each addition. Continue beating for about 10 minutes; mixture should look thick and creamy.
Step 4Mix in milk, and then flour mixture. Mix only to combine the dry with the wet ingredients. Do not overbeat. Fold in apricots, chocolate, crystallized ginger, and melted butter. Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan.
Step 5Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour, until done. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan, and place on a wire rack to cool completely.