Wednesday, February 20, 2008

a perfectly normal birthday cake

Despite all evidence to the contrary, desserts prepared at the mad hippie engineer house don't usually involve high-voltage science experiments or heavy-duty power tools. Most of them are perfectly sane, and prepared for perfectly normal reasons.

Yesterday was Rachel's birthday. Alex and I decided we'd rather bake cake than do homework. Birthday cake is perfectly normal, isn't it?

Well... I never claimed the decorations were perfectly normal.*

The recipe for this cake comes from Rachel's mother. Originally a Passover cake, it's dairy-free and uses no leavening agents. It comes out almost like a soft meringue, golden brown at the edges and flecked with chocolate. It's a very light cake, so you can easily have seconds (if there are any) without ill effects.

Rachel's Mother's Hebrew Chocolate Almond Cake

If you're baking this cake for Passover, replace the flour with matzo meal.

(Recipe not for one. Doubled, this recipe serves sixteen mad hippie engineers.)

1 cup almonds, lightly toasted
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 heaping tablespoons flour
5 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F.

Grind almonds and chocolate with flour in food processor until fine and powdery.

Separate eggs. Reserve the egg yolks. Beat egg whites until stiff, gradually adding sugar and vanilla.

Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate-almond mixture, then fold in the yolks.

Pour the mixture into a greased 8-inch cake tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm.

*"10101" is Rachel's age in binary.


Julie said...

Like a soft meringue flecked with chocolate? That sounds wonderful. The cake decoration by the way, is memorable.

adele said...

Thank you. :)