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Chocolate Almond Celebration Cake Recipe

Amanda Jones

Jan 17, 2022

almond celebration cake

The secret is out; now you can make Jacques Torres' Almond Celebration Cake at home. This easy-to-make layered sponge cake will have all your guests coming back for seconds... and asking for your recipe.

Ingredients

For the Almond Sponge Cake:
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 1 stick plus ½ tablespoon (123 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • 7 egg whites
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (160 grams) sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups (155 grams) ground almonds (almond flour) or cornstarch
  • ½ cup plus 2 teaspoons (42 grams) plain breadcrumbs (it's okay to use store-bought)
For the Chocolate Cream Base:

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place a 9-inch ring in the center. 

  2. For the almond sponge cake, mix the egg yolks and butter in a medium bowl with a whisk and set aside.  

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and gradually add the sugar to make a meringue.  

  4. With a rubber spatula, combine the yolk and butter mixture into the meringue, then fold in the almond flour and breadcrumbs.  

  5. Pour the cake batter into the 9-inch ring and bake for 30 minutes. Let the cake cool to room temperature.  

  6. Run a paring knife along the inside of the ring to separate the cake. Remove the ring, place the cake on a plate and cover it with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge overnight.  

  7. For the chocolate cream base, in a large saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer, then turn off the heat. Add the chocolate and whisk until completely melted and incorporated. Pour the mixture into an airtight container, let cool a bit, then store it in fridge, covered, overnight.   

  8. When you're ready to assemble the cake, use a serrated knife to cut the cake horizontally into three layers as evenly as possible.  

  9. Pour the chocolate cream into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and mix until light in texture. Do not overmix. 
     
  10. Set one cake layer on a cake plate or cake stand. Using a piping bag or offset spatula, spread a ½-inch-thick layer of chocolate cream on the top. Repeat two more times with another layer of cake and more chocolate cream.