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The inspiration for this Chocolate Almond cake all started with the french macarons . I've been wanting to make the macarons for the longest time and of course, I want to put it on a cake. I wanted a cake that would tie into the almond flavour of the macarons and I also wanted to use chocolate and strawberries.
The original vision in my head was that the chocolate almond cake be covered with a pristine, smooth coat of dark chocolate ganache. Well that vision didn't really come into reality as I tried to rush the process a bit. After filling the cake with strawberry mousse and crumb coated the cake with chocolate buttercream, I shoved it in the freezer to chill it faster. I just wanted the buttercream to harden a bit before I pour the ganache on it. But then I got distracted. The cake stayed in the freezer longer than it had to. The exterior was already frozen when I got to it.
When I poured the chocolate ganache on the cake, well it got frozen too pretty fast. It would not spread when I tried to push it to the sides with a metal spatula.
What I got was an ugly chocolate mess. Oh well, on to plan B.
I tried scraping off the chocolate ganache but most of it would not budge.
So I just tried to smooth it out with a metal spatula as best as I could. The end result was ok. Instead of that shiny, smooth cake that I envisioned, I got a rustic looking one. Well, it had that homemade feel to it and it was starting to grow on me.
I love the sophisticated flavor combination of almonds and chocolate. I used the strawberry mousse in between layers and this added another dimension of flavor to the cake. And finally I added the french macarons as the pièce de résistance of this already lovely cake. The flavours of the almond, chocolate and strawberries married very well and I found that the cake tasted even better the day after it was made.
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