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Chocolate-Marcona Almond Torte

Scott Phillips

Servings: 8

Marcona almonds give this flourless chocolate cake deep flavor and a wonderfully moist texture, while a splash of dark rum enhances the chocolate notes; for a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum. The cake will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces; more softened for the pan
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% to 70% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups Marcona almonds
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. dark rum
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 520
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 320
  • Fat (g): 36
  • Saturated Fat (g): 14
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15
  • Cholesterol (mg): 175
  • Sodium (mg): 110
  • Carbohydrates (g): 37
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 12


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform cake pan.
  • Combine the chocolate and butter in a large bowl set in a skillet of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside.
  • Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, about 10 one-second pulses; set aside 1/4 cup. Add 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar to the almonds remaining in the processor and pulse until the mixture resembles damp sand, another 10 pulses. (Don’t overprocess or the mixture will become oily.) Stir into the chocolate along with the rum and vanilla.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a hand-held electric mixer), combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the eggs and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until tripled in volume and the lifted beater leaves a ribbon on the surface of the mixture, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a spatula, fold the chocolate-almond mixture into the eggs until no streaks remain. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and sprinkle with the reserved almonds.
  • Bake until the top is set and the cake doesn’t jiggle when you gently shake the pan, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and remove the side. Use a large, lightly oiled spatula to carefully transfer the cake to a serving plate. Cool completely before slicing and serving.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • paintmonger | 02/18/2019

    What a wonderful addition this was to a dinner party that included a couple friends who are ‘gluten-free’! Delicious.

  • annvs | 04/12/2017

    Question, I have made this several times and everyone loves it. The last time a little "wet" Has anyone had this problem..Maybe temp too low or not long enough...is timing 25-30 best?Also, I would suggest lining bottom of pan with parchment, then butter that..flips our easily.Ann C

  • thumperhfx | 04/05/2015

    This cake it addictive. The crunch of the almonds with the rich moist chocolate is over the top good. 5 stars!

  • sinjawns | 04/19/2014

    Love this simple but delicious torte. Have made in ramekins for individual portions; keeps well. Have tried with marconas, regular almonds, and a mix of almonds and macadamias all good, but best with marconas. A little fleur de sel sprinkled on the top is nice too.

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