Oh my! Just look at this beautiful heart shaped chocolate torte. It is a decadent dessert, worthy of a 5-star restaurant. I still can’t believe I made it at home. Because I have the “best husband ever” I wanted to do something special for Valentine’s Day this year. I even bought special heart shaped pans. It was worth the effort. Mr. Extruded Noodle thinks I am amazing.
I wanted a petite sized cake, something for the 2 of us to enjoy. The 6 inch heart pans were perfect! The set actually contains 5 pans. This recipe has just enough batter to fill 3 of the pans.
- 8.5 oz. good quality dark (bittersweet) chocolate, divided
- 6 tbsp. butter
- 3 extra large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds, ground fine in a food processor
- 1-1/2 tsp. flour
- 2-1/4 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup half and half or cream
- 2 tsp. rum
- cooking spray
Melt 4 oz. dark chocolate with 6 tbsp. butter in a double boiler, whisking until smooth. Set aside to cool before adding to the egg mixture (so the eggs don’t cook). Beat together the eggs, sugars and extract. With the mixer running, gradually add the melted chocolate, ground almonds, flour and cocoa and beat until well combined. Pour into 3 pans that have been misted with cooking spray. I set my pans on a baking sheet to make it easier to transfer them to the oven.
When the layers have cooled to room temperature, make the ganache. Place 4-1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (break into small pieces) in a medium bowl with the rum. Heat the half and half (or cream) in a small sauce pan, stirring frequently. As soon as it comes to a boil, pour over the chocolate and whisk whisk whisk until it is perfectly smooth.
Allow the ganash to cool 5 minutes. Now arrange the first layer of the torte on a serving dish. Pour a little of the ganache in the center, and spread it outward to the edges with a spatula. Top with the next layer of torte and do the same.
Friends, this cake was sinfully rich! Look at it! We had a thin slice each and it was so delicious and filling. I was so pleased with how this came out, I think it is going to become a Valentine’s Day tradition at our house. ♥