Tartine Chocolate-Almond Cake

Author Notes: Adapted from Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt, copyright (c) 2017. Published by Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. —Sarah Jampel

Makes two 9-inch cakes

  • Unsalted butter, for the pans
  • 4cups (480 grams) almond flour (sift it if there are lumps)
  • 3/4cup plus 2 tablespoons (70 grams) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 4eggs
  • 6tablespoons (75 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2cup firmly packed (90 grams) brown sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon sea salt
  • 2teaspoons apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2cups (360 milliliters) whole milk
  • 2/3cup (200 grams) raspberry, peach, strawberry, or apricot jam (optional)
  • 2 to 4teaspoons water
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Butter the sides of two 9-inch (23-centimeter) round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper cut to fit exactly.
  2. In a bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda and mix well, making sure that any lumps of almond flour are broken up.
  3. Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fi tted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt on high speed until very thick and pale in color, about 3 minutes. When you lift up the whisk, a ribbon of beaten eggs should trail back into the bowl.
  4. Whisk the vinegar and milk into the egg mixture. Pour the milk-egg mixture into the almond meal mixture and whisk until combined. Pour the batter into the cake pans. If the jam is too thick to drop off the spoon, slightly thin by stirring in the water.
  5. Evenly space dots of the jam over the tops of the cakes. Bake until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes.
  6. Set the pans on a cooling racks and let cool in the pans for 10 minutes. To unmold, run a butter knife around the sides of the pans to loosen the cakes, invert the cakes onto another rack, lift off the pans, and peel away the parchment. Place a serving plate over the bottom of one cake layer and turn the cake right-side up, top with half of the whipped cream. Place the second cake layer over the whipped cream. Top with the remaining whipped cream. Serve warm or at room temperature.