Tuesday, July 26, 2011

HCB - Jancsi Torte

While the Heavenly Cake Bakers baked the No-Bake Whipped Cream Cheesecake this week, I decided to go a different route. For this week's bake sale at work, I wanted to add a flourless (and gluten-free) option to the array of other goodies I had already baked. Rose's Jancsi Torte was the answer! I subbed almonds for the walnuts and presto!

I baked it in a tube pan
P.S.: the final tally is still TBD but so far it looks like we raised $600 at the bake sale, benefiting Susan G. Komen For The Cure. YES!!! :o)

Here are some step-by-step pictures:

This was the first time I used both of my KitchenAids at the same time :o)

Folde the finely ground nuts and chocolate into the egg yolk mixture

After the beaten egg whites are folded into the egg yolk/nut/chocolate mixture, it's scooped into the tube pan

Right after I took it out of the oven (it sank very shortly afterwards - as expected)

A picture of the inside taken with my phone at the bake sale today. Huge hit!
The cake was a big hit at the bake sale. It was enjoyed by those gluten-intolerant and those who weren't. One person, who initially bought a few slices for their gluten-intolerant spouse, even claiming it to be the best cake they ever had, and stopping by for more a short while later (probably to take it home, for real this time) :o)

What I loved the most about this cake is the wonderful flavor from the toasted almonds that came through really well. It paired really well with the dark chocolate pieces in the cake. I also loved how moist the cake was. One thing that surprised me was that the cake was both dense and spongy. Really hard to explain :o) You'll have to try it yourself to find out.

Final thoughts/tips:
  • I saved a slice of cake for hubby but he hasn't had a chance to try it yet.
  • Changes I made to the recipe are: subbed almonds for the walnuts, and added ~1/2 tsp table salt. Instead of baking the cake in a 9"x3" round pan, I used a tube pan. I was really hoping that the tube pan would provide more support to the center of the cake than a round pan so I could avoid the (expected) sinking. Alas... no such luck.


  1. I love it! I'm so glad you subbed for almonds so you could try it. Using the tube pan is a great idea--it doesn't look like it sunk too much.

    Congrats for a successful bake sale!

  2. Yay you finally tried it with almonds. It looks great. Good to know this works in a tube pan.

  3. Looks delicious! And two KitchenAids...drool :)


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