a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat
to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake
pan. Line it with a round of parchment paper
or buttered wax paper.
bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl. Combine
coffee and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan.
Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar
is completely dissolved. Pour hot sugar syrup
over the chocolate, and stir until melted and
butter and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a the bowl
of an electric mixer and beat at high speed
for 2 minutes, or until well combined and smooth.
Add eggs one at a time, beating until each is
incorporated. Continue beating, scraping down
the sides of the bowl if necessary, until light
and fluffy, about 5 more minutes. With the mixer
on its lowest setting, or using a rubber spatula,
gradually beat or fold in chocolate syrup. Beat
or fold in nuts and bread crumbs.
a dry bowl, combine egg whites and salt and
whisk until soft peaks form. Sprinkle on the
remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and whisk until the
peaks stiffen to the consistency of shaving
cream. Fold one third of the egg whites into
the chocolate mixture, then gently, but thoroughly,
fold in the remaining whites. Spread the batter
in the prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or
until the top is springy to the touch and a
cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan
on a wire rack.
the cake out onto a wire rack. Pour the Ganache
over it and, using as few strokes as possible,
frost the cake. Scatter the Ibarra chocolate
over the top of the cake, then use a fine strainer
to sprinkle the gold dust over it.
dust is available at cake decorating shops.
oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 C. heavy cream
chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan,
bring cream to a scald over medium heat. Pour
the hot cream over the chocolate. Working from
the center out, gently stir to melt and blend
until smooth. Let the Ganache sit until slightly
thickened, about 10 minutes. It should be spreadable,
but still pourable. If the Ganache doesn't have
a smooth patina, blend in a few drops of cold
heavy cream. A matte finish will dry to a mirror
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