Meringue, Chocolate, and Kirsch Cream Layer Cake

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for greasing
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • 3 oz almonds or hazelnuts, toasted (see cooks' note, below), chopped, and finely ground in a food processor (3/4 cup)
  • 5 1/2 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon instant-coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch or Cognac

    • Garnish: grated bittersweet chocolate or chocolate curls

    Description

    Schwarzw?lder Torte Active Time: 30 Min Start To Finish: 4 Hr (includes Cooling Meringues)

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