Almond Praline Cake with Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • Almond cake:
    • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 3 7-ounce packages almond paste,* crumbled into 1-inch pieces
    • 7 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 teaspoons almond extract

    Almond praline:
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 cups whole almonds, toasted

    Mascarpone frosting:
    • 1 1/2 8-ounce containers mascarpone cheese**
    • 1 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Chocolate bark:
    • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

    • *Available in the baking section of most supermarkets and at specialty foods stores.
    • **Italian cream cheese; available at many supermarkets and Italian markets.

    Description

    This Big-deal Cake Can Be Made A Day Ahead.

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