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Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours
  18 servings
Sheet cakes are a potluck dream: the baking pan holds the cake and makes it wonderfully portable. This one is accompanied by an almond “cream” made from heavy cream and reduced-fat sour cream. Together, the cake and cream replicate the taste of Mexican chocolate with its undertones of almond and cinnamon. Or make cream cheese frosting and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover the cake and store at room temperature for up to 1 day. Cover and refrigerate the almond cream for up to 1 day.
For the Cake:
3 ounces  unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup  cake flour (see Ingredient note)
3/4 cup  whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons  baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons  ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon  salt
3   large eggs, at room temperature, separated
3/4 cup  granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup  packed light brown sugar
5 tablespoons  canola oil
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1 cup  1% milk
For Almond cream:
1/3 cup  heavy cream
3 tablespoons  confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup  reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon  amaretto or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon  ground cinnamon

Ingredient Note:  Cake flour is a less dense, low-gluten form of milled flour. If you can't find it, use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount used by 2 tablespoons per cup.
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To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray with flour. Alternatively, spray the pan with regular cooking spray, dust with flour and tap out the excess.

Melt chocolate in the microwave on Medium in 30-second bursts, stirring after each burst to ensure even melting, until completely melted. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot water, stirring constantly). Set aside.

Whisk cake flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Beat egg whites in a clean medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Beat the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil in a large bowl on medium speed until combined. Beat in egg yolks one at a time, then melted chocolate and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until combined.

Add 1/2 cup milk to the egg-yolk mixture, beating on low speed, then add half the flour mixture. Beat in the remaining 1/2 cup milk, then the remaining flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the whites with a spatula, using long, even strokes. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly to the edges.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.

To prepare almond cream: Beat cream and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture is the consistency of sour cream, about 1 minute. Add sour cream, amaretto (or almond extract), vanilla and cinnamon; beat to combine. Serve the cake with the almond cream.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   18 servings
Calories: 196
Fat. Total: 10g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 25g
Fat, Saturated: 4g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 44mg
Sodium: 151mg
% Cal. from Fat: 46%
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Rating: 3
by: Annie Reviewed: 01/31/2012
The batter is light and fluffy once you add the egg whites - probably the nicest looking batter I've made! But the lack of "fat" in the batter makes the cake quite dry and crumbly. Needs something moist and heavy to accompany it.
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