Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) – Julia Child

Julia Child’s Reine de Saba recipe; Moist chocolate cake with speckles of almonds throughout. Finish off with a dusting of powdered sugar, a strawberry and homemade whipped cream.

Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

This is an extremely unusual week. Normally the only time I make two desserts in the same week is over the holidays or for a special occasion. I blame the lovely Julie and JC100 for this sugar laden week. I’m not entirely complaining though because both desserts were tasty in their own ways. Thankfully they were completely different too!

Julia Child’s Reine de Saba or chocolate and almond cake is traditionally made in an 8″ round cake pan. I kind of have an obsession with mini desserts. They’re cute, fun and personalized portions, which is perfect because I hate slicing desserts for many reasons. My biggest gripe is when people ask for an itty bitty sliver. So as you can see… I made mini versions instead, six to be exact. They’re seriously the most perfect size.

Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

My only complaint with this recipe is that it’s a bit messy but to be fair, it was totally my own fault. Normally when I make baked goods that don’t require a wrapper or paper underneath, I spray with nonstick baking spray. To follow Julia’s instructions, for the first time, I buttered and dusted the pan. Instead of using flour, I used cocoa powder. This ensured that the cakes wouldn’t have white powdered edges. Nice and chocolatey brown, inside and out.

The tops all puffed into beautiful round domes, but I wanted flat cakes so I trimmed them down. The cakes were just moist with speckles of almonds throughout. Each were dusted with powdered sugar, topped off with a sliced strawberry and served with fresh homemade whipped cream. Nothing beats homemade whipped cream. I’m completely a convert.

Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Yield: Serves 6

Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake)

Ingredients:

4oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
2tbsp rum or coffee
1/2C butter, softened
2/3C sugar, plus 1 1/2 tbsp
3 eggs, divided
pinch of salt
1/3C almonds, chopped
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2C cake flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and dust desired cake pan with cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a double boiler over simmering water (or a small saucepan placed into simmering water), melt chocolate with rum or coffee.

Chop almonds in a food processor with 1/2 tbsp sugar. Blend until only fine pieces remain.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and 2/3 cup sugar. Add egg yolks. Scrape down sides as needed.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites and salt. When soft peaks form sprinkle with sugar and continuing beating until stiff peaks form.

Add melted chocolate to butter and yolk mixture. Gently stir in with a rubber spatula. Add almonds and extract.

Stir in 1/4 of the egg whites. Fold in 1/3 of the whites followed by 1/3 of the cake flour. Repeat until all egg whites and cake flour have been gently incorporated.

Add mixture to your prepared cake pan or pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. When done, the cake should have puffed up, the edges should be clean pierced with a cake tester and the center should be slightly oily.

Rest in pan for 5-10 minutes. Turn out on a cooling rack to cool completely.

When ready to serve. Trim domed tops if desired. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with optional strawberries and whipped cream.

Recipe source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

Celebrating 100 with Julia Child:
Week 1: Rolled omelette
Week 2: Chocolate mousse
Week 3: Coq au Vin
Week 4: Salade Niçoise
Week 5: Vichyssoise

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65 Responses to “Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) – Julia Child”

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 15, 2012 at 7:48 am

    no need to enter me in the giveaway, but i wanted to pop by + say how divine these mini cakes look. YUM!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I love how you mini-fied those cakes! Such perfect portions. The book is so cute too- a great idea! My favorite dessert? How could I choose?! Probably yellow birthday cake with buttercream…and sprinkles :)

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    katie — June 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

    oh my–this looks amazing. My favorite dessert is cheesecake!!!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I have a little obsession with mini desserts too. I love the presentation and I always use the excuse they are good for portion control too. The problem is I can’t eat just one. So much for portion control, lol! My favorite dessert are cupcakes. :)

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Tweeted. :)

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — June 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Your link above to Abrams Books on FB isn’t working. :) I found them and liked them. https://www.facebook.com/abramsbooks

    This is such a cute book. I’d love it for my kiddos! :)

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      Rachel — June 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Thanks for the heads up Jennifer – somehow my coding was messed up. All fixed! :)

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic mama — June 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    How fantastic are these?! Gorgeous. And what a great giveaway… I’d love to share that book with my kiddos. As for my favorite dessert… anything with sugar, butter, and flour. I can’t make my mind up today!

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    Amy J — June 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    These cakes sound so yummy! I have several favorite desserts, but cheesecake is always #1 :-)

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — June 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

    wow – they look just delectable!! YUM!

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    Rachael — June 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Lemon Meringue has to be my favorite – every time!

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    Rachael — June 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway here; https://twitter.com/LO_TS/status/213619734678216704

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    Rachael — June 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’m following you via twitter as @lo_ts

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    cassie — June 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Blondies!

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    cassie — June 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I like you on FB

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    cassie — June 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I follow abrams books on FB.

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    cassie — June 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

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    cassie — June 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I tweeted giveaway

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Gorgeous and I bet it tastes even better!

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    Laura @ An Uneducated Palate — June 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    LOVE your mini version!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love individual desserts, no sharing! And homemade whipped cream is definitely worth it :)

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    Christa Kelso — June 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Just found your blog. Those little chocolate almond cakes are ADORABLE! can’t wait to browse around some more :)
    Happy Baking

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh man, these babies look incredible! And what an awesome giveaway. My favorite dessert has to be Cheesecake Factory’s red velvet cheesecake. I know Lori over at Recipe Girl has an amazing recipe for that but I haven’t had a chance to make it. Until then, Cheesecake Factory is my heaven :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Already following you on twitter :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    And tweeted about the giveaway of course!

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    ButterYum — June 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi there – your mini cakes are perfect. May I ask who manufactured the muffin pan you used? I love that the sides are straight rather than angled.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    These little cakes look so perfect! I love your presentation. My favorite dessert? Really? Just one? Ok, maybe brownies.

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    SMITH BITES — June 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    these cakes look HEAVENLY Rachel – really, really lovely!! favorite dessert? hands down it’s pie – any kind of pie – hot or cold – breakfast, lunch, dinner – it’s pie!!

    btw – i collect children’s books and would absolutely LOVE to win this one!!!

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    Granny — June 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Love your mini-cakes! My all-time favorite dessert is a torte that I had when I lived in Germany. It had a chocolate layer on the bottom, an orange flavored cheese filling, a yellow layer, then the entire thing was frosted with whipped cream and decorated with mandarin orange segments. I cannot begin go tell you how downright luscious that was. I’ve dreamed about it for more than 40 years!

    BTW, thanks for letting me know about this book. My granddaughter will love this.

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    Samantha — June 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Anything chocolate will fit the bill for me, these little cakes look perfect!

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    abby — June 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    fudge!!!

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    abby — June 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    i liked baked by rachel on fb

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    abby — June 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i liked abrams books on fb

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    abby — June 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i shared this giveaway

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    Eva — June 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love mini desserts too! These look great! My favorite dessert would be tiramisu (:

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t know how i’d feel about doing that cocoa powder thing within the tins..i hate cocoa powder messes on the counter, but this is tricky cause that cake looks SO flippin’ good that it might be worthy enough to get a little cocoa powdah on the countahhh ;)

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    Danielle — June 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    My favorite dessert is creme brulee because it’s darn fun to make!

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

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    Carolsue — June 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I love that you made these into minis, yum!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love mini desserts. Portion control and adorableness! I’m not sure if I have just one favorite dessert because I have a huge sweet tooth. But I will say that I have a very hard time turning down key lime pie.

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    Catie — June 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

    My favorite dessert changes all the time, but right now it’s blueberry cheesecake!

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    Catie — June 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I like Baked by Rachel on Facebook.

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    Catie — June 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

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