~Almond Cake~10 ounces butter, soft, plus more for the pan
1¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs
2 teaspoons finely grated zest of orange
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 cups almond flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (we used chopped bitter sweet baking bar)
½ cup sliced blanched almonds, lightly toasted (we did not have these so we did not do this)
You will need a 10-inch springform pan and an electric mixer with paddle attachment. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of the springform pan. Arrange a rack in the center of the oven, and heat to 350 degrees. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
In the mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. On medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing each in thoroughly before adding the next; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the lemon zest and almond extract, then raise the speed to high and beat the batter until very light, a minute or more.
On low speed, mix in half of the sifted flour mixture, beating just until it is incorporated; beat in half the almond flour. Scrape the bowl, and mix in the remaining all-purpose flour and remaining almond flour. Beat briefly on medium to a smooth batter, then, again on low speed, mix in the chocolate chips just until evenly distributed.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and spread it in an even layer. Scatter the sliced almonds all over the top. Bake the torta for 45 minutes-rotating the pan halfway through the baking time-or until the cake is golden brown on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run the blade of a paring knife around the edge of the cake, then open the spring and remove the side ring. Cool the cake completely before serving. Cut it in wedges, and dust with confectioners' sugar or accompany with whipped cream, ice cream, or zabaglione.