Chocolate Mandarin Extravagance Torte
Very rich and best for a large seder crowd (although recipe can be halved easily and made in a 8 inch springform pan), this is sophisticated decadence.
2 cups (one pound) unsalted Passover margarine or unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Passover vanilla sugar, optional
1 cup fresh orange juice
16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 eggs, room temperature
zest of one large orange or two medium mandarins, in shreds
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or Passover margarine
Mandarin Orange Segments,
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line bottom of a ten inch springform with parchment paper.
In a heavy saucepan over low heat or using a double boiler, melt chocolate, butter or margarine and orange juice together, mixing well every once in a while to combine. Remove from stove and add chocolate, stirring to melt. Cool chocolate mixture very well before using.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the eggs with sugar, and vanilla sugar for 10 minutes on high speed. Whisk in cooled, melted chocolate into egg mixture until thoroughly incorporated (mixture will deflate but that is fine).
Fold in orange zest.
Place springform pan on a cookie sheet (in case there are drips or leaks) in oven and reduce heat to 325 F. Bake 55-60 minutes until cake is done. Cake is baked when top has a slight crust and seems set. Cake may rise and fall but that is fine.
Refrigerate several hours. Dust with cocoa and garnish with mandarin segments or simply dust with cocoa and garnish with thin shreds of orange or mandarin zest.
Glaze: Melt chocolate chips with butter or margarine in a double boiler. Stir to melt evenly. Cool, then pour over chilled cake before serving and distribute some fresh raspberries on top when glaze sets.
For fancier garnishing, I dip the drained, dried, mandarin orange segments in warmed apricot jam or paint it on segments already on cake. It gives them a slightly shiny, more finished look on the cake.