Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone and Praline

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • + 9 more ingredients
    • 1/3 cup buttermilk
    • ½ cup hazelnuts
    • 18 tablespoons sugar
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
    • 3 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
    • 1 large egg
    • 2/3 cup water
    • ¼ cup water
    • ½ cup whole blanched almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a baking pan toast nuts in one layer in middle of oven 10 minutes, or until almonds are lightly colored and hazelnut skins are blistered. Wrap nuts in a kitchen towel and let steam 1 minute. Rub nuts in towel to remove any loose hazelnut skins (do not worry about skins t...

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