Nutty Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Nutty Chocolate Cake Recipe

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I got the idea for this incredibly easy yet impressive holiday dessert from a magazine. It is now a family favorite—and has been for the last 15 years! It is absolutely gorgeous on my buffet.—Linda DuVal, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 490 calories, 33g fat (14g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Prepare and bake cakes according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat almond paste and butter until smooth. Gradually beat in cream until fluffy. Cut each cake horizontally in half; spread filling over bottom layers. Replace top layers.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in sour cream and salt. Spread over the top of each cake. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 cakes (8 servings each).
Originally published as Nutty Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p81

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lvarner User ID: 35803 230581
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Yummy! I just love the almond filling. It is so good! I often make the cake layers ahead of time and freeze, then just take them out on the day I want to finish up the cake. It's so impressive looking and is wonderful too served with fresh raspberries or fresh sliced strawberries."

kmat95 User ID: 3153837 175068
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I can't believe how easy this recipe was to make. I just made one big cake with each cake being a layer. The filling was absolutely delicious & my kids were loving all the different tastes. This was my first layer cake, I'm more of a cook than a baker, & I enjoyed making it. A simple recipe with a huge impact of decadent scrumptiousness!!! If you're an almond lover like I am, the mix of chocolate with the almond filling is out of this world. It pairs wonderfully together. We ate it with a side of rocky road ice cream for my daughters 11th birthday. No store bought cake could compare to the smiles & raves my birthday girl made about this cake. Thank you so much for sharing."

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