Chocolate Macaroon Cake

Chocolate lovers, brace yourself, this chocolate macaroon cake is outrageously delicious and not all that hard to make. This is not my recipe, but the first time I made it I knew it was a keeper and one I must share. This cake is part of BA’s Best, a collection of their essential recipes and it is just that–essential. I have lightly adapted the recipe, the original can be seen here.

This cake is truly a chocolate lover’s dream. I say that because you have a moist chocolate, coconut, and almond cake, with a rich, chocolate ganache frosting, topped with, wait for it…toasted coconut-almond clusters. I mean, what could be better than this? This cake is killer and what I’ll be making for Valentine’s Day this year. But what’s also wonderful about this cake is that it qualifies as Passover-friendly. Yes, it’s true. So, if you also happen to be Jewish, you can thank me for that little bonus as well.

chocolate macaroon cake

The true beauty of a cake like this is its simplicity. When it comes to baking, that means something. Although there are several steps to make this recipe, this is a single-layer cake that does not require trimming, and it can be easily frosted with minimal effort. The nut of choice here is almond, but truth be told, any kind of nut can work in this recipe, so go ahead and get creative, I think hazelnuts would be divine. The cluster topping is my ultimate favorite part of this recipe and helps the nutty coconut flavor shine.

chocolate macaroon cake

The Difference Between Ganache And Frosting

Ganache is much heavier than frosting, meaning, it has more cocoa solids and it’s not whipped. Frosting is lighter, and fluffy, and relies on the friction between butter and icing sugar (Confectioners’ sugar) to get a fluffy finish. Ganache is compact, and can even be poured several times, making for a very thick or thin coating. In this recipe, these two get combined to make a frosting using a ganache base. This technique makes for a very fluffy, rich chocolatey flavor.

chocolate macaroon cake

Coconut Macaroons In History

This chocolate macaroon cake is based on the famous macaroon cookie I adore.  The name “macaroon” comes from the Italian word “maccarone” which means “paste“. Originally made by Italian monks, these traditional macaroons were made from almond paste and egg whites, which gave the macaroons a meringue-like consistency, with a crisp crust and soft inside. Around 1530, macaroons made their way to France, where they were perfected and made popular.

The Jewish population in Italy was quick to adopt macaroons and make them their own. Macaroons’ absence of flour, yeast, baking powder, or baking soda made them ideal sweet treats for the 8-day observance of the Passover holiday. Over time, macaroons, plain and chocolate, spread throughout Europe’s Jewish community and became a treat that was enjoyed year-round. Eventually, shredded coconut was added to the ground almonds which eventually replaced the use of almonds altogether in many recipes.

So the real beauty of this delightful little cake is its versatility: (1) it is a great chocolate lover’s cake, so naturally a wonderful one for Valentine’s Day, (2) the ground almond replaces the need for flour so its actually considered gluten-free and (3) it’s absence of traditional leavening agents, makes it Passover friendly. So, no matter what your angle is, this cake has got you covered, and trust me, if you make it, I think you’ll thank me for it.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Chocolate Macaroon Cake"

  1. Avatar photo Barbara says:

    Made this for Passover this week.
    Have serious foodies in family.
    Also lactose intolerant people.
    Absolutely best food of the evening.

    1. Hi Barbara- What a lovely comment. Thank you for taking time to reach out, that means the world to me. I adore this recipe, it truly never disappoints. Happy Passover to you and your family.

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