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       Title: Apricot-Almond Chocolate Torte
  Categories: Cakes, Chocolate
       Yield: 16 servings
       3 c  All-purpose flour
       2 c  Sugar
     3/4 c  Unsweetened cocoa powder
       2 tb Baking soda
     1/2 ts Salt
       1 c  Water
       1 c  Cooled coffee
     2/3 c  Cooking oil
       1 ts Vanilla extract
            Filling and frosting:
     1/2 c  Margarine or butter; cut up
       6 oz Semisweet chocolate; cut up
       1 tb Light corn syrup
       1 c  Apricot preserves
       5 oz Almond paste (2/3 cup)
   Recipe by: From Better Homes & Gardens, December 1994.
   Grease and lightly flour two 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking
   pans, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir together
   flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add
   water, coffee, oil, and vanilla.  Beat with an electric
   mixer on low to medium speed just until combined.  Pour
   batter into prepared pans.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for
   35 minutes or until done.  Cool in pans on wire racks for
   10 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool completely on racks.
   Prepare frosting (glaze) by combining the margarine or
   butter in a saucepan with the semisweet chocolate and corn
   syrup.  Stir over low heat until melted.  Remove from heat.
    Let stand until glaze begins to thicken.
   Cut cake layers in half horizontally.  Place 1 layer on a
   platter and spread with 1/3 of the apricot preserves.
   Repeat 2 more times.  Top with the fourth cake layer.
   Place almond paste between 2 sheets of waxed paper; roll
   until thin (about a 9 inch diameter).  Remove top sheet of
   paper.  Place almond past atop cake, paper side up; remove
   paper.  Trim almond paste even with cake edge. Spread top
   and sides of cake with chocolate glaze (if glaze becomes
   too firm, stir in a few drops of hot water).
   If desired, garnish with chocolate curls (not included in
   ingredients list).
   Note:  Some apricot preserves have large chunks of
   apricots.  Cut these chunks into smaller pieces before
   using in this recipe.