We were given this recipe by our friend Anne Marie Geldart, and when we asked her who Mrs. Finkelstein was, she said she didn’t know. She received the recipe from her mother, and her mother didn’t know. We have not solved the mystery of Mrs. Finkelstein, but whoever she is, she sure makes a great cake!
SWEET TIP: We suggest that you treat cake batters gently when using egg whites as part of the leavening so that the air from the beaten egg whites in the batters doesn’t deflate. That’s why we gently shake the pan filled with batter rather than tap it on the counter to remove air bubbles.
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- 1 (10-inch) tube cake; 16 slicesServings
- 3 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup chocolate syrup
- 2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- ¼ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1. Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch tube pan with vegetable oil spray or butter. Dust the pan with flour and tap the pan to remove the excess flour.
2. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
3. Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip until they form soft peaks. Set aside. If you don’t have a second mixer bowl, transfer the egg whites to another bowl and set aside. The cake comes together quickly, so the beaten egg whites will not have time to deflate.
4. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream until combined. Add the egg yolks one at a time, and combine. Add the vanilla and beat in.
5. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk to the creamed mixture and combine. Fold in the egg whites, and spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. Gently shake the half-filled pan to evenly distribute the batter. Add the chocolate syrup to the batter remaining in the mixer bowl and fold in to combine.
6. Spoon the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter in the pan and smooth the batter with a spatula. Do not mix the batters. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate and chopped walnuts over the top of the batter. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a metal tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
7. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool for 25 minutes. Run a butter knife gently around the edges and tube of the pan and invert the cake onto a second rack. Turn the cake right side up onto the first rack. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing. Any leftover cake can be stored, covered with wax paper, at room temperature, or stored in a cake keeper.