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Chocolate-Almond Upside-Down Cake

This recipe by chef Gale Gand is one of my all-time favorite chocolate cake recipes, for a number of reasons. That it's dense, moist, and satisfyingly chocolatey is reason enough to love this cake, but it's really the topping of toasted almond slivers, caramelized in butter, brown sugar, and honey, that seals the deal. It's the easiest caramel I've ever made; you just add the ingredients for the topping together at the bottom of the pan, cover with cake batter, bake, and there you have it—perfect caramel and nuts, melting into chocolate cake. No decorating required.

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