This moist, fine-crumbed cake was originally created for a birthday celebration, fulfilling the vague request for something featuring almonds and chocolate. Delivering a truly decadent double decker tower on the day of the event, little did I know what fame and glory lay ahead of this sweet smash hit. Rapidly evolving into a single, daintier round fit for a bite of indulgence any day of the week, it became a staple at Nourish Café, where I baked in San Francisco for almost two years. Now one of my signature desserts, it’s simpler to whip together on a whim, dare I say “healthier,” and still every bit as delicious. Hundreds of cakes later, I can confidently say that it will not disappoint on any occasion.