Chocolate Almond Ring Torte

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The cake:

1/2 cup (3 ounces) natural almonds

1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs

5 ounces (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter

5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon coffee liqueur or brewed coffee

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, separated

The gilded chocolate-glazed almonds:

1 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 cup (3 1/2 ounces/100 grams) natural or blanched sliced almonds, lightly toasted

-- Unsweetened cocoa powder

1 small sheet 23 karat gold leaf, optional (see Notes)

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