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Published February 14, 2008 by
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 10-inch tube pan and dust lightly with flour. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Break the chocolate into small pieces and combine with the coffee in the top a double boiler. Place over hot water until melted; cool.Cream the butter. Gradually beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg yolk at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla and melted chocolate. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in the nuts. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the prepared pan; smooth the top with a spatula. Bake 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a cake rack 20 minutes before removing from pan. The cake may be served as is, cut in wedges, or split into as many layers as you like. Whipped cream or any filling may then be spread between the layers.