24
Nov
2014
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Chocolate and hazelnut cake

chocolate and hazelnut cake

I really do love chocolate. White or dark, cake or biscuit, if there’s a choice, I will always pick the chocolate one. So when Sainsbury’s set me a challenge to make something with leftover chocolate for their Christmas campaign, I was brimming with ideas and the cake you see in these pictures won out.

This chocolate and hazelnut cake is a traditional Italian recipe. It’s not a moist and gooey sort of chocolate cake, it’s got a much nuttier consistency and we all know how well chocolate and hazelnuts go together. I will warn you in advance, if you do make this cake, if you’re anything like this I’m pretty sure you’ll find it impossible to have just one slice.

To make this cake you’ll need:

  • 200g of plain flour
  • 250g of icing sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 200g of softened unsalted butter
  • 150g chopped hazelnuts
  • 150g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 35g of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of Nutella
  • 5 free range eggs, separated
1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease and line a 26cm cake tin.

2. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter and then add one egg yolk at a time, and beat the mixture well after the addition of each yolk.

3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, chocolate, hazelnuts and Nutella to the sugar, butter and egg yolk mixture. Combine until all the ingredients are mixed together.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Now, fold the egg whites into the rest of the cake mixture. Once combined, pour into the cake tin and bake for 40 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool in the tin for five minutes before turning out and cooling on a wire rack. Finally, once the cake has cooled completely, dust with icing sugar before serving.

You can serve this cake on its own, with a side of cream or some fruit coulis. However you choose to serve it, it’s guaranteed to taste delicious.

What’s your favourite kind of chocolate cake?

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  • Lisa

    Wow. Just wow. Sounds kind of like it would taste like a Nutella cake!x

  • chiara

    You’re not wrong Lisa :-)

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    Ugh… it was a bad idea to look at this post on an empty stomach x.x

    • chiara

      This made me laugh Gianni. I hope you got some cake in the end!x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com Holly Hollyson

    Favourite kind of choc cake?! Ummm, any!!! That looks really nice. Beautiful pictures too x

    • chiara

      Thanks Holly! I’m with you, anything that’s got chocolate in it does it for me!x

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ em

    Oh my. This looks so good! I think it’ll have to go on my ‘to make’ list!
    And yes – always pick the chocolate option – unless there is lemon! then I’d always go lemon!

    • chiara

      If you make it I hope you like it Em!x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    Any kind of chocolate cake is my favorite! This one looks SOOOOO good!

    • chiara

      Thanks Jessica!x

  • http://oddlylovely.com Cat

    Oh yum. Chocolate and hazelnuts is one of my favorite combos ever and part of the reason for my undying love for Nutella. What a beautiful cake stand as well!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

    • chiara

      Thanks Cat! I absolutely adore Nutella too x

  • http://www.fromthedeskofj.blogspot.com Jenny

    Oh my, looks delicious! I have yet to get out of baking cakes from a box, but this looks so good I may have to step out of my comfort zone!!

  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    Yumm!!! This looks amazing!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Thanks Melanie!x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Sounds delicious! xx

    • chiara

      Thanks Amanda!x

  • http://www.californienne.com Marianne

    Oh my goodness this sounds incredible. Like nutella baked into cake form. I love chocolate, I might try this sometime :)

    • chiara

      It is almost like Nutella baked into cake form Marianne. If you make it I hope you like it x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    Oh wow, oh wow, OH WOW.