Monday, May 12, 2008

Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

I think a love for chocolate and hazelnut must have be programmed into the Italian DNA and when I first saw this recipe in the April edition of Taste Italia I just had to make it.

It may have been originally intended as a substitute for Easter eggs but it works equally well as an alternative to boxed chocolate for Mother's Day too.

chocolate and hazelnut cake


Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

180 grams butter, cut into cubes and softened
120 grams caster sugar
5 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
120 grams 00 plain flour
60 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
180 grams chopped roasted hazelnuts
icing sugar, for dusting


Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa together into a bowl.

Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla extract and 1 egg and continue beating until the egg has been incorporated.

Add the second egg and when it has been incorporated add 2 tablespoons of the sifted flour mixture.

Continue adding the remaining eggs, one at a time and when all have been added, fold the flour through the batter with a metal spoon.

Finally stir the hazelnuts through the mix and then pour into a buttered and floured 20cm/8inch cake pan.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for 40-50 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Let it cool in the tin before removing.

Sift over with icing sugar and serve.

chocolate and hazelnut cake


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15 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful! How much flour?

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  2. Doh! I've added it now, Thanks Bean!

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  3. That looks great--chocolate and hazelnuts are such a perfect flavor combination!

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  4. in the greek DNA too, definately!:)
    happy mother's day, with a bit of a delay:)

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  5. this looks amazing!!! i would die for just one bite!

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  6. This looks soooo good. I've never had it before.

    Paz

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  7. Mmm looks absoultely yummy!

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  8. Looks like a perfect afternoon tea-cake! I will have to try and make this one very soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. love love love chocolate and hazelnut and hazelnut together. i've always heard that you can tell a real italian because they'll always order nocciola gelato at the gelateria (which i do).

    i wish i could have some of thie cake for breakfast tomorrow morning.

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  10. This looks like a heavenly dessert. Cut a slice...and I'll have the rest of the cake, please. Yum!

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  11. Thanks Ricki!

    Thanks Heart - they are impossible tastes to resist!

    Thanks Mel!

    Oh Paz - you'll have to try making it!

    Thanks Chriesi!

    Thanks Nic - hope you enjoy it.

    Hi Michelle - i'm split between the hazelnut and the pistachio gelato

    Thanks Mike!

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  12. I have yet to bake with hazelnut! This is a very beautiful and moist looking cake :).

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  13. This looks like a wonderful combination of flavors. And it looks moist and kind of dense. I want a slice!

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  14. Thanks Sophie - hope you get to enjoy hazelnuts soon!

    Thanks We!

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  15. I think so too. I have hazelnut coffee in the morning and every once in a while, Nutella on a spoon. Oh Lawd, I just love it.

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