Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
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Serves: 4
 
Perfect for any occasion, this is quick and easy to make and maximizes both the chocolate and hazelnut flavours intensely.
Ingredients
Cake
  • 250g whole toasted hazelnuts
  • 200g butter, cubed
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 6 medium eggs, separated
  • 200g sugar
  • 3 tbsp frangelico or hazelnut liquor (optional)
Topping
  • 200g Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Coarsely chop a handful of toasted hazelnuts and set aside. Pulse the rest in a food processor until they look like breadcrumbs. You will have some chunkier pieces left, which just enhances the texture of your cake
  3. Break dark chocolate up into smaller pieces with cubed butter in a bowl and place over barely simmering water to melt. Remove from heat.
  4. Add ground hazelnuts and stir to combine. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Whip egg yolks and sugar in a stand mixer until pale, creamy and you can lift the whisk from the bowl and the batter leaves a ribbon trail that doesn’t collapse. Whisk in chocolate and liquor until combined
  6. Clean whisk and whip egg whites until stiff peak
  7. Fold in ⅓ of the batter vigorously into the chocolate mixture to lighten the batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  8. Pour the batter into a greased and parchment lined 9? springform or cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. Remove from pan and peel off parchment. Leave to cool completely.
  10. Gently warm the chocolate hazelnut spread so that it is easily spreadable on the cake. Sprinkle with remaining chopped hazelnuts.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/chocolate-hazelnut-cake-recipe/