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Sandra’s famous Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

CHC on standThis is as good as cake gets! A rich amalgamation of chocolate and nuts, it’s never cloying and never dry and the chewy nutty texture prolongs the chocolatey sensory pleasure.

The recipe for my famous chocolate hazelnut cake has been a closely guarded secret for thirty years. My cake has had pride of place at birthdays, weddings, christenings and other milestone celebrations. Guests of honour have cut my cake and made a ritual wish over my cake, ordinary every day people, people in high places and celebrities. My cake has even been the subject of a minor intellectual property dispute. Yes, it really is mine, and the time has come to share.

I have to thank my faulty memory for the evolution of this luscious cake. Relying on my memory I made it over and over again, it was always delicious………then I noticed how the ingredients and their quantities had deviated from that original recipe. Fortuitous indeed!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake is an elegant celebration cake when glazed with chocolate ganache and topped with a rosette of whole hazelnuts. It cuts without crumbling. For the best results, make the cake the day before serving.

For a 20cm cake, to serve 12:

180g butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup castor sugar

4 eggs at room temperature, separated

180g good quality dark chocolate, chopped

180g raw hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Grease a 20cm round springform cake pan and like with baking paper.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of hot water. Cool slightly.

Grind the hazelnuts, skin on, in the food processor. You need a medium to fine grade meal.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then stir in the melted chocolate and the hazelnut meal.

Whisk the egg whites into soft peaks. Fold  1/3 of the egg white into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then fold in the remaining 2/3.

Lightly tip the cake batter into the cake tin. Gently spread it to the edges and smooth the top.

Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until the cake is set in the middle.

Cool the cake in the tin, then coat with ganache.


250g dark chocolate

200mls cream

In a small saucepan bring the cream to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir gently until the ganache is smooth and glossy.

Put the cold cake on a sheet of baking on a plate or flat tray. Pour the ganache over the cake, spread to the edge and over the sides. Place whole hazelnuts, point up, in an evenly spaced circle around the outside edge of the top of the cake. Allow the ganache to set.

 To serve, cut with a hot knife

CHC ganache ingreds



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

8 comments on “Sandra’s famous Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

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  5. marymtf
    December 12, 2012

    Are you sick of hearing, yumm, yumm, Sandra? Never mind if you are,yumm, yumm. I am building up a collection of luscious Sandra recipes on my desktop so that I can quickly print and use when I am able to.
    I can read between those lines, but one of these days I’m going ask you to dish the dirt on that ‘minor intellectual property dispute.’ In the mean time, yumm, yumm. 🙂


  6. ladyredspecs
    December 10, 2012

    Thanks, it’s a great cake! 😀


  7. chef mimi
    December 9, 2012

    Oh my, that looks so good!


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This entry was posted on December 9, 2012 by in Baking, Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Gluten free baking and tagged , , .
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