Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    1 hour 10 minutes

    A beautiful rich chocolate cake recipe, originally Norwegian. The hazelnuts complement the chocolate perfectly.

    24 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 3/4 cup hazelnuts
    • 125g butter
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) thickened cream
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease the bottom of one 23cm springform pan.
    2. Reserve 8 whole nuts for garnish. Pulse the remaining nuts in a food processor until ground and reserve 1 tablespoon of ground nuts for garnish.
    3. Melt margarine or butter in a small saucepan over low heat, cool.
    4. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence until thick and lemon coloured (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add flour, baking powder, salt and ground nuts, mix well. Continue to beat mixture while slowly adding the cooled melted butter or margarine until blended (mixture will be thick). Spread batter into prepared pan.
    5. Bake at 180 degrees C for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove sides of pan. Remove pan bottom and invert onto a serving plate. Cover with a cloth towel and cool for another 30 minutes before glazing.
    6. To Make Glaze: In a medium saucepan bring whipping cream just to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence. Spread glaze over top of cooled cake, allowing it to run down the sides. Sprinkle reserved ground nuts around top edge and arrange whole nuts over ground nuts. Enjoy!

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    I made this cake for my husband's birthday, and he rated it as better than German chocolate, which has been his favorite since I have known him! Thanks for the new and interesting recipe. I will make it again!  -  06 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow! I can not believe more members and visitors to have not tried this keeper. I found it easy to make, great looking and great tasting. The chocolate glaze compliments this nicely nutty cake in such a pretty way that it makes it wonderful for entertaining.  -  17 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    One of the best, quickest and child friendliest recipes ever. My kids and me loved it, we just ate it in 2 hours, this says a lot, they usually dont like sweet stuff. The kids I babysit love it too.  -  09 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)