Friday, September 25, 2009

Chef Chuck's Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Torta alle Nocciole

Chocolate hazelnut cake is a divine recipe so chocolaty and creamy. The combination of the hazelnuts and chocolate is one of my favorites.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
11 tablespoons butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar
4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup flour, sifted
2 teaspoons yeast
3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted

and finely chopped

1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
pinch of salt

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Ganache Frosting

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate

1/4 cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, set aside. Toast hazelnuts in a small pan on low for about 5 minutes, in a food processor chop nuts till fine. In a mixer beat butter and sugar on high for 3 minutes. Lower mixer and add yolks one at a time, sift flour and yeast together add to batter. Mix hazelnuts and melted chocolate together, pour in batter. In a separate bowl beat egg whites with a pinch of salt till stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into batter till all is incorporated. Pour into a buttered and floured 8 inch pan, bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool on rack, remove from pan and cut in half. When cake is completely cooled prepare whip cream. Use a cold mixing bowl, add cream and beat 30 seconds then add vanilla and sugar whisk till firm peaks. Spread on one layer and place other half of cake on top. Melt chocolate and heavy cream over a double boiler, stirring occasionally, till melted, cool a few minutes. Pour frosting on cake and spread, refrigerate cake.


  1. Oh wow! That looks awesome! You had me at chocolate!

  2. What a grand & divine autumnly filled cake!!

    Look at that georgous cake!!!!

  3. Hi Michele, I am a strong lover of Chocolate!!
    Thank You :)

  4. Hi Sophie, You are divine!! Thank You:)

  5. This is a special occasion cake to be sure - love the hazelnuts addition, the cream filling and the ganache frosting. all around yum.

  6. nice! now this is a little bit of heaven! love the thickness of the filling.

  7. Hello Ciao Chow Linda, Yes, the problem is that I have to many special occasion!! Thank You :)

  8. Hi Dawn, Chocolate heaven it is!! The cream filling seemed to be the right amount for the cake. This cake reminds me when I was young we had creamed filled Devil Dogs in the stores!! Yumm..... Thank You :)

  9. OOHHH this looks AMAZING!! I like it!
    I'm such a sucker for chocolate and hazelnut! gotta love the cream filling!

  10. This looks fantastic... especially with that fresh cream in the center! My grandma used to make a cake just like this... MMMMmmm... Memories :-)

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  12. Hello Ash, Hope all is well! Glad you like! Me to I am totally addicted to this blend, Chocolate/hazelnut !!
    Take care, thank you :)

  13. Hello Peter, I always love when foods bring back sweet memories!! Thank You :)

  14. Oh my. When I opened your page and the pic came up and then the words Chocolate and Hazelnut, I actually said out loud "oh my gosh." I am not a even a huge sweets person but this looks beautiful.

  15. Hello Live.Love.Eat, Yes the blend is very delicious! You must try :) Thank You!