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Flourless Choco Hazelnut Cake




This is a flourless nutty choco cake but it's baked this time.  The substitute for flour is hazelnut meal or ground hazelnut and this cake is indeed delicious, full of nutty flavour and light.  Half the cake was finished after it was baked and I kept the remaining portion in an airtight container in the fridge.  I had to as the weather is super hot these days.  It stayed fresh even after two days.














Can you guess what's on top of the cake besides icing sugar?  I didn't have any strawberries or other berries on hand,  so I just cut up some Rowntrees fruit pastilles and put them in the centre for decor ...... not a bad idea, at least it helps to bring out some colour.


This piece is without the fruit pastilles, looks alright too on its own!  Believe me this is indeed yummy and you definitely can't stop at one ........ stretch for another!

Ingredients
  • 250 gm dark cooking chocolate
  • 105 gm butter, chopped
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 70 gm vanilla sugar
  • 180 gm hazelnut meal (ground hazelnut)
  • 1.1/2  tsp vanilla
  • 2  tsp sugar to be added to the egg whites
  • Icing sugar for decoration   (optional)
Method
  1. Grease an 8 inch springform cake pan with butter and line the base with baking paper.  Set aside.
  2. Break up the chocolate, add in the butter, vanilla, stir under low heat till melted and smooth.  Remove and let cool.
  3. Beat egg yolks with sugar till light, creamy and thick.  Gradually add in the choc mixture, beat on low speed till just combined.  Stir in the ground hazlenut, mix well, scraping from the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.  (The mixture tends to be a bit stiff at this juncture).
  4. Beat egg whites till foamy, add in the sugar and continue beating till stiff but  not  dry.
  5. Fold in the egg whites into the choc mixture in three batches.  Mix well till fully incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, levelling the top.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 degC for 50 to 55 mins., till tested with a skewer and it comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 5 mins., unmould the cake and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Dust with  some icing sugar to decorate if desired.



I'm submitting this post to  Aspiring Bakers #7 -  Chocolate Delight (May 2011) hosted by
DG  of  Tested and Tasted


Comments

  1. wow ... another great cake. I have a lot to catch up on my baking. Salivating liao ...

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  2. I have plenty of almond crumbs left over from making macarons...I could try this:) definitely looks moist!

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  3. good to have a slice of this yummy cake with a cup coffee. Happy weekend ahead, Cheah!

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  4. cheah, i've seen this kind of flourless cake in some of my recipe books and yours look so much better! looks so moist to me!

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  5. Yummy Bakes
    Thanks! Never mind, practise makes perfect.

    j3ss kitch3n
    Thank you!

    Jeannie
    Oh yes, you can use almond meal too, bet you'll love it!

    Sonia
    Thank you. You have a great weekend with your family too!

    Lena
    It's moist, light and not too sweet. This recipe is a keeper for sure!

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I must bookmark for this. Thanks for sharing Cheah!

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  7. I love your chocolate cake, and this looks chocolatey and moist! Perfect decorated with icing sugar & fruit pastilles :)

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  8. Anncoo
    You are most welcome!

    DG
    Thanks. Yes it's moist, chocolatey, nutty and yummy! Lazy man's way of cake decorating!

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  9. Next time bring some out for the "taster" ME! hahaha...

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  10. I like flourless cakes, so soft and moist!

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  11. Cheah, I have no doubt. This is a very delicious cake. Just imagine the hazelnuts all over your mouth. Hmmm..mm... Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. I'm still sick but have to visit. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch with all. ha...
    Regards, Kristy

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  12. Great idea in adding the fruit pastilles... does bring out the colour more.

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  13. Claire
    No problem, just remind!

    pigpigscorner
    Yes, and it's light!

    Kristy
    Hope you'll recover soon! You just relax and get plenty of rest!

    Penny
    Yes, I just make do with whatever I have!

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  14. Cheah, I have never bake a flourless cake before. Not that I have baked a lot of cakes:D I have bookmarked your recipe. Many thanks!

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  15. Quay Po Cooks
    You are most welcome. It was my first attempt too and no regrets!

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  16. I had tried the Hazelnut Chocolate recipe, is yummy.. :)

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  17. Hi Anonymous
    Glad to know that you've tried this recipe and like it.

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