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Chocolate cake has always been the number one on my list of favorite cakes, it’s the best for every occasion, no doubt about that. I can make up a lot of reasons for a celebration chocolate cake, although I don’t think anyone should need one. This cake has many faces: a little gooey like a brownie but not dense, not very sweet… find it out yourself. The flavors of the roasted hazelnuts, three kinds of chocolate and coffee are coming together very well, they complete each other. The instant coffee is more a seasoning and not overwhelming, add more if you like.
chocolate hazelnut cake with ganache
This cakes keeps moist and well for several days.
200 g / 1 stick + 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
60 g / 2.1 oz. 85 % chocolate
110 g / 3.88 oz. milk chocolate
6 large eggs separated
200 g / 1 cup sugar
200 g / 7.06 oz hazelnuts, roasted and finely ground
2.5 tablespoons natural cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons corn starch (or potato starch)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
Preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F and grease a 26 cm / 9 inch spring form.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in your microwave oven, add the butter and stir. The warm chocolate will melt the butter and cool a little bit at the same time, set aside.
Beat the egg yolks and the sugar until pale, takes about 3-5 minutes.
Add the cooled chocolate/butter and mix. Then add the ground hazelnuts, cocoa powder, starch, salt, coffee and mix again.
Beat the egg whites until you got stiff and firm peaks.
Add 1/3 of the beaten egg whites to your batter and fold in with a spoon or rubber spatula, continue adding a 1/3 of the egg whites at a time.
Pour into the springform pan and bake for about 35 minutes, don’t over bake.
Remove the sides of the springform pan and let cool completely before you apply the ganache.
For the ganache:
This is the minimum amount of ganache, just enough to spread evenly all over the cake. Double if you like a thicker layer.
50 g / 1.79 oz. dark chocolate ( I used 70 %)
50 g / 1/4 cup heavy cream
In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the heavy cream to simmer, add the chocolate. Stir well until smooth and let cool to room temperature before spreading over the cake.