Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe
Another cake from my childhood’s “sweet memories” list , I’d say this is an almost forgotten dessert and nowadays not too many people would make this cake. But I always like reviving old recipes, making them with my own approach, and if I’m happy with the results, the recipe finds a place on my blog.
As far as I remember, because I don’t have a written or saved old recipe, this wafer chocolate hazelnut cake was a combination of chopped nuts,butter, sugar and cocoa , mixed together over heat, and spread on wafer layers while still hot, then the cake needs to stay under heavy press to stick together .
My recipe is slightly different, but still the same good tasting outcome and looking very appetizing and chocolaty .
For the cake
5 x 9”diameter pre made wafer layers
100 Grams of unsalted butter ,cubed at room temperature
1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips (I also make this cake with milk chocolate chips)
½ Cup heavy cream
1 Cup toasted, finely chopped hazelnuts ,a few whole nuts can be saved to decorate the cake (other nuts can be used as well)
⅓ Cup Nutella spread (nutella can be optional if desired, it’s only to add extra flavour and creaminess to the filling)
2 Tbs rum (or bourbon, or cognac)
For the ganache
½ Cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ Cup heavy cream
10 Gram unsalted butter
1 Tsp vanilla extract
Start double boiler on a medium heat
In a heatproof bowl combine: butter and chocolate chips to melt, this should take a few minutes
Use a heatproof spatula to mix the mixture until it’s smooth,without lumps
In a separate bowl ,heat the cream and pour over the melted chocolate,mix to incorporate
Remove from the heat and add nutella, liqueur and chopped hazelnuts
Mix and start spreading the chocolate-nuts mixture on wafer layers
Be sure to do that while the mixture is still warm, if it cools down ,spreading will be harder
Microwave for a few seconds if needed
Leave the last layer plain
Place a flat tray on the cake and put a heavy press on top (weights or a teapot filled with water)
Let it stand an hour so that the layers can stick together
While the cake is resting start making the ganache
To make the ganache
In a microwave or using a double boiler, melt all the ingredients listed and pour over the cake
Decorate with the remaining nuts, drizzle with leftover ganache or decorate it at your taste
Slice and enjoy!