I really wanted to share this recipe with your guys before Christmas, but with all the holiday distractions I wasn’t able to finish this post for you. Either way, now you have this recipe and I think you’ll love it no matter what time of year it is.
This Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake is perfect for all of us chocolate lovers. It’s very rich, and has a deep chocolate and hazelnut flavor. The texture is dense, and overtime after it’s stored and chilled in the fridge the cake gets even more dense and the texture changes becoming more fudge-like.
As you can see from the recipe and video above, this is a flourless cake and I’m using hazelnuts to give it volume and texture. This cake is also free of white or refined sugars, and it’s sweetened with pure maple syrup, making it ideal for those of us following a Paleo and Gluten-free lifestyle.
If you love the combination of hazelnuts and chocolate like I do, you’re gonna really like this cake, so I hope you give it a try soon.
I’m looking forward to reading your comments and seeing your photos in the comments section below. Happy New year!! 🎉
- 2½ cups (375g) toasted and peeled hazelnuts*
- 6 ounces (170g) 100% dark chocolate
- ⅓ cup (64g) coconut oil, solid
- ⅓ cup (75g) full fat coconut milk (or heavy cream)
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (190g) maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon hazelnut extract (or hazelnut liqueur)
- 1 teaspoon ground vanilla bean powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- Chocolate Fudge Topping (click here for recipe)
- ⅓ cup hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare your pan by greasing the bottom and sides of a round or square 8-inch pan with coconut oil. Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper so the cake is easy to remove later.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a large bowl over simmering water (double boiler). After melted, stir in the coconut milk until combined. Remove bowl from the heat and stir in the maple syrup, hazelnut extract, vanilla, and salt.
- Using a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until finely ground. Then using a spatula, mix the meal with the chocolate mixture in the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a handheld or stand mixer for a couple of minutes until fluffy and they double in volume. Then using a spatula, gently mix the eggs into the chocolate/hazelnut mixture until everything is combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and wrap the sides of the pan with aluminum foil. Place the pan in a deep baking dish and fill it halfway with hot water. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be sure to not over bake it. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes then place it in a serving plate and top it with the Chocolate Fudge sauce and chopped hazelnuts. Store pie in the fridge - it will last for about 2 weeks.
- Vanilla extract, or the seeds from a fresh vanilla bean works as well in place of the ground vanilla powder.
- Be sure to finely grind your hazelnuts or your cake will crumble after baked.