Monday, November 15, 2010

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

I would like to thank all of you who left sincere comments on last Friday's post!  It meant a lot to me that you all took the time to read that story, and it was a relief, on my behalf, to get that out.  So thank you guys!  And I promise not to have any sad or depressing stories any time soon! 

I figured I'd start the week off with something different and sweet.  I was so excited to find Hazelnuts (I've never been able to notice them or find them when I need them!) last weekend at Whole Foods, that I decided to splurge and get some!  I mean, they were only $1.99 for a big bag so I couldn't resist! 

I saw this chocolate layer cake, better known as a Dobos Torte or Hungarian cake, floating around the internet and decided to give it a go with my hazelnut spin!

Adapted from Cafe Nilson's recipe & My Life In Cookieland's recipe

Cake Layers:

1 & 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg

3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons sour cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons roasted hazelnuts, grated

Chocolate Kahlua Cream Filling:

4 cups of milk
1/2 cup flour
1 & 1/2 cups sugar 
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup milk chocolate chunks
1 & 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1 & 1/2 tablespoons  of kahlua
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:

 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/4 cup milk chocolate chunks
1/2 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.

To make the cake layers:
  In a medium bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.  Beat in the butter until soft peaks form, then add sugar, eggs, sour cream and milk.  Fold in grated hazelnuts.  Spread the batter onto a greased small-rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Set aside to cool completely.
To prepare cream:  Place 3 cups of milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.   In a medium bowl, mix the remaining 1 cup milk, flour, and sugar.  When the milk in saucepan starts to boil, add the flour mixture and stir well until thickened, about 5 minutes or so.  Remove the cream from heat and stir in both chocolates, vanilla, and Kahlua.   Set aside.

To make chocolate glaze:  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all of the chocolate glaze ingredients and stir constantly until chocolate is fully melted and you've reached your desired consistency.  Set aside.

 To assemble cake:  Cut the cake into even sections (I made a 4 layer cake because I didn't want anything too big).  Place one cake layer on flat surface and top with an even layer of chocolate cream.  Top cream with another cake layer and top that layer with cream, as well.  Repeat with one final cake and cream layer.  Put final (if you're doing 4 layers) cake layer on and instead of topping with cream, drizzle chocolate glaze over top.  Garnish cake with grated roasted hazelnuts.  Cut cake into cute little squares and serve!

This was definitely a unique type of cake.  The cake layers somewhat resembled the texture of a soft biscuit, but went well with the chocolate cream.  Speaking of the cream, you'll have tons left over, and you could definitely eat that all in it's own (it really tastes like chocolate pudding, so I'm all about saving it!).  Enjoy guys!


  1. Wow! This cake is perfect! I will be happy to eat this :D

  2. You put all my favorites together, chocolate, Kahlua and hazelnut!!!
    One question, how big of a baking sheet did you use?

  3. Hi Peggy!! This cake looks beautiful! And PS always happy to read beautiful personal stories, it just makes you all the more "human" to us, not that you're not human, lol. You know what I mean!! Hahahahaha.

  4. Ilke: I'm not sure of the exact dimensions of mine, but I'd say maybe a 12 x 9 or smaller would be perfect for this... and you could definitely do a normal large baking sheet and just double the recipe for the cake layers!

  5. This looks delicious! Last Christmas was the first time I ever bought hazelnuts and they were so good! (Maybe they are only around during the holidays???) Awesome recipe!

  6. This cake looks and sounds wonderful. I love the combination of hazelnuts and kahlua. Best thing about using liquor, there's always enough for a couple drinks later...teehee. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  7. This cake looks perfect and delicious. Nice one. I have a bag of hazelnut waiting to be used up.

  8. Beautiful cake! it looks delicious

  9. This cake looks very elegant. I like your photos very much.

  10. "Whole Foods", I absolutely love this shop.
    Your cake does not only looks delicious but elegant and so inviting.
    Have a great week ♥

  11. The cake looks so good! Can I eat the plate too?? Hahaha! Nice shots!

  12. I think your fiance really knows what's good!! :)) I LOVE it!!! yummy.


  13. The chocolate cream filling looks so wonderful! The pictures of this cake are beautiful, and I could definitely deal with a little leftover chocolate filling :)

    Thanks for sharing such a tasty recipe!

  14. Ooo..I bet that was delicious..beautiful pics!

    US Masala

  15. This has to taste wonderful and so creative; I think I could make this; lovely photos.

  16. This cake looks so delicious and moist too.Thanks for dropping by visit and comments are very much appreciated.Following your blog.

  17. wow! the cake looks so moist n delicious. awesome!

  18. This sounds incredible, Peggy! I love the hazelnut idea. I bet this is something irresistible. Thanks for sharing & hope you're having a nice day.

  19. Wow this cakes looks absolutely delicious! well done :)

  20. This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it. I've put it on my To do list, which is growing way too fast these days =)

  21. oh my god that cake is beautiful!!! I love everything hazelnuts and chocolate. Bookmarked! Can not WAIT to try that Chicken Curry Pot Pie. Been thinking about it all week...hehe.

    I haven't read Friday's post yet. Will now!

  22. anything chocolate hazelnut gets my attention - looks great!

  23. this looks and sound awesome big lover of both flavors and Congrats on top9!

  24. That looks so good! It reminds me of Nutella or Ferrera Roche.

  25. Wonderful cake. I don't think I could resist the filling.

  26. It's like the flavors of Nutella, only better! This looks fantastic!

  27. I love the chocolate/hazelnut combo. It reminds me of Baci candies. This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing :-)

  28. This is beautiful! The textures and flavors all sound amazing!

  29. Chocolate and hazlenut is such a fantastic combination, the cake looks delicious!

  30. I love love Dobos cake. I was born in Romania and you can easily find this cake almost everywhere and in my family is made for generations.I haven't made is for ages, I should take care of this soon.
    Thanks for sharing your version, hope you're having a wonderful weekend

  31. Nice! It looks like a wonderful twist on tiramisu , so obviously it is super yummy.

  32. Wow Looks fabulous! Do drop by
    when u find time

  33. That cake looks heavenly! Nutella flavors are just droolworthy...



  34. Hazelnuts are my favorite nuts! I bookmarked this page and as soon as I'm done with shopping, I'm giving it a try. Looks so delicious, yum :)

  35. this looks super delicious! lovely cake



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