Hazelnut and chocolate cake

An irresistible teatime treat from Tamasin Day Lewis - a rich, chocolatey hazelnut cake with a crunchy nut topping
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Hazelnut and chocolate cake
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

Main

  • oil, for greasing
  • 175 g wholemeal flour
  • 175 g lightlight muscovado sugar, light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 200 g best quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 125 g ground hazelnuts
  • 25 g hazelnuts, chopped

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Grease and line an 18cm springform cake tin.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder, returning the sifted-out bran to the bowl.

4. Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.

5. Add the eggs, a little at a time, beating between each addition.

6. Using a metal spoon, fold in the milk, and sifted flour and baking powder, mixing thoroughly.

7. Add about two-thirds of the chopped chocolate, together with the ground hazelnuts.

8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, levelling the surface. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts and the remaining chocolate.

9. Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour, then cover the cake with a sheet of greaseproof paper to prevent the nuts from burning. Bake for 30 minutes more or until the centre feels springy when lightly touched.

10. Release the springform tin and leave to cool.

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