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Hazelnut & Chocolate Mudsliiiide CAKE

July 8, 2013

Hazelnut and chocolate cake

One thing I have learnt about baking, is that things don’t always go the way you wish. And while I sometimes feel like throwing the whole thing in the bin (like a cry baby), most of the time… you can turn your baking ruin into something cool and unexpected.

Hazelnut and chocolate cake

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chocolate and hazelnut cake recipe

The fashion with baking at the moment, seems to be neat, smooth, perfect looking things. But when I showed my flatmate the final Hazelnut and chocolate cake, he said it looked delicious. So , sometimes as a baking enthusiast you have to try and be more diverse and less uniform and think what do people like to eat, rather than.. what looks like all the other photographs on pinterest. Therefore… I have to admit, despite being horribly disappointed by the result at first.. because I wanted it to be perfect with no drips or smudges, I quite like the blatently home-made hodge podge look of this cake. It is drippy and slidy.. and not particularly stable at times… so I felt it only fair to add the word “mudslide” to its name.chocolate and hazelnut cake recipe

chocolate and hazelnut cake recipe

The bottom two layers are chocolate cake, and the top is hazelnut sponge. In the layers are whipped cream mixed with vanilla sugar and peanut butter… and then on the top melted and extremely messy chocolate which I used to save the horrific looking quasimodo of a cake from certain doom. Then some hazelnuts on top… to try and distract from the imperfection of a cake.

At the end of the day.. it tastes fantastic… with a mix of nutty hazelnut sponge and chocolate cake. I doubt I will ever be able to make it so imperfectly again.. which is a shame!

hazelnut cake recipe

Ingredients:
Chocolate Sponge
250g butter
200g self raising flour
50g cocoa powder
2 eggs
250g sugar
50g plain yoghurt
Hazelnut Sponge
large handful of hazelnuts (shelled)
125g butter
120g self raising flour
1 egg
125g sugar
25g plain yoghurt
Filling and topping
250ml whipping cream
half a tub of peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla sugar
100g dark chocolate
7 hazelnuts (shelled)
Method:
Chocolate sponge:
1. Preheat the oven to 175° and grease two identical round baking tins
2. Mix together the butter and sugar until light and creamy
3. Beat in the eggs until thoroughly mixed
4. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder
5. Add the plain yoghurt until fully mixed
6. divide into the two baking tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until the sponge bounces back when pressed
7. Remove (carefully) from baking tins and cool on cooling rack
Hazelnut Sponge:
1. Preheat the oven to 175° and grease one of the baking tins you used for the chocolate sponge
2.Mix together the butter and sugar until light and creamy
3. Beat in the egg
4. Fold in the flour
5. Add the hazelnuts to a food processer and switch on until the hazelnuts are fine and powdery (like course flour)
6. Mix the Hazelnut “flour” into the cake mixture until thoroughly dispersed.
7. Add the yoghurt in and mix in thoroughly
8. Pour into the baking tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the sponge bounces back
Filling:
1. Mix together the vanilla sugar, cream and peanut butter with a hand mixer until it thickens and is mixed in smoothly
2. Once the cake layers are cooled put the cream into the layers and then on top
3. Chill in the fridge for 20 mins
4. Melt the dark chocolate and use a knife of spoon to pour it on in the design you like
5. Add the whole hazelnuts to the top

Chocolate and hazelnut cake

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9 Comments

  • Reply 5 Foods: The Best Chocolate Cake Recipes - We Heart Home July 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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  • Reply film eel July 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I just ate some of this very cake. It was magical. (I work with Gabriella!)

    • Reply Trisha July 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Wow – thanks so much for commenting – glad you liked it 🙂

      Just checked out Film eel – I LOVE WITHNAIL AND I.. it is hilarious! “I feel like a pig shat in my head”

      • Reply film eel July 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

        And thank YOU for your own lovely comment!

        It’s endlessly quotable! I foist it upon all my friends, usually with excellent results. Withnail is my style guru.

  • Reply India September 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I actually think this is one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve seen! You photography is also superb. Write a baking book.

    • Reply Trisha September 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I really would love to write a book.. just gotta find someone to publish it! x

      • Reply India September 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        put it out there. You’d be great. Have you thought of contacting Delicious magazine for ideas of how you could do that? Winning that comp is a great accolade that can take you places. Go for it. Honestly, you have an amazing talent. Enter more comps. Take part in The Great British Bake Off. You will find a way.

        • Reply Trisha September 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

          Thanks so much for being so nice! and supportive 🙂 x

  • Reply India September 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    🙂 Good luck! x

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