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Chocolate, Coffee and Hazelnut Cake with Cappuccino Custard Cream

January 26, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

I can’t think of a more Italian flavour for desserts then chocolate, hazelnuts and coffee. I love anything with hazelnuts and the combination with coffee and chocolate are my favourite. This cake is not very sweet and the coffee added makes it a real subtle dessert. I like baking this cake in a tray and plating the dessert in single portions. But it can be made as a cake in layers as well. —Maria Teresa Jorge

What You'll Need
  • Chocolate, Hazelnut and Coffee Cake
  • 7.8 ounces 70% cocoa chocolate (Valrhona or similar)
  • 5.5 ounces butter cut up in small pieces at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups fine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar for egg whites
  • 7.5 ounces ground toasted skinned hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Instant coffee
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Cappuccino Custard
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup single cream
  • 1 cup strong espresso coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour sifted twice
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  1. Make the custard first: Make the espresso. In a pan, bring the single cream and the espresso to a boil.
  2. Beat the egg yolks and the sugar until pale. Add the sifted flour and incorporate well.
  3. Pour the milk and espresso in a stream over the yolks, sugar and flour mixture and continue beating until well incorporated. Scrape the bottom and the sides, mix well. Return to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring continuously for 3 to 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Whip the cream and add to the cold custard. Cover with plastic film and chill.
  5. Cake: Pre-heat the oven to 350º F with rack in the middle position.
  6. Butter a rectangular baking tray. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the bottom of the tray and adhere it to the butter. Butter and flour the parchment paper and sides of the tray.
  7. Toast the skinned hazelnuts until golden brown, cool them completely and process them finely.
  8. Cut the chocolate in pieces and melt in a pan over a bain-marie. Remove the pan and put it on a cold surface to lower the temperature of the chocolate.
  9. Open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.
  10. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the soft butter with the sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy.
  11. Add the 6 egg yolks, one at a time, and the cooled melted chocolate beating well.
  12. Sift the flour, potato starch and the salt together and fold it in the above mixture. Add the ground hazelnut.
  13. Whisk the egg whites and half way through add the 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and continue beating to hard peaks. Fold the egg whites in 3 parts in the cake mixture, very gently.
  14. Pour the cake mixture in the baking tray and smoothen the top so it bakes evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then invert on a wire rack and peel the parchment paper. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  16. When completely cold, use a serrated knife to cut in rectangles or whatever shape you prefer.
  17. Assembling the cake: Cut rectangles all the same size, and then cut them in the middle horizontally so you have thin layers of cake. Use 3 layers per serving. Start with a cake layer, Cappuccino custard, cake layer, cappuccino custard, cake layer and finish with Cappuccino custard. Dust some cocoa powder around the plate and garnish with roasted hazelnuts.
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6 Reviews

Zialucina July 6, 2022
There's a bunch of stuff missing in the recipe instructions - The baking powder and instant coffee are never mentioned after the ingredient list. I had to toss them in just before the egg whites and hope. Instructions are too vague in places - what exactly does the author consider "half way" to hard peaks?

Hasn't come out of the oven yet so i can't comment on taste, but please fix you instructions to include all the ingredients!
bjlymoto March 19, 2018
I would love to make this. Can you please revise the recipe to include the size baking tray you use for the cake batter? Thank you!
Toran April 7, 2012
This is the second recipe I've found on your site this morning that is missing a rather important element. In this case it is the butter. It's listed in the ingredients, but, unless my eyes are failing in my geriatricity, there are no instructions on what is to be done with it. I did a browned butter and used it to melt the chocolate. Is it supposed to be melted with the chocolate?
Maria T. April 8, 2012
Hi Toran, I'm so sorry for the missing step. The butter is beaten with the sugar at the beginning.
I have corrected the recipe and all the steps.
Which other recipe did you find that has a missing element, so that I can correct it?
Many thanks and sorry once again.
Happy Easter!
Maria T. January 30, 2010
Thank you.
Margy@hidethecheese January 28, 2010
Mmmm, I love this flavor combination. And those 3 hazlenuts on top are just too cute!