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Hazelnut and Almond Cake

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This recipe wasn't destined to be on my blog. My mum started making it then we had an old family friend drop by so the cake was stuck at step 1. I ended up finishing it off for her whilst she socialized the night away.


If you like hazelnuts, this one is for you! Coming from someone who could live on Nutella, I was in heaven. It was light and fluffy from the almond and hazelnut meal, with a lovely chocolate frosting.
The cake was very flat though! I would suggest using a 20cm tin instead of the suggested 22cm tin. I have since added this recipe to my recipe book.

Hazelnut and Almond Cake

90g Nuttelex spread (or butter)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, seperated, plus 2 extra yolks
1 cup hazelnut meal
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

frosting:
1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Nuttelex spread
1 tablespoon soy milk

1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Grease a 22cm round cake pan. Line the base with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, use electric mixer to beat Nuttelex and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg-yolks. Mix in hazelnut and almond meal, followed by cocoa.

3. In a small bowl, with an electric mixer, beat egg-whites until stuff peaks form. Fold into cake mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool completely.

4. Frosting: in a small bowl, combine icing sugar, cocoa and Nuttelex. Add milk gradually, beating with a wooden spoon until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.

Serves 8.


Voila! Bon App├ętit!

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