Norwegian chocolate hazelnut cake

    1 hour

    This lovely Norwegian hazelnut cake is a dense and intensely flavoured cake, great alongside a strong mug of coffee.

    29 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • For the cake
    • 110g whole hazelnuts
    • 110g butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • For the icing
    • 120ml double cream
    • 170g chocolate chips
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

      For the cake:

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease the bottom of a 26cm springform cake tin.
    2. Reserve 8 whole hazelnuts for garnish. Pulse the remaining nuts in a food processor until ground, and reserve 1 tablespoon of ground nuts for decoration.
    3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, cool.
    4. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until thick and pale (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add flour, baking powder, salt, and ground nuts, mix well. Continue to beat mixture while slowly adding the cooled melted butter until blended (mixture will be thick). Transfer the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin then invert onto a serving plate then remove tin base. Cool fully.
    6. For the icing:

    7. In a medium saucepan bring the cream to the boil then immediately remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Spread over the top of cooled cake, allowing it to run down the sides. Sprinkle reserved ground nuts around top edge and arrange whole nuts over ground nuts. Enjoy!

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    I made this cake for my husband's birthday, and he rated it as better than German chocolate, which has been his favorite since I have known him! Thanks for the new and interesting recipe. I will make it again!  -  06 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wow! I can not believe more members and visitors to have not tried this keeper. I found it easy to make, great looking and great tasting. The chocolate glaze compliments this nicely nutty cake in such a pretty way that it makes it wonderful for entertaining.  -  17 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    One of the best, quickest and child friendliest recipes ever. My kids and me loved it, we just ate it in 2 hours, this says a lot, they usually dont like sweet stuff. The kids I babysit love it too.  -  09 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)