Chocolate and hazelnut cake

    1 hour 20 min

    A light and delicate chocolate cake made by adding stiff egg whites just before baking. If you can, it's best to make this the day before you plan to eat it.

    83 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 225g butter
    • 325g caster sugar
    • 250ml brewed tea, cold
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 5 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
    • 5 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
    • 120g chopped hazelnuts

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks, butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the black tea. Toss together the flour, baking powder, breadcrumbs, cocoa powder and hazelnuts; lightly fold into the tea mixture.
    3. In a large clean glass or metal bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the tea mixture. Turn the cake mixture into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool cake in the tin for at least 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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    Reviews in English (28)


    This cake was lovely and light. very easy to make. It tasted great.  -  02 Mar 2010


    One of the best. The tea and sugar give it a great bittersweet quality.  -  16 Jan 2015


    Oooh. This was fantastic. It's great to have for breakfast with coffee or tea and is quite filling. Doesn't need frosting or anything of the sort but this isn't a sweet birthday cake! I was a bit nervous that it'd be too sweet when I measured out the sugar but once the batter was ready and it already smelled heavenly I knew this would be good. I used Ghirardelli's cocoa powder and plain old black tea. Didn't have that much hazelnuts at home so I used half walnuts half hazelnuts. The results were a delicious and moist coffee cake. I'll have to learn this recipe by heart.  -  12 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)