Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Cake

    7 hours

    Otherwise known as Vacherin - this cake consists of delicious layers of crisp hazelnut meringue, sandwiched together with whipped cream and garnished with strips of rich, dark chocolate. It's a truly decadent dessert.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 6 egg whites
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 100g icing sugar, sieved
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 100g hazelnuts, lightly-roasted, de-skinned, cooled, processed in a food processor to fine/coarse crumbs
    • 115g plain chocolate, chopped
    • 300ml whipping cream
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar, sieved
    • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Extra time:2hr setting  ›  Ready in:7hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 125 C / Gas 1/2. Line three baking trays with parchment paper. With a pencil, draw 5 circles 23cm in diameter on the parchment paper. It is best to trace around a cake tin or large saucepan.
    2. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Sift together the 100g icing sugar, cinnamon and cornflour, toss them together with the ground hazelnuts, then carefully fold them into the egg white mixture. Divide the mixture evenly between the 5 circles, spread the meringue out to the edge of the drawn circle.
    3. Bake for 3 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the meringue is completely dried out. Cool on wire racks.
    4. Melt the plain chocolate over a double boiler until smooth. Spread over parchment paper or greaseproof paper into a 30x25cm rectangle. When chocolate is set, cut the rectangle into 10-2.5cm strips. Cut 8 of the strips into thirds. Cut the remaining strips into fourths. Set aside.
    5. To make the filling, beat the whipping cream with the 1 tablespoon of icing sugar until stiff. Spread whipped cream over all of the meringue layers. Using one of your prettiest plates, stack the layers on top of one another. Use two-thirds of the remaining whipped cream to spread around the outside edge of the cake. Put the rest of the whipped cream into a piping bag and pipe rosettes around the edge. Place the 24 long chocolate strips vertically around the sides of the cake. Arrange the remaining pieces of chocolate on the top in the design of your choice. Dust the cake with cocoa powder for a dramatic finish, serve as soon as possible, as the meringue will soak up moisture from the whipped cream.

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    I made this recipe for some friends, and they loved it. The down side is the prep/cooking time. Also, due to oven space, I divided the meringue into only 3 (larger) layers.  -  01 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a big hit. I used about two cups of cream to have thicker layers in between. The chocolate ribbons made for a nice presentation. My meringues weren't exactly the same size, so it wasn't perfect, but it still looked and tasted delicious. A really nice gluten free dessert.  -  13 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this as part of mis7up's fergotten treasure blog for my DH birthday. As he is celiac, all ingredients worked well. We loved this and the bit of cinnamon made it taste like "christmas" as my DS stated! Will be made again!  -  19 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)