Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

  • 12 portions

Ingredients

  • 600g NESTLÉ Royal
  • 150g butter, chopped coarsely
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1 ½ cups (150g) hazelnut meal 
  • ¾ cup (190mL) thickened cream
  • 1 box (240g) NESTLÉ Scorched Almonds
     

Directions

1.    Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Grease and line 20cm deep round cake pan with baking paper.

2.    Combine 200gNESTLÉ Royal that has been broken into pieces and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until melted; remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

3.    Combine egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat until thick and creamy; fold into chocolate mixture. Fold in hazelnut meal. 

4.    Place egg whites in same large cleaned bowl of electric mixer, beat until soft peaks form; fold one-third of egg whites into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until just firm to touch. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

5.    Meanwhile, combine remaining NESTLÉ Royal and cream in a microwave safe bowl; microwave uncovered on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 minute; stir. Repeat process in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool until thickened and spreadable.

6.    Using a serrated knife, carefully slice cake in half horizontally. Spread 1/5 of chocolate mixture over base of cake, top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining chocolate over top and sides of cake, decorate with NESTLÉ Scorched Almonds