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French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Makes:
10 servings
Prep Time:
25
minutes
Total Time:
82
minutes
based on
45 reviews
A light and creamy glaze adorns this luscious French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. Ground nuts replace quite a bit of the flour in this sinful confection.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur or milk
  • 2/3 cup ground toasted hazelnuts or almonds
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan.

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

BEAT sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in melted chocolate and egg yolks. Add flour and liqueur; beat until smooth. Stir in hazelnuts. Beat egg whites in small mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate batter. Spread into prepared springform pan.

BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out still slightly moist. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Loosen and remove side of pan. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

HEAT butter, corn syrup and water in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add remaining morsels; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

POUR 3 tablespoons Glaze into small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Pour remaining Glaze over cake; spread over top and sides. Allow to set for a few minutes. Cut tiny corner from bag; pipe reserved Glaze over cake.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Special treat

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    I am not a fan of hazelnuts. I decided to try a different nut; brazil or pecan. It was just as wonderful.

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    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Cheryl Layman from Germantown, MD

    This delicious cake is always easy to make. And it does not call for ingredients that you don't always have on hand. I'm going to try it with almonds next time. Rich and delicious, a sliver is enough. NOTE: It really does make a difference if you toast the nuts. So don't leave this step out.

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Amanda Elkins from Oakdale, CA

    This is so good I am definitely going to make this more often!!!

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    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    SHEILA NEELAN from WINNETKA, CA

    This cake is just out of this world WONDERFULLY GOOD.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent with Fresh Fruit

    Joyce Hammer from TOLEDO, OH

    I made the cake for a meeting of our herb society and received many compliments. I served the cake on an pedestal cake plate which was the centerpiece for the table display. A small slice of this rich cake was great with cut up fresh fruit: watermelon, grapes, pineapple, and strawberries. The cake was not difficult to make as long as there is ample time. Excellent!

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Lovers Dream

    Christine Fusselman from Dover, PA

    This dessert is delicious! It is very rich, however, so I added a dollup of whipped cream to top it off. I also tried it warmed briefly in the microwave, then topped with ice cream. Scrumptious!

  •  Star(s)

    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Crystal Cooper from REDMOND, WA

    Very rich and delicious. When I cut this cake, I should have cut the pieces half the size that I did. We were all half way through our slice and just couldn't eat any more, but we sure wanted to. It was great the next day too. I say, double yum!

  •  Star(s)

    French choc. Hazelnut cake

    rebecca johnston from LAKE CITY, MN

    My husband made this for my birthday and now he wants me to make it for his!!!. For the glaze he used the hazelnut flavoring instead of water, to enhance that hazelnut flavor even more! It was delicious.

  •  Star(s)

    WOW!

    Margaret Skinner from RIO RICO, AZ

    What a wonderful change for a nice dessert. Light and rich at the same time. Lovely!

  •  Star(s)

    Frosted Double Chocolate Cookies

    Patricia Clark from PHOENIX, AZ

    This cake is wonderful! I have always loved the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts. I was afraid it would be too rich but was surprised that it wasn't. Everyone who tried it just loved it, I will make this cake often.

  •  Star(s)

    Rich flavor

    LOURDES DE LA ROSA from HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC

    Wow, this recipe was great. I made it for a couple of friends as a trial run for a dinner party I'm planning, this will be a great cake to end the meal with.

  •  Star(s)

    The Chocolate Lover's Dream!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    This was fantastic. However, could not find hazelnuts in the store and used almonds; therefore used almond flavored liqueur and it was wonderful...I'll do the hazelnut route next time, and have to "crack" my own hazelnuts.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent

    Nilsa Zaharakos from EASTON, PA

    I did not find this recipe at all difficult. I made it last night, and my husband and neighbors all enjoyed it. I will be adding this to my recipe files.

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate Hazelnut cake

    Ellen Tanguay from EAST WINDSOR, NJ

    I agree that this really wasn't that difficult to make. It is truly moist and delicious! The hazelnut flavor was just enough to complement the chocolate. This is definitely a "keeper".

  •  Star(s)

    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Debi Couch from CASTRO VALLEY, CA

    I brought this cake to work and it was a big hit with everyone. Thumbs up I'll definitely make it again!

  •  Star(s)

    Perfect treat

    SIDNEY MARKOWITZ from

    Easy to make and perfect for any dinner. I make them for gifts. It is a treat for any occasion

  •  Star(s)

    Delete flour

    CHRIS LOWTH from ELGIN, IL

    Use 2 more eggs and no flour and its a Chocolate-hazelnut flourless cake...which is great for people with wheat allergy's

  •  Star(s)

    A+ for Effort

    JENNY AUSTIN from BLOOMINGTON, IN

    Definitely worth the time and effort--the results are spectacular! This looks and tastes like something from a premium bakery--c'est manifique!

  •  Star(s)

    OOH LA LA

    GLENDA ARCHER from LAKESIDE, CA

    This is the perfect ending to a casual lunch. Everyone thinks you slaved all day. A real keeper.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    SUSAN HARTMANN from HIGHTSTOWN, NJ

    Elegant - light. I used ground pecans and it became southern! I prefer the glaze to be a ganache of chocolate & cream (or evaporated milk).

  •  Star(s)

    So good with almonds

    Dale Oud from STONEY CREEK, ON

    This cake is exceptionally moist and tasty. I followed the recipe but used almonds instead of hazelnuts and used a bit of almond flavoring. Aftre I did the glaze I put 1/4 cup of white chocolate in the micro and drizzled it over both the glaze and the chocolate drizzles. It looked like a store brought cake. A real keeper!

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful, and Easy!

    Sonia from

    This cake is amazing. Very easy, yet very delicious. It is indeed worth the time to make. I plan on making this again very soon!

  •  Star(s)

    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Ruth Minsk-Whitehead from OCALA, FL

    A very dense, moist chocolate cake that is out of this world. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  •  Star(s)

    Mmmm!

    Joe C. from Detroit, MI

    I made this cake for my family, and friends. Served warm with french vanilla ice cream; it was so delicious, they were highly impressed, and I even suprised myself! Will definitely make again!

  •  Star(s)

    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    Janis Bolton from Vernal, UT

    A friend asked me to make a dessert for a dinner she was having for a daughter-in-law to be. This one caught my eye. They loved it!!!! I used a hazelnut flavoring they use in coffee shops instead of the liquer. It was perfect! It's a keeper! Thanks.

  •  Star(s)

    AMAZING!!!

    kameia Bahrini from Langley, BC

    This cake was not that difficult. I made it for my husband Birthday and he absolutely loved it! I would for sure make this recipe again.

  •  Star(s)

    French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    PATRICIA GRECO from ARMONK, NY

    I made this cake for my son's birthday, and it was a fantastic success. My son said that this was the best birthday cake he has had. This cake is moist, rich, and just the ticket for fans of chocolate cake who don't particularly care for layers of cake filled with frosting. This is rich without being so overly sweet. Will definitely add this to my recipe file.

  •  Star(s)

    Tres bien!

    PAULA VON DER HEIDE from VALDOSTA, GA

    Utterly rich and delicious, this recipe was not too difficult--especially considering the results!

  •  Star(s)

    my 3 year old loved it!

    Stacie Vaughn from San antonio, TX

    I made this a few days ago and it was gone very quickly. It has a consistancy between a brownie and a cake that my daughter loved (she is very picky)! The glaze was also great.

  •  Star(s)

    SWEET

    Melissa Walter from North Carolina

    I am 15 and cooked this for a French Dinner within 15 minutes of the beginning of the dinner half was gone. I plan on cooking this when my father comes home. My whole family loved the cake!

  •  Star(s)

    Piece of Cake

    Jess from Quebec

    I made this cake for my choco-holic of a roommate for her birthday. Needless to say, she instantly fell in love with it and is now constantly bugging me to make it again. Thank you for providing the recipe for the perfect chocolate cake!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Debra Grady from OAK LAWN, IL

    This cake is so delicious. I brought it over to a friends house and everyone loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    FRENCH CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT CAKE

    LYNNE KRIEGER from YACOLT, WA

    ABSOLUTELY, THE BEST. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE HAZELNUTS. THIS IS A MARVELOUS CAKE FOR ANY OCCASION. MY FAVORITE BREAD IS HAZELNUT.

  •  Star(s)

    Outstanding

    FAITH MITCHELL from JOHNSTON, RI

    This cake is amazingly delicious and is a real favorite in our home. I have passed it on to friends and they'll abolutely love it! Highly recommended for the chocolate lover in you!

  •  Star(s)

    Chocolate goodness at its best

    Anne Peterson from California, MD

    I am one that loves chocolate and to combine chocolate with hazelnuts or any kind of nut is to get my attention. It is easy to make and it is even better to eat.

  •  Star(s)

    AWESOME EXTRA CREDIT!!!

    Roland from

    This cake was so unbelievably delicious! We had an extra credit assignment in french class to bring a french food recipe and then the food. Well, I decided that I would try this out, and it was so unbelievably awesome. Thanks meals.com for getting me an A in french class!

  •  Star(s)

    Very Delicious

    Allyssa from

    Two of my friends made this cake for french class and it was so delicious. They told me where they got the recipe from so I went to thos website so I could make it myself. It's very delicious!

  •  Star(s)

    My french class loved this!

    Madison from whydoesitmatter?

    Very moist and yummy! Only thing was the chocolate frosting hardened very quickley while it was still in the bag when I was putting it on the cake! However, it was worth the hard work!! This is definitely going to stay in my recipe box!

  •  Star(s)

    THE BEST IN THE WORLD

    Jennifer from Alpharetta,GA

    Thanks for putting this recipe out it is the best. We had a food day at school for French class and it was the best food there. It was a hit. All my classmates loved it and some even wanted it for their parents; birthday and anniversaries!!!! Thanx meals.com You ARE the best.

  •  Star(s)

    SIMPLY the BEST!

    Eileen Tylus from Hamilton, NJ

    What a way to celebrate a birthday. This cake even helped soften the blow of that extra year! THANKS!

  •  Star(s)

    AMAZING!!!

    Jessica (8th grade) from GA

    This was amazingly delicious!! Its a nice easy beginers recipe with and extrodinary ending result! I made this for my French class and it was a gone in less than five miniutes!

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    Velisha from White, Georgia

    A wonderfull cake!! I made two for my niece's school and they were gone within minutes. I highly reccomend this cake. Use small portions, can be a little rich.

  •  Star(s)

    WONDERFUL!!!

    Lauren from

    This is the best ever! I had an English project to do and i was supposed to cook something french. Well this was a hit even at my house. It is wonderful! I will probably even make it for this Christmas party at church i will be going to in a few weeks! Yall all should make and try it it isnt that hard to make either.

  •  Star(s)

    YUMMY!!!!!!!

    Sarah from Virginia

    If you love chocolate than this is for you. Its the best thing I've ever eaten. Its so good you would never stop eating it.

  •  Star(s)

    Review for French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

    kyle fart from

    good

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 10 

  • Calories: 500
  • Calories from Fat: 270
  • Total Fat: 30g (46% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 17g (83% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 105mg (36% of DV)
  • Sodium: 260mg (11% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 54g (18% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g (11% of DV)
  • Sugars: 40g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Vitamin A: 10% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 8% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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French Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur or milk
  • 2/3 cup ground toasted hazelnuts or almonds
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 9-inch springform pan.

MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

BEAT sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in melted chocolate and egg yolks. Add flour and liqueur; beat until smooth. Stir in hazelnuts. Beat egg whites in small mixer bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into chocolate batter. Spread into prepared springform pan.

BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out still slightly moist. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Loosen and remove side of pan. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

HEAT butter, corn syrup and water in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add remaining morsels; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

POUR 3 tablespoons Glaze into small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Pour remaining Glaze over cake; spread over top and sides. Allow to set for a few minutes. Cut tiny corner from bag; pipe reserved Glaze over cake.

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