Monday, October 18, 2010

Best Ever Chocolate Hazelnut Cake




A chocolate cake is a chocolate cake. Right? Wrong!

A chocolate cake made without butter- and with little fat- is that even possible?

Like edible possible?

When I read this recipe, I thought to myself that this can't be a good chocolate cake. I like my chocolate cake rich. I mean, if I have to indulge, I like to have the real thing. Well, this is the real thing alright...just without the high amount of fat that usual cakes have. The only fat it contains comes from the real dark chocolate that I used. And even that, I take it as extra antioxidants that my body needs...and the endorphins of course.

I'm guessing the moist airy nature of this cake comes from the egg whites. It's also gluten free-with no flour to weigh it down. Rather hazelnut meal was used.

I picked up this recipe from an advertisement for CSR LogiCane Sugar (it's a smart sugar with a lower GI). Hubby didn't like the taste of this sugar, so i substituted it with normal sugar. Logicane sugar said 1/2 cup = 1 cup of normal sugar. Well, I used just slightly over 1/2 cup and the sweetness is just right. A dark chocolate cake should have a slight bitter undertone-which is what I love about chocolate! Sweet and bitter at the same time. Just like life.

Best Ever Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
250 grams dark chocolate chopped (I used 70% Lindt)
2 tbsp vegetable oil  
1 tbsp milk (I used soy)
5 large eggs separated 
180 grams hazelnut meal
slightly more than 1/2 cup of sugar 

dusting of icing sugar and some fruits to serve with it. I used strawberries.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 20cm cake tin with baking paper.

Place chocolate, milk and oil in heatproof bowl over simmering water. Stir with spoon till chocolate melts. Cool.

Combine melted chocolate with hazelnut meal, egg yolks and suagar. 

Meanwhile,  beat egg whites till stiff peaks.  Fold egg whites gently into chocolate mixture. Spoon into cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes or till firm.

6 comments:

celine said...

hey daphne, this recipe sounds REALLY good! very keen to try it out but the part that worries me is the egg white. never have much success with them :(

xoxo

Little Inbox said...

Luckily you gave it a try, otherwise you'll never know it tastes such good. I want to try it too if I can find hazelnut meal. :)

Piggy said...

I like the combo of chocolate and hazelnuts, and even though I hardly eat chocolate cake, but your picture looks so good that I want to give the recipe a try!

babe_kl said...

2 tbsp oil only?? i'm liking this already :p

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks good, a bit like brownie.

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