Thursday, October 27, 2011

Inside-out Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

On this special day...

I made a nice cake. I received several gifts and bouquets of flowers. I felt like a VIP...and very happy too!

Is it my birthday?

Yes, of course. Happy Birthday to me!

This cake is originally a Hazelnut Mocha Cake and I choose to avoid adding coffee / caffeine in my cake by replacing coffee with more cocoa . I have to admit that there is a significant amount of butter used to make this cake, but honestly, this cake is too good to be missed. Besides, this is specially made for my birthday and all in my mind is just bake, eat and celebrate!

My family and I will be having our holidays in Singapore and Taiwan for the next coming 2-3 weeks, and hope to return soon after this break. See ya.

inside out hazelnut chocolate cake
A nice cake that I've made for myself...
The flowers that I've received...
My yummy slice of cake...
inside out hazelnut chocolate cake
with delicious crumbly coating...Yum!

Here's the recipe from Donna Hay magazine, Oct/Nov 2011 issue
(with my modification in blue)

Serve 6-8

1/3 cup (15g) instant coffee (replaced with extra cocoa powder)
1 tbsp hot water (replaced with extra sour cream)
10 eggs
2 1/2 cup (550g) caster sugar
450g butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup (300g) plain all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup (100g) hazelnut meal (ground hazelnut), sifted
1/2 cup (50g) Dutch cocoa, sifted
1/3 cup (80g) sour cream

Chocolate ganache
1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
300g dark chocolate, chopped (I use the 70% cocoa one)

Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the coffee and water in a bowl and mix well to form a smooth paste and set aside (I didn't do that).

Place the eggs in a large bowl and using a hand-held mixer (I used a standing mixer), beat for 1 min. Add 1/4 cup (55g) sugar and beat for a further 4 min or until pale and fluffy. Set aside.

Place butter and vanilla in a separate bowl and beat for 1 min. Add the remaining sugar and beat for further 4 min. Add the egg mixture, flour, hazelnut meal, cocoa, baking powder, coffee mixture (I didn't add this) and sour cream and beat until just combined.
Divide the mixture between 2 x 20 cm round lightly greased cake tins lined with non stick baking paper. Bake for 1 hr 10 min or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow cakes to cool in the tin for 10 min before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cakes are baking, make the chocolate ganache. Place cream and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool at room temperature.

Increase oven temperature to 200°C (180°C fan forced). trim the tops from the cakes to create a flat surface and cut the tops into pieces. Place the cake pieces on a baking tray and bake for 10 min or until toasted. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Place cake pieces in a food processor and process until fine crumb
(I used a fork to break the cake pieces into coarse crumbs for extra crunch and crumbly texture)

Use a palette knife to spread 1 cake with 1/2 cup ganache and top with remaining cake. Spread the sides of the cake with ganache, reserving enough for the top, and refrigerate for 10 min or until just set. Carefully roll the sides of the cake in the crumbs to coat. Spread the top of the cake with remaining ganache and sprinkle with remaining crumbs.

Note: Using 1/2 of recipe and 2 x 14 cm round cake rings, I bake the cake at 150°C fan forced for 55 min. I'm little surprised that my smaller cake can serve 6-8 too.

Happy Birthday and Happy Baking

Happy Birthday to me!


  1. Happy happy birthday... and who cares if it is butter laden cake.. .it's your birthday so indulge... celebrate and enjoy.
    have fun in your upcoming holiday in SouthEast Asia!

  2. Happy Birthday , Zoe ! Yummy cake :) Enjoy your trip ! & Take care !

  3. Happy Birthday!! What a better way to enjoy the celebration with this lovely delicious chocolate cake! Stay young and beautiful always and catch up when you're back from your holidays!! Cheers!!

  4. Happy birthday Zoe! And do enjoy your holidays in Singapore and Taiwan, I know you'll definitely eat a lot and have a lot of fun over here :D

  5. Happy Birthday Zoe!May your wish comes true!
    And Happy Holiday ^^

  6. Happy birthday dear Zoe!! this Cake look amazing and delicious!!!! gloria

  7. Hi Zoe, happy birthday to you and may you stay beautiful always. Lovely cake, loves the texture. Enjoy your coming holiday.

  8. Happy birthday! Your cake really rich n yummy. Happy holiday!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! this cake looks amazing :) i have to make my own birthday cakes if i want one too....

  10. Right on time. Happy Birthday, Zoe! I'm a big fan of Donna Hay cakes. Looks so good. Enjoy your holidays.

  11. Happy Birthday Zoe and many happy returns of the day. Lovely choco cake, cute name!

  12. Happy Birthday Zoe, may today and days to come is shower with LOVE and JOY. How I wish I could share your birthday cake hahaha...:p

  13. And also wish you and family hv a great, pleasant and sate wishes...cheers.

  14. Happy Birthday, Zoe! That is a beautiful cake for a birthday! And the flower is gorgeous, lucky gal! Enjoy your holiday and see you when you get back! :)

  15. Happy Birthday! The cake looks yummy! Oh, and enjoy your holidays!

  16. Happy Birthday Zoe :-) Enjoy the day! Your cake looks lovely.

  17. You are so passionate in baking and I can make out from every post of yours! Lovely blog. Shall come back again very soon! I am following you now!

  18. Happy Birthday Zoe! May it be blessed with overflowing happiness, good health and wealth! Cheers!

  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZOE!!! May all your wishes come true:) And what better way than celebrate with this cake..Looks very very very delicious!!!

  20. Happy birthday Zoe!!! Hope you have a great day and a wonderful trip!!

  21. Happy Birthday to you!!! Looks wonderful - I'd love a great big slice right now - especially love the ganache - YUM
    Mary oxo

  22. Happy Birthday, cake looks highly rich and super tempting..


    as soon as i saw the photo of your cake, i immediately knew it was from donna hays :P i bookmarked that page on my magazine too...just waiting for the occasion to bake it! (their choc lemon meringue cake looks interesting too!)

    enjoy your family vacation, dont forget to come back!!!

  24. Happy Birthday Zoe - you deserve a delicious birthday cake like this (even if you did have to make it yourself!!!)

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  25. Happy Birthday, Zoe! This cake looks delicious, the texture is excellent! I love chocolate cakes, for my birthday I also made a rich chocolate cake. Best wishes on your birthday and always!

  26. This post is so fetish-worthy, I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

  27. Gorgeous cake and Happy Birthday!

  28. What a beautiful cake! I think I'm in love! :D Happy birthday! 1st time here & I love your blog!
    Kavi, form India. nice to meet you.
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge

  29. A very happy birthday, Zoe! This cake looks yummy and perfectly moist! PURE SIN!!

  30. Happy Birthday and enjoy your vacations. See you soon!

  31. Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your time away.


  32. Happy (belated) birthday!! Your cake looks delicious! I love chocolate cakes coated in ganache- and I love how it's covered in cake crumbs :) Have a lovely holiday!

  33. Happy Birthday!

    I am completely drooling!!

  34. Sorry for being too late. But still hope to wish u a very belated bday. May god bless u :). Love yr bakes, yummy...

  35. Happy belated birthday! I've been out of the blog world for a month now due to hectic life schedule. I hope to bake/blog soon! You're cake looks amazing!

  36. What a lovely chocolate cake and a belated happy birthday!

  37. Delicious! I love how beautiful it looks. Thanks for dropping by my blog the other day!

  38. Happy belated birthday to you, Zoe! Yeah yeah yeah, I'm late here. But better than nothing, right! haha.... Wishing all the best and may many more happy returns. I'm sure you had a great night back then. Btw, your cake looks fabulous too. Love it.
    Blessings, Kristy


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