Monday, September 24, 2012

Bitter Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake with Mixed Berries Coulis (MasterChef)

We love chocolate and of course, I'm not going to miss out baking this delicious fudgy chocolate cake...

This chocolate cake recipe originates from Gracie, a junior Australian MasterChef contestant in the year 2011. Being gluten intolerant and using minimal amount of gluten, Gracie had baked this almost flour-less chocolate cake during the MasterChef contest. According to the recipe, she chose not to fully-cook her larger cake and so her cake looked soft and gooey when she served it with her raspberry coulis. I prefer my chocolate cake not to be too soggy with the coulis and so I have fully cooked mine to a nice, moist and fudgy texture. As mentioned in its name, this cake is not sweet at all and is very delicious to eat with a little sweetness and tang from the extra mixed berries coulis.

chocolate hazelnut cake mixed berries coulis
We never say "no" to nice and moist chocolate cakes...
Making the cake
Baking the cake
Cooking the coulis
chocolate hazelnut cake mixed berries coulis
bon appétit

Here's the recipe from Australian MasterChef 
(with my modification and notes in blue)


400g premium dark chocolate, broken into pieces
(I used the 70% cocoa one)
375g unsalted butter, chopped
9 eggs, separated
300g caster sugar
1/2 cup plain flour, sifted
60g hazelnut meal

Raspberry coulis
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
(I used frozen mixed berries)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Double cream to serve (I didn't serve my cake with this)


Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 26cm spring form cake tin with baking paper.

For cake, combine chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Once chocolate has melted, remove from heat and cool slightly.

Beat egg yolks with whisk and add 225g of the measured sugar until well blended. Fold into chocolate mix and stir in sifted flour and hazelnut meal.

In an electric mixer, beat egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites gently but thoroughly into chocolate mixture. Pour into cake tin, and bake for one hour. (I realised that the cake will rise and has big cracks on its top when it is freshly baked. The cracks will not be obvious when the cake shrinks after cooling.)

For coulis, place raspberries and sugar into saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to thicken. Press mixture through a fine mesh strainer, using a spatula to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Discard skins and seeds. Stir in lemon juice.

Serve slices of cake with raspberry coulis and double cream. I reckon that the cake will be extra delicious if it's served with double cream but we are happy enough to eat this with just the mixed berries coulis.

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe and a 14 cm round loose-bottom cake tin, I baked my cake at 150°C fan forced for 50 min (with the tested skewer comes out clean).

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  1. omgoodness , thnks for sharing!
    just would like to know hazelnut meal is hazelnut flour? Also, how do you divide 1/3 of 1/2 cup of flour?

    1. Hi Ms Bulat,

      Hazelnut meal is actually ground hazelnut and I think it is the same as hazelnut flour. 1/3 of 1/2 is 1/6. 1/6 of 1 cup is 40ml.



  2. This looks so moist and fudgy! Yummy with the raspberry coulis... Raspberries are ridiculously expensive in Singapore, so if I do this, I'll probably change it to blueberries.

  3. I love moist chocolate cake. This one is quiet a rich cake with 9 eggs and a berry coulis would be something new for me.

  4. Hi Zoe, what a lovely looking cake. Since u say it's moist and fudgy, I'm imagining that it tastes like one of my favorite desserts, brownie... YUM!

  5. This has the flavour of nutella. Amazing combo hazelnuts and dark chocolate. A yummy one indeed!

  6. This looks sensational! I would certainly not say no to this! so moist and great flavors :)
    Mary x

  7. This looks lilke the perfect cake recipe!!!! One of my friends is coeliac so I'll keep this one in mind!!!!! ith the coulis, it's perfect!

  8. thank you for all of these fabulous recipes!

  9. The chocolate cake does look so moist and chocolaty! And looks so good with the berries coulis! Your little kid and big kid must be all smiles when served with this yummy!

  10. Mmm, delicious cake Zoe! I would so much want to taste this moist, gooey cake!

  11. Wow. The berry coulis pushes this dessert over the top!

  12. with or without the coulis, the choc cake sounds delish to me. Reminds me of tha flourless almond cake we baked last time :)

  13. this looks sooooooo good! i'd love to have this for dessert tonight!

  14. Wow zoe your cake looks really moist and fudgy! A really nice gluten free recipe to have in our repertoire. Love the colour of your coulis.

  15. Hi Zoe! I love flour-less chocolate cakes, especially topped with ice cream and some hot fudge. Bring it on. I'm sure this cake did not last long in your house :)

  16. Delicious chocolate cake. love the combo of chocolate and hazelnut.

  17. Oh how I miss hazelnuts.. is it easy to find hazelnut meal in shops? I have never actually tried looking for it.. :D

  18. MMMmmmm the mixed berry coulis is the perfect finishing touch :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Zoe, the kid is very talented, so are you! Love the last picture of the cake!

  20. What a great cake! It looks fantastic. I love the use of hazelnut meal to make it - I bet it tastes wonderful.

  21. Looks like the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavours! And yes, we both had a similar idea- I love yours! The cake looks so dense and fudgy, almost like brownies! Amazing.

  22. Hey Zoe look absolutely delicious look really nice:)

  23. Major drooling situation here. Oooohh man, that after shot after it was baked. Pure heaven!

  24. Looking so moist and fudgyyyyyy....

  25. lovely cake with the drool worthy coulis. Love it

  26. Chocolate & raspberry my favorite, all in one cake!! My true indulgent moment! What can I say more, DELICIOUS! How I wish I can reach out a take one huge slice (the last photo)& pop in my mouth! Heavenly YUM! :)

  27. Hi Zoe, this look so mouth watering. yum yum..... wish I can have 2 slices for my lunch now.

    It sure look and taste good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a nice day.

  28. Zoe,
    My family love moist chocolate cake too. This chocolate cake looks really delish with berries coulis.