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The ultimate Hazelnut Cake! All-natural hazelnut flavor in the cake layers and frosting. A simple and delicious combination.
In hindsight, I don’t know what I was thinking. Especially since I already had not one but TWO bags of hazelnut flour because I forgot I already had one and bought another.
I had tossed around some ideas of how I might decorate this Hazelnut Cake, but I’m pretty sure none would have required a 2+lb bag of $30 hazelnuts.
I don’t even like hazelnuts!
True story. But I love nut-based cakes like my Almond Amaretto Cake and Baklava Cake, which uses walnuts in the cake layers. The nuts add delicious flavor and texture to cakes, so making a Hazelnut Cake was a no-brainer.
How to Make This Hazelnut Cake
I used store-bought hazelnut flour for the cake layers. It’s like almond flour but hazelnut. It’s not super cost-effective, I’m not going to lie.
You can easily make your own hazelnut flour by pulverizing some toasted, skinned hazelnuts in a food processor until you get a fine powder. You can sift out any larger chunks and then measure your needed amount. I am lazy though, so I just bought the flour.
Hazelnut German Buttercream
I used my German Buttercream as a frosting for this cake, but you could use any buttercream you like and just add hazelnut flour to it.
To me, the German Buttercream seemed like a perfect fit. It’s light, fluffy, not too sweet, and just delicious. I have a detailed tutorial on How to Make German Buttercream, so be sure to check that out if you try it. It’s not difficult at all, just a bit time intensive.
I kept adding hazelnut flour to the Buttercream until I was satisfied with the flavor. You can add more or less if you like. I love the dots throughout the frosting.
I added a schmear of Nutella on top of each cake layer as I assembled the cake because why not?? This is optional but adds a yummy chocolate hazelnut flavor.
I initially bought so many hazelnuts because I thought I would decorate the cake with candied hazelnuts as I did with this Nutella Hazelnut Cake.
That cake is one of my first recipes and could use a refresh, but it is much-loved. Candied hazelnuts are an attractive way to garnish any dessert and are surprisingly easy to make!
The thing is, they last only a short time. As with any sugar-based garnish, they will start to melt. The more humidity, the faster the sugar dissolves/gets sticky. It has been super hot and humid here, so I figured that was a recipe for disaster.
Suppose you do decide to make them. I recommend making them shortly before serving the cake, and definitely do not put them in the fridge.