Tag Archives: fruit cake recipe

Ana’s Hazelnut Cake with Dark Chocolate

At the beginning of the summer I spotted a cake on twitter that I just couldn’t resist. It was a Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake by Ana Vega. The cake is not a dessert cake, its more like a breakfast cake or something perfect for an afternoon cup of tea. From Ana I later learned that the cake was a remake of her Plum cake corriente y moliente (plum cake with dried fruits). Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Ana runs the cake & dessert blog Biscayenne (all in Spanish) where she share recipes and stories from her tiny kitchen in Bilbao. She also has an online vintage shop with pretty cutlery, porcelain and other kitchenware.

I have now baked this cake several times and just a few weeks ago I added some black cherries to the cake. It made it very moist and delicious. The cherries worked really well with the dark chocolate. I can also imagine adding some banana but in the end its absolutely fine just as it is.
I have only made a few changes to the recipe: Instead of regular sugar I used brown sugar. I also reduced the sugar as I wanted a less sweet cake, which Ana also suggest when using fruit in the cake.

Ana’s Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate

180g (7/8 Cup) brown sugar
3 eggs
250g (1 2/3 cup) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
125g (a little more than 4 oz) butter
150g (1 cup) hazelnuts
60g (70%) (about 2 oz) dark chocolate

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Mill the hazelnuts finely in a food processor or nut grinder. (If you don’t have either just chop it finely). Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Beat eggs and sugar together before adding flour and baking powder. Blend well together to avoid any floury lumps in the batter. Pour in the melted butter and stir together before adding the milled hazelnuts and the chocolate.
Grease a loaf tin or similar mold and pour the batter into it. Bake the cake for 15 minutes 355°F (180°C). Lower the heat to 320°F (160°C) and continue baking until the top has a brown crisp crust and a toothpick comes out dry (about 40-45 minutes).

Enjoy at breakfast, brunch or with an afternoon tea!

This article was originally published at Honest Cooking on 12 September 2012


Old Ladies Sugar Cake (Sponge Cake)

In Sweden old ladies have this kind of cake (baked with regular sugar and often without the fruit) at their coffee parties. They serve the cake with at least seven other cookies, while they are chatting about now and then.
Well I serve my cake when I have brunch parties. And we talk about things and how we got here.

2 egg
250 ml (1 cups) sucanat
75 gram (2.6 ounces)  butter
100 ml (0.4 cups) milk
300 ml (1¼ cups) flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ banana
½ apple
crushed cardamom

Mix egg and sucanat until it is light. Heat up milk and butter and pour mixture over the egg mix while mixing intensely. Blend flour and baking powder before you stir it into in the cake mixture. Mash the banana and slice the apple into very small pieces. Mix the fruit and some crushed cardamom (to your own taste). Bake in the oven at 200°C (392F) for about 25 minutes.
This cake can also be baked as muffins.