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Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Cake, Happy Birthday to Me!

Adapted from Martha Stewart. Now is not the time to use the cheap-o chocolate. Get the best quality bittersweet chocolate you can find as it is the star of the recipe (Guittard, Callebaut, Valrhona, El Rey, Scharffen Berger, etc…).

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Cake

To toast the hazelnuts, preheat oven to 350F and spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
To skin the nuts without driving yourself crazy, place them in a mesh bag (like a recycled orange or lemon bag) and rub the nuts between your hand over the sink. The skins will fall and only the “naked” nuts will remain in your bag.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Cake

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Cake

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  • Ingredients for the cake:
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 6 large whole eggs, separated
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons espresso (or vanilla)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rum (optional)(not with us!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the meringue:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 cup hazelnuts (about 4 ounces), toasted and skinned (see notes) and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar



Prepare the cake:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-3-inch springform pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Butter parchment and set aside.


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter and brown sugar until pale and smooth at medium speed, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the bottom and sides of your bowl if necessary. Add the melted chocolate, espresso (or vanilla), rum, if using, and salt. Beat until combined. Transfer to a clean bowl and wash your mixing bowl thoroughly.


In a clean mixer bowl fitted the whisk attachment, beat the 6 egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Fold one-third of the egg whites into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites and pour batter into prepared pan, and bake 25 minutes.


Prepare the meringue:


Combine the chopped chocolate, nuts, and cornstarch in a small bowl, and set aside. Place the remaining 4 egg whites in a clean mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until frothy. With the mixer running, slowly add the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form about 8 minutes. Fold in hazelnut mixture.


Assemble and Finish:


Remove cake from the oven. Using a large offset spatula, spread meringue mixture on top of the cake using as little strokes as possible not to deflate the meringue, and return to oven. Bake until meringue is lightly browned and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let stand 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen, and release sides of the pan. Let cool, about 30 minutes, before slicing and serving.

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    July 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Красота -страшная сила!!!!! а вкуснотища то какая это!!!!!!

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    The Procrastobaker
    September 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Ive seen this recipe before and oo-ed n ahh-ed over it, sounds truly gorgeous! But your cake just looks like the most delicious version ive seen yet, dense chocolatey deliciousness. Beautiful 🙂

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    September 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful meringue cake!!!!!!

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    Tres Delicious
    September 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Wow! Beautiful and mouth watering. Looks really really delicious. Love the photo

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    September 4, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Wow, this sounds divine! I just pinned this. Thanks!

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    September 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Wow. I want to dive into that merengue. Chocolate and hazelnuts are maybe the best combination in the world. Happy birthday!

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    November 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Hold on a minute… this is very belated …. very very belated… but hey! my birthday is on 11th July too!!! coincidence? This cake just intrigues me…. I love how the texture looks as well as the hazelnuts… nothing could go wrong with those. 🙂 LOVELY!

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