The Cake Slice: Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake

December 20, 2008 at 1:31 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 26 Comments

chocolate hazelnut nutcracker cake

Gosh–hasn’t December gone by so fast?!?  It’s already time for the third installment of The Cake Slice!  This go-round, the group cooked up a very festive Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake from the book Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne. 

You’ll need to fish out your nutcracker to make this one– the batter has plenty of  hazelnuts, ground fine.  It also contains an unusual ingredient…graham cracker crumbs.  I’m wondering if these are there for subtle flavor, or if they really just act as an extender for the nut meal.  The cake is filled and frosted with vanilla whipped cream (a.k.a crème chantilly, if you want to get all fancy-like).

chocolate hazelnut nutcracker cake

While this cake was certainly good, R and I both though it was missing something.  The flavor was predominately hazelnut, and I think, for a cake with the word “chocolate” in its name, it needed to taste of chocolate, too (just a very small piece is grated into the batter).  If I get around to making it again, I think I’ll fill the layers with a dark chocolate ganache, and just leave the chantilly for the outside.  The rum soaking syrup, though, is a must!  Visit Gigi and Katie for the recipe (or get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes), and cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our nutcracker cakes!


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  1. That looks yum! But I agree with you – if chocolate is in the name then I want to be able to taste it!

  2. what a lovely cake nice and high and so rich in frosting…yummy!

  3. now this is my idea of a cake!!!!!!!!! looks GREAT 🙂

  4. Lovely looking cake. Perfect for December! Too bad it wasn’t chocolatey enough!

  5. WOWZA, what a cake.

  6. It certainly looks pretty – but yeah, what are the graham crackers there for? The world may never know!

  7. Oh, it’s absolutely lovely!

    I’m such a slacker/procrastinator this month. I’m making it today…

    I think you’re right about the chocolate. I kept thinking the same thing every time I looked at the recipe.

    Great job!

  8. This is very Daring-Baker-ish! It certainly looks gorgeous!

  9. I agree with you. It needs more chocolate ! I love hazelnuts with chocolate 🙂 I like the way you decorated it 🙂

  10. Wow! This looks fantastic. Your layers are so thick and yummy.

  11. Your cake looks lovely. I didn’t get around to making this one, but I was wondering how it would compare to the DB one we made a couple of months ago. Have a great weekend!

  12. I loooove the top of your cake! 🙂 …Oh I agree the rum syrup is a must. Great idea on ganache between the layers for next time!

  13. Stunning presentation!

  14. AAHHH!!! Your cake is Beautiful!! I thought it needed something too with a little more chocolate. Ganache would be perfect.

  15. Yours is so beautiful! Did you caramelize the hazelnuts on top?

    I accidentally added twice as much chocolate as called for, and the flavor was definitely present on day two. So I’d say you could double it easily.

  16. Sorry the chocolate wasn’t predominant enough but this cake has definite WOW factor.

  17. I thought the graham cracker crumbs were unusual, too! And the cake tasted more hazelnut than chocolate so great idea about using a ganache filling for next time. Hey, how about using Nutella?

    Your cake looks scrumptious!

  18. Hi Steph, lovely cake and very nicely decorated.

  19. Your cake looks lovely. Ganache filling sounds like a wonderful idea.

  20. Looks beautiful! Perfect for Christmas.

  21. Rum and hazelnuts sound good together. I like your idea of chocolate in-between too. Looks like an amazing cake!!

  22. As always, picture perfect. I love the shavings! Merry Xmas 🙂

  23. that looks fabulous! I love chantilly cream!!!

  24. Your cake looks wonderful. I love the caramalised hazelnuts on top – so pretty

  25. Good Googily Moogily. This looks incredible. You are so talented!

  26. How did I miss you making this gorgeous cake? I love the shaved chocolate on top, beautiful!

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