Hazelnut chocolate cake

I use to give to my daughter a little snack when she goes to school. She prefers her snack to be made up from 2 things: one is a fruit and one a pastry one. My concern was then, what should I bake for her that goes well in her snack box and that she won't refuse. We have searched together my cookbooks and we have stoppped to a page of a cooking magazine. My daughter told me: "This is... this is what I want". Of course, she has pointed this cake... it was chocolate inside :)
Looking at the ingredients seemed to be OK but with some adjustments. So, I changed this, I changed that, I doubled this, I have reduced that, I added this. In the end, I have deviated the original recipe so much that doesn't look at all as the one I have started from. It is a "moelleux au chocolat" to which I have added, at the request of my daughter, a box of chopped hazelnuts.

The crust is a bit crunchy but melting into your mouth. I have decorated the cake before baking it with some small pieces of chocolate and here it is my result ...

As this cake was a collaboration between me and my daughter, she liked it very much.


  • 200g black chocolate
  • 90g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 200g mascarpone
  • 375g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 180g hazelnuts (chopped)

  1. Melt the chocolate with butter in bain marie. Use a hand whisk to mix them.
  2. Remove from the heating source and add sugar and mascarpone.
  3. Mix until well combined. I used the metallic bowl of my standing mixer to melt the chocolate to avoid dirtying more dishes. 
  4. While mixing, add the eggs one by one.
  5. Add the flour and baking powder and incorporate it well.
  6. In the end, add the chopped hazelnuts and mix just a bit.
  7. Pour the composition in a pan that was initially lightly greased with a bit of olive oil. Be sure your pan does not stick, otherwise use baking paper.
  8. Cook it in the preheated oven at 180ÂșC for 1h.

Recipe inspired from Cuisine de copains, page 102, no. 10


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