?PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.? – Emily Dickinson
(I apologize for the short post. I’m currently working on my first pass for my book, and don’t have time to talk today. But! I do have this hazelnut cake recipe that I hope makes up for my lack of words. Have a lovely weekend, dear friends.)
Hazelnut Cake with Crème Mousseline and Chocolate Buttercream
We made a version of this cake at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse, but used pecans instead of hazelnuts, and an orange filling and frosting. After using hazelnuts in the Dacquoise, I’ve been putting them in everything. The cake layers are very fragile, and since they are made with mostly nuts, they do not have the fluffy texture of a regular cake, there is a bit more ‘chew’ to them. But the cake tastes incredible paired with the mousseline and buttercream.
The cake layer tops will sink in a bit and the cake will pull from the sides as it bakes (see above photo); you may have to cut the layers around the edges to make them all the same size before assembling, or else use tons of frosting to make the cake look straight and even (that’s what I did). But it’s worth it.
The chocolate buttercream in the photos didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted, so I’m instead posting the buttercream from my favorite chocolate cake recipe. But you can use any chocolate buttercream you’d like here.
2 1/2 cups (290g) hazelnuts, skin on (or you can cheat like I did and buy chopped hazelnuts)
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350F. Grease two 8 x 2-inch cakes pans, and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
Place the hazelnuts in a food processor. ...