My mom baked once a chocolate cake with nuts. She made it for my brother’s birthday and since then it became “The Birthday” cake in my family.
The recipe has changed over the years, and you can find one variation of it on my page called “chocolate almond cake.”
has added pitted sour cherries to that chocolate nut cake, skipped the icing,
substituted hazelnuts for the almonds or tried walnuts. When she used walnuts, she had to adjust the sugar and the butter, creating a completely new cake recipe.
Nuts can be easily swapped, and like my mother, you could try different types of nuts. Here are some guidelines, which you might want to follow when baking with nuts:
Below are some of my chocolate cakes with nuts. I hope that you will like them and that you will come back for more great chocolate cake recipes. If you like, I ask you kindly to drop me a comment on Facebook, share my page, or just send me an e-mail with your thoughts. I love getting feedback from my visitors. Big thanks in advance,
PS. Don’t for get to read all my tips on baking with nuts. You’ll find them just under the chocolate nut cake recipes.
Baking with nuts has one disadvantage. The nuts need to be grinded into flour, and if you can’t buy it ready-made, you have to make it yourself. My mom used to grind her nuts with a manual meat grinder that had a special nut attachment. Now-a-days she uses a food processor. First she uses the grating disk, then she switches to the metal blade and pulses the nuts until they resemble coarse flour. This works well for her. I, on the other hand, use my manual Tupperware grinder. For some cakes though, when I have to grind chocolate as well, I use my attachment on my table-top mixer.
Whenever you have to grind nuts, here is a tip: borrow a tablespoon of cornstarch, flour, or powdered sugar from the recipe and add to the nuts. It will absorb the oils and prevent the ground nuts from clumping.
One more important word of wisdom before you make your chocolate cake with nuts: try the nuts beforehand. Nuts are high in fat and they spoil easily. I once used old nuts and the cake ended up in the garbage…
Tips on storing nuts:
Sometimes a chocolate nut cake requires finely chopped peeled hazelnuts. Have you ever tried peeling hazelnuts? I did once. I used the boiling water method that works well with almonds. Well, it didn’t go too well. I did my best, as the skin on hazelnuts is bitter and it is advised to remove it before baking. Couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a way of getting rid of that skin. The secret is revealed in the Cake Bible, a must have book for any baker.
A great way of removing the skin of hazelnuts as described in the Cake Bible:
Some more useful tips on baking a chocolate cake with nuts:
I hope that my tips for baking with nuts will help you next
time you need to bake a chocolate cake with nuts.
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