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Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

November 17, 2015

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

I seem to be on some kind of awesome, cake-making roll right now. I developed a perfect chocolate fudge cake recipe last week (that’s one for another day) and then THIS one over the weekend.

The flavour pairing here was inspired by Sachertorte – an Austrian cake made with chocolate, ground almonds, apricot jam and (when my mum makes it) coffee. It’s the bitter edge of the chocolate & coffee paired with that jammy tang that really makes it stellar. So I borrowed the concept and applied it here.

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

As it’s now November, the selection of fruit is understandably a bit sad. There are apples and pears but when you’re baking with them, everything just ends up as a beige blob. I wanted to inject some colour back into baking and was heading towards using raspberry jam when I realised POMEGRANATES are around!!! I absolutely love em.

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

Like edible, lustrous jewels the arils add a special sparkle and pop (in colour and texture) to anything they’re scattered on. Who needs sprinkles or glitter when you can have pomegranates!?

They also have that perfect balance of sweet and sour which pairs super well with chocolate 🙂

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

When foods are in sync seasonally, it tends to follow that they are also great flavour partners. Thus a handful of chopped hazelnuts was added to the topping too. I used a chopped up bar of hazelnut chocolate IN the cake and ground hazelnuts in the batter, too. If you’re not bothered about having the hazelnuts in the batter, ground almonds are an easier/cheaper sub but still give a lovely, buttery crumb to the cake. As for the coffee in the batter – it may sound like a really weird addition here but it seriously does work extremely well – trust me!!

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

Chocolate Chip, Hazelnut & Pomegranate Cake {GF}

Servings 8 -9 slices

Ingredients

  • 80 g (2/3 cup) whole hazelnuts (OR 80g (3/4 cup) ground almonds)
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) coconut sugar or light brown sugar (see notes)
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) oat flour (see notes)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) strong, brewed coffee
  • 75 g dark chocolate , finely chopped
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) double (heavy) cream
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt
  • handful of hazelnuts , chopped
  • dark chocolate , peeled into flakes (using a vegetable peeler)

Instructions

  1. Place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast in an oven at 180 C (350 F) for 8-12 minutes, until the skins start peeling away. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled, place into a food processor or blender and grind until fine. Leave the oven on and grease a 6-inch (20cm) cake tin with butter.
  2. Place the butter into a medium pot. Melt over a low heat then remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and ground hazelnuts (or ground almonds) with the oat flour. Crack in the egg and stir together well. Add the salt, baking powder and stir them in well. Pour in the coffee and stir until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and cover with the chopped chocolate. Swirl the chocolate into the batter a bit, then bake the cake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool completely before turning out onto a plate.
  3. Cut the pomegranate in half and coax out a generous amount of arils, separating them from the membrane around them.
  4. Place the double cream into a medium bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Stir in the yogurt and then fold in any stray pomegranate juice.
  5. Top the baked cake with whipped cream, pomegranate arils, chopped hazelnuts and peeled dark chocolate. Chill cake until serving. Store leftovers covered with clingfilm in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

- I've also used 50g xylitol + 50g of coconut sugar with great success here
- to make oat flour: place plain oats into a blender or food processor and blend until fine.
- make sure the oats and baking powder are certified GF if needed
- I think it may be possible to veganise this recipe by using 80g of melted coconut oil in place of the butter and a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water) in place of the egg. You could then top the cake with whipped coconut cream!
- for the chocolate, I used a bar of finely chopped Green & Black's Hazelnut and Raisin dark chocolate but plain dark chocolate will work perfectly too.

 

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  • Jessica Rose November 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of this combination before, sounds really interesting!!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sonja November 18, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Wow, this looks beautiful! I used to love Sachertorte, but not more than two or three bites, it’s so heavy! This one sounds way better (and easier to digest ;D). Also very festive too! Love it!

  • rainiila November 18, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Sounds delicious. Only problem I found was in the recipe. There is no mention of where to add the oat flour within step 2.
    Just letting you know.
    But, it does sound like a very interesting combination that I would love to try!

  • Avalit November 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    You can’t go wrong with chocolate. My favorite https://fliiby.com/file/3trocrolbyy/

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    im absolutely loving pomegranates this time of the year..the only difficult part is deseeding them.

  • erika November 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    It’s GOOOOOORGEOUS!! I’ll take on the responsibility of seeing whether I can veganize this with aquafaba 😉 LOVE this hazelnut/pomegranate combination and woohoo for cake rolls!!

  • Christine // my natural kitchen November 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This cake is gorgeous! The pomegranate looks so pretty and festive. I would have loved to try sachertorte when we were in Austria but I couldn’t find a gf one. I am excited to give this a try!

  • Birgit November 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Lovely looking cake and certainly will try to make it. So gorgeous with the Pomegranate. But sorry for correction the original Sachertorte is not made with ground almonds and if done correctly it is light and fluffy as the eggs get separated to incorporate egg whites at the end. Its not like a chocolate fudge cake at all.

  • Katie November 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I am sure pomegranates works perfectly with chocolate so thanks for the inspiration! Love it xoxo Katie http://www.whatskatieupto.com

  • ksi November 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Are there really just 60g of oat flour? Made this cake yesterday, got batter consistency closer to crepes than to cake batter. Got scared, so doubled the amount of oat flour, worked out fine, but I’m still wondering, if I should risk with just 60g next time?

    • Izy November 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      yep the batter is a very liquidy one! It’s super moist that way 🙂

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    Such a delicious looking cake! And gluten-free is an added bonus!

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    This recipe looks amazing!

    I am considering making it for a upcoming brithday, and want to make it into a layer cake by doubling the recipe, does this sound plausible? Any suggestions?

    I will leave a comment with an update of i go ahead 🙂

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