Christmas Chocolate Cake

Christmas Chocolate Cake. A Holiday recipe with a cherry filling, a hazelnut ganache and topped with a hazelnut paraline. Baked to perfection.

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Christmas Chocolate Cake


Ingredients

For the Cake:

9 and 1/2 ounces frozen seeded cherries

1 cup butter

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup self-rising flour

1 cup ground hazelnuts

2/3 cup buttermilk

For the Hazelnut Ganache:

5 and 1/2 ounces milk chocolate

1 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

1 tablespoon hazelnut-flavored liqueur

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

For the Hazelnut Paraline:

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts


Instructions

To make the cake:

Working quickly, cut frozen cherries in half; return to freezer.

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 340°F. Grease deep 9-inch round cake pan; line base and side with parchment paper, extending paper 2 inches above side.

Beat butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mixture will curdle at this stage, but will come together later. Transfer mixture to large bowl; stir in sifted flours, ground hazelnuts, buttermilk and cherries. Spread mixture into pan.

Bake cake about 2 hours. Let cake stand in pan 10 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.

Make Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache and Hazelnut Praline.

Spread cold cake with ganache; sprinkle with praline.

To make the Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache:

Break chocolate into medium heatproof bowl; add Nutella and liqueur. Bring cream to a boil in small saucepan; pour hot cream over Nutella mixture, stir until smooth. Cover; refrigerate about 2 hours or until thick. Beat ganache with electric mixer until spreadable.

To make the Hazelnut Paraline:

Stir sugar and the water in small saucepan over high heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil; boil, uncovered, without stirring, about 5 minutes or until caramel in color. Meanwhile, coarsely chop nuts. Add nuts to toffee, pour onto oven tray; stand at room temperature until set. Chop praline finely.

Notes

Makes 10 servings.

Cake will keep in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 1 week. Freeze unfrosted cake for up to 3 months.

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