Luscious chocolate, espresso and hazelnut cake

Luscious chocolate, espresso and hazelnut cake

By 12/02/2018

Chocolate and hazelnuts are two key ingredients in the recipe of Nutella. Many people love Nutella but these days there are far better quality chocolate spreads on the Italian market. Nutella is far too sugary and it contains palm oil which is certainly not good for you (read about it). Sugar and palm oil are in fact the two top ingredients in Nutella and every jar only has 13% of hazelnuts in it, quite low really. To me this is a product of the 80s when we couldn't find anything better to buy.

So, now you know, I am not a big fan of Nutella. I love good quality Italian products really and these days we are spoilt for choice.

With the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts in mind, today I made a luscious, good quality dark chocolate and hazelnuts cake with a hint of espresso coffee... basically a very rich, indulgent cake just so perfect for Valentine and it is gluten free too. Only hazelnut flour has been used in this cake making it therefore so incredibly nutty. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream this is simply pure indulgence.

All you need to do is melt the chocolate, whip the eggs and add all the ingredients one by one. Give it a good mix, pour into a mold and bake... the result is impressive. Always use good quality dark chocolate and strong Italian coffee...a winning combo and a great pic me up.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes
  • Yield : 8



Put the chocolate in a bowl and melt it over a saucepan of boiling water.

In a bowl whip the eggs with the sugar. Add the softened butter, the coffee, the melted chocolate, the hazelnuts and the baking powder. Mix well.

Making espresso and chocolate cake

Grease a round baking tin of a diameter of approximately 20 cm or 8 inch. Pour the mixture in and level well. Bake at 180C or 350F for 40 minutes. If you find that the cake gets a little too brown on top cover it up with a tin foil during cooking.

Remove it from the mold, let it cool down and sprinkle it with cocoa powder. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.. yummy!

Dark chocolate espresso cake with hazelnuts gluten free

Dark chocolate espresso cake with hazelnuts gluten free

Dark chocolate espresso cake with hazelnuts gluten free

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29 Responses to Luscious chocolate, espresso and hazelnut cake

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    This looks like from a fine bakery, Alida. Love the combo of hazelnuts, coffee and chocolate.

    • Alida

      A winning combination.. especially with the coffee.

  2. Alida

    Thanks very much. It is a nice cake for the whole family.

  3. elisabetta

    A slice of this cake must make you feel like you’re in heaven, for sure! Must make!

    • Alida

      It does.. I am a coffee addict.. it is my ideal breakfast cake!

  4. gloria

    Really delicious and beautiful recipe Alida! Baci!

    • Alida

      Grazie Gloria!

  5. maria

    This cake would definitely be appropriate for a St Valentine’s Day Dessert… it looks stunning! Pinning to try. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Grazie Maria, coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

  6. Jean Mckie

    Everything I love in one cake. I will be baking this next week. Thank you.

    • Alida


  7. All That I'm Eating

    This looks absolutely wonderful! What a treat to have a slice with an afternoon cup of coffee.

    • Alida

      It lasts quite well too for a few days.

  8. Balvinder

    Hazelnuts and chocolate go so well together and you also added espresso, Yum! It is a winner!

    • Alida

      Thanks Balvinder, we all loved it.

  9. Marcellina

    I am so disappointed, I only recently found out the Nutella has palm oil in it! But I love it all the same! However I wouldn’t eat it on a regular basis. This cake, though, I could eat all the time. All those hazelnuts must make it such a luscious cake. I don’t think I’ve ever visited your blog. You have some wonderful recipes.

    • Alida

      Many thanks Marcellina for passing by πŸ™‚

  10. speedy70

    Una torta molto golosa, che bontΓ !!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara

  11. Sue Olivant

    I made a Paleo chocolate cake yesterday and the list of ingredients went on forever and it was so expensive. I like the sound of your hazelnut cake as all the simple ingredients are in my store cupboard. I’ll be making this soon.
    Hope you are all well and looking forward to some nicer weather. We are still waiting for our buyer’s solicitor to get a move on since we sold our house way back in September! A nail biting time as we would be heartbroken if we lost our purchase of the Old Vicarage at Abbeycwmhir near Llandrindod Wells!!! Love to you all. Xxx

    • Alida

      Nice to hear from you Sue. I do hope your purchase goes well.. fingers crossed! The last few days have been very nice and we have been enjoying the sunshine..always kind of desperate for it though, never enough for me! All the best to you both and enjoy the cake xx

  12. Chiara

    ho stampato la ricetta, mi attira molto ! Grazie per mettere le nostre misure, con i cups non vado molto d’accordo ! Buon weekend, un bacione !

    • Alida

      Benissimo mi fa piacere che ti piaccia πŸ˜‰

  13. mae

    Like you, I’ve never developed a taste for Nutella. I prefer the combination of almonds and chocolate to hazelnuts and chocolate. The cake does sound decadent, though.

    • Alida

      Almonds and chocolate are also a fab combination indeed. I made many recipes with almonds and chocolate too.

  14. Agness of Run Agness Run

    As a passionate lover of espresso, this cake has the potential to become my new favorite dessert, Alida. In fact, this would be a perfect breakfast option with a cup of tea. πŸ˜‰

    • Alida

      Yes.. it certainly makes a good start of the day!

  15. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Your cake looks so perfect! What an amazingly even top and crumb.
    I absolutely agree about Nutella. I have really gone off it since I made my own healthier (and nicer) version. There are so many more options on the market which are better….. x

    • Alida

      I remember your Nutella recipe.. beautiful!

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