Easy Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts

Hello friends! Oh, how happy I am to say that Spring is in the full swing in my neck of the woods! I’ve been so distracted by its beauty, I could hardly manage to do anything inside the house (including baking). Family wasn’t happy about not having goodies for a while, so that’s why I resorted to this easy cake recipe from an old German baking book. It doesn’t require much time or skill and the result is more than satisfying.

This simple chocolate cake can be paired up with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or topped with  fresh berries or berry sauce. It is easy enough to make for those who are new to baking or for the times when you learn that friends are coming over and you don’t really have a lot of time to prepare a dessert.

Enjoy this fine chocolate cake and Happy Spring! 

easy chocolate cake with hazelnuts

Easy Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts

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  • 115 g (1 stick) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g (1 cup) flour
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 3 TBSP cocoa (sifted, unsweetened)
  • 75 g (2.6 oz) chopped and toasted hazelnuts


Beat butter and sugar at a high speed until nice and fluffy, add vanilla extract and eggs.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and add to the butter mixture.

Reduce the mixing speed and mix until creamy; add hazelnuts.

Rub a bottom and sides of a tart pan with butter and pour the cake batter in.

Bake at 175 C (350 F) for about 20 – 25 minutes.

If desired sprinkle the cake with some powder sugar.

Simple, Easy and Yummy!

Bon Appétit!

cake preparation

cake batter

chocolate cake with hazelnuts

chocolate cake with hazelnuts


16 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts

  1. Happy Spring to you Sibella. I can’t wait to see some of your painting or sketches you have drawn. I love chocolate and hazelnuts and your recipe from a German cooking book, you know it has to be good. This cake looks almost like a brownie in consistency. Delicious. Have a super weekend. BAM

    1. Hello Bobbi,
      So good to hear from you! 🙂 I just started a new painting this past Tuesday, it will be fun working on it. You are right about this cake, it is very similar to brownies, but not as moist and hazelnuts give it a bit of crunch. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend my friend! XO

  2. I love the simplicity of this cake, Sibella, as well as the surprise ingredient–the hazelnuts. Any cake without icing has got to be extra delicious to stand on its own, and this one sounds like it would.

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