Hazelnut cake, sandwiched together with chocolate and hazelnut spread, coated in white chocolate ganache.
Easter has coincided with my boyfriends birthday this year, so I decided to make him an Easter themed birthday cake!
I had a browse around on Pinterest and I found these amazing tutorials for making a speckled egg cake, and I think they look fantastic so I decided to try and make one myself.
My cake is hazelnut and chocolate flavour, so I have made a hazelnut cake, sandwiched together with chocolate hazelnut spread. I used a white chocolate ganache for the icing so that I would be able to colour it for the speckled egg effect.
The speckled egg icing actually really easy and fun! You just ice as normal and then splatter the cake with a cocoa powder paint to give the speckly effect, the kitchen was a bit of a mess though!
Variations: you could use any flavours you want in this cake!
Ingredients: Serves 12-14
- 300g butter
- 150g soft brown sugar
- 150g caster sugar
- 6 eggs
- 200g chopped hazelnuts
- 300g self raising flour
- 150g chocolate hazelnut spread
- 600g white chocolate
- 200ml double cream
- blue gel food colouring
- 50g cocoa powder
- chocolate eggs
Grease and line three 23cm cake tins, preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream together the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Fold in the eggs one at a time followed by the chopped hazelnuts and flour.
Spoon into the prepared tins and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the white chocolate ganache, melt together the chocolate and cream in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until the chocolate has fully melted, then stir in the food colouring until it reaches the desired shade of blue.
Cover with clingfilm so that the top of the ganache is toughing the film. Leave to cool to body temperature for a few hours.
whisk the ganache for a few minutes with a hand-held electric mixer until light and creamy. Cover with clingfilm again and leave to reach room temperature.
Place one of the sponges on an icing turntable. Pipe a ring of ganache around the edge of the sponge, then fill the middle with a few tbsp of chocolate hazelnut spread. -repeat with the next two sponges.
Cover the outside of the cake with a thick layer of ganache. then use a scraper to straighten out all the edges.
Smooth out the ganache by warming up a metal spatula in hot water and then using this to smooth out and unwanted lumps and bumps.
Once you are happy with the finish of your ganache you can move on to the speckle decoration!
Mix the cocoa powder with a few tbsp of water until it forms a loose pain like consistency.
Use a clean paintbrush and dip in in your chocolate paint. tap off the excess and then hold the paintbrush with one hand and tap with your fingers to make flecks of pain scatter off the brush – practice on some greaseproof paper before you get to work on the cake!
Use the chocolate paint to decorate the top and sides of the cake until you are happy with the speckley effect.
Finally decorate with some chocolate eggs and the cake is ready to serve!