HAZELNUT, COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

Yields12 Servings
 3 tbsp instant espresso coffee
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 2 tbsp oil
 100 g blanched hazelnuts
 300 g plain flour
 200 g soft unsalted butter
 250 g golden caster sugar
 100 g light brown soft sugar
 4 large eggs
 2 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp fine sea salt
 250 ml buttermilk
 200 g Nutella
 2 tbsp golden syrup
 40 g unsalted butter
 3 tbsp double cream
1

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4 and grease a 25cm bundt tin or a deep 23cm round cake tin, with a little butter

2

Dissolve the coffee in 2 tablespoons of boiling water, stir in the vanilla and oil and set aside; whiz the hazelnuts with half the flour in a food processor until finely ground

3

Put the butter and sugars in a large bowl and whisk together until pale and fluffy; beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour between eggs to avoid curdling; in another bowl, mix the rest of the flour, the hazelnut flour mixture, baking powder and salt; stir in half these dry ingredients, followed by the coffee mixture and half the buttermilk; repeat – add the remaining dry stuff and the last of the buttermilk

4

Pour the mixture into the greased tin, then bake on a middle shelf for 55 minutes or one hour, until a skewer comes out clean; cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack; leave to cool completely

5

To make the glaze, sit the wire rack with your cake on, over a clean tray to catch extra icing; put the Nutella, syrup, butter and cream in a small pan and melt together over a low heat; once runny, but not boiling, quickly transfer to a jug; pour the glaze over the whole cake; allow to set for 15 minutes

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