Homemade Chocolate Cake


I make this cake for my son for his birthday every year. You can use any kind of ground nuts, like walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds, and decorate it with berries or candy as you like.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ⅛ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 cup finely ground hazelnuts

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 5 ½ ounces creme fraiche

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ cup strawberries or other berries for decorating


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a heart-shaped baking dish or a fluted tube pan.

  2. Beat butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar 1/4 cup at a time, and mix in well. Add eggs 1 at a time, and mix well after each addition. Add ground nuts, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and creme fraiche to batter and mix well after each addition.

  3. Sift flour and baking powder together into a bowl; mix into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

  5. Place chocolate chips in a large bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as the cream boils up to the top of the pan, quickly remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips in the bowl. Let stand for a minute or two, then stir with a whisk until smooth. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl occasionally. Stir in vanilla extract until well blended. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of ganache and allow to cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

  6. Pour ganache over the cooled cake and allow to dry for a few minutes. Decorate cake with candy or fruit.

Cook's Note:

You can use a stand mixer in Step 5, if you prefer. Place chocolate chips in the bowl of the stand mixer and pour hot cream on top before mixing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

700 Calories
51g Fat
59g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 700
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g 66%
Saturated Fat 29g 146%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 253mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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