Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Are you looking for a healthy and delicious chocolate cake recipe this Easter? One that is raw, vegan, paleo, free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy, as well as easy to make? Well hello there amazingly rich and creamy Raw Choc Hazelnut Cake, with just a little hint of orange.
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 5Hours
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 5Hours
Ingredients
Base Layer
Middle Layer
Chocolate Topping
Instructions
  1. Place all of the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press the base firmly and evenly into the cake tin and place in the freezer.
  2. Next make the middle layer by blending the cashews, maple syrup and coconut milk until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the food processor occasionally. Be patient, this may take a few minutes.
  3. Add the remaining middle layer ingredients and blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour this mixture on top of the base and return the pan to the freezer.
  4. To make the chocolate glaze for topping the cake, place all of the chocolate topping ingredients (except for the extra hazelnuts and orange zest used for decoration) into a small bowl and stir for a couple of minutes until very smooth. Pour over the cake and return to the freezer to set for 4 hours, or even overnight.
  5. Take the cake out of the freezer for about 15 minutes to soften slightly before slicing. Decorate with chopped hazelnuts and thin strips of orange zest. It keeps in the freezer beautifully for up to 3 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Optional Ideas:

  • Replacing the hazelnuts with pecans, walnuts or almonds would also be delicious.
  • Try another nut or seed butter instead of hazelnut butter, such as almond, cashew or macadamia.
  • If you would like to increase the orange flavour in the cake add a few drops of orange extract or food grade orange oil.

*Maple and coconut syrups are quite a bit sweeter than rice syrup.  Use whichever natural sweetener you prefer.

**At The Health Emporium we have nut butters machines and make freshly ground nut butters, including hazelnut.  Hazelnut butter from a jar will work as a substitute, as will other nut butters.