Under the candy-bar coating of chocolate and nuts, this cake from Nathaniel Reid Bakery in St. Louis is flavored with ground hazelnuts and hazelnut butter (easily made in a food processor in one step), plus a whisper of orange and lemon zest. Note: If you don't have a food processor, make the cake with toasted almond flour and almond butter instead.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
6 hrs 30 mins
1 8x4-inch pound cake


Ingredient Checklist


Hazelnut and Milk Chocolate Pound Cake
  • For cake: Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Make the hazelnut flour and butter (above right).

  • In a light-color (such as stainless steel) saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. (A light color allows you to more easily see how the butter is browning.) Continue to cook, stirring until butter turns golden brown and brown specks form in bottom of pan. Set aside, but don't allow to cool much.

  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, almond flour, all-purpose flour, hazelnut flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, hazelnut butter, honey and orange and lemon zests. Whisk egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Slowly whisk in the warm browned butter. Spread batter in prepared pan.

  • Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack, then wrap in foil and freeze at least 2 hours.

  • For topping: In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat. Add chopped hazelnuts and canola oil. Cool to room temperature. Place cake on a wire rack over a sheet of wax paper. Spoon topping over frozen cake. Decorate with candied orange slices. (If planning to decorate with fresh zest, wait until right before serving.) Let cake stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving.

*Hazelnut Flour and Butter

Place 1 cup toasted hazelnuts in a food processor. Cover and pulse just until finely ground; remove 1/4 cup of ground nuts. That's your hazelnut flour. Cover and process remaining flour on high for about 5 minutes or until the consistency of natural peanut butter, scraping down often. Reserve 1 tablespoon hazelnut butter for cake; cover and store remaining hazelnut butter for another use, adding a pinch of salt for flavor if desired. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

434 calories; fat 29g; cholesterol 34mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 40g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 2g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 31g; protein 7g; vitamin a 388.8IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; folate 20.4mcg; sodium 203mg; potassium 130mg; calcium 79mg; iron 1.4mg.