White Chocolate and Hazelnut Mud Cake with Hazelnut Macaron and White Chocolate Rings

October 11th, 2009

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For my lovely Nick…

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I wanted to create something quite special for my wedding anniversary. I didn’t get to eat much of the wedding cake on the day, or the day after, and I’m not sure how well it will have kept from a year ago (as we froze the top layer of the cake).

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We had a white chocolate hazelnut cake for our wedding and for more than a year I have been wanting to make one. I decided to make some hazelnut macarons and white chocolate rings to add some depth and interest to the cake.
Both the mud cake and macarons tasted fantastic. The mud cake had subtle white chocolate and hazelnut flavours, without being too sweet. It was moist and kept very well. The macaron had a lovely noticeable hazelnut flavour, perfectly chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.

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The macarons were left to form a shell, and I’m not sure whether it had too much moisture or hazelnuts to cause cracking of the top of the macaron or whether the oven played any part in this.

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My tempering wasn’t perfect, I heated 2/3 of the (180g block) white chocolate to 43C over a double boiler, added the other 1/3 and cooled to 29C (which took a while) then heated to 31C. The white chocolate still snapped when set, but wasn’t as shiny as I’d hoped.

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To make the white chocolate rings, I cut out strips of projector film, coated them in tempered white chocolate, let them set for a bit, then curled them up in a circular cookie cutter. For the flower ring, I punched flowers out of the film using a craft paper puncher.

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To another lovely year… and many more to come…

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White Chocolate and Hazelnut Mud Cake

(Cake recipe by kel11 on HubPages)

350g white chocolate pieces
225g butter
600ml water
3 eggs
400g castor sugar
325g self-raising flour
75g hazelnut meal

Grease and line a 23cm/ 9” round cake tin (use a non-spring-tin as it will probably leak a little). Preheat oven to 170ºC, 150ºC fan forced.

In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate, butter and water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Gradually beat cooled chocolate mixture into eggs. Whisk sugar and flour into chocolate mixture, continue until smooth and well blended.

Pour mixture into cake tin. Cook for 1½ to 2 hours (the recipe says 45 minutes, but this was way too short for my oven) or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. (Cover with some foil if the cake is browning too much on the edges).

Turn cake onto wire rack to cool. Spread top with chocolate ganache when cooled.

White Chocolate Ganache

180g white chocolate
1/3 cup thickened cream
+ 2-3 tablespoons cold cream extra

Put the white chocolate and cream in a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring half way through. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Using an electric beater, beat the white chocolate mix for 2-3 minutes. Add extra cream to help cool down the mix and help it thicken easier. Beat on high for 2 minutes at a time, scrapping and observing the texture. Once it is nice and thick cover the cooled cake with the ganache.

Hazelnut Macarons

5 egg whites, aged overnight
50g caster sugar
300g icing sugar
100g almond meal
80g hazelnut meal

Sift the icing sugar with the almond meal and hazelnut meal – discard any large bits.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the caster sugar while continually beating until a thick glossy meringue mixture is formed. Add the sifted icing sugar and meals and stir and fold into the meringue. The mixture needs to be firm enough so it doesn’t lose all the air and structure, and soft enough that peaks are not evident when piped out.

Pipe out macaron mix into 3-4cm circles on baking paper and let sit at room temperature for 30minutes – 1hour. Preheat oven to 170C.

Cook macarons for 15-20minutes until crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Let the macarons sit on the tray for a few minutes, before carefully removing them and leaving them to finish cooling on a wire rack.

When cooled, fill with white chocolate ganache.

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30 Comments

  1. Y says:

    Happy Anniversary! Great cake! I like the way you made the white chocolate rings with the flower pattern!

  2. Anh says:

    Congratulation on the anniversary! And this dessert is magnificant, really!

  3. Allison says:

    Happy anniversary! It looks like a beautiful cake for a beautiful celebration.

  4. shez says:

    What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary! I love how much effort you’ve put into the cake – and the aesthetics! Gorgeous! Sounds far better than eating defrosted wedding cake 🙂

  5. Betty says:

    This looks amazing and sounds delicious! What a great treat! Happy anniversary 🙂

  6. These white chocolate decorations are so beautiful! Good job 🙂 Happy Anniversary!!

  7. What a beautiful dessert, especially with your chocolate decorations! Happy anniversary!

  8. Barbara says:

    I don’t remember tasting my wedding cake either…. I know I did- there are pictures! Every bride probably says the same thing.
    You did a beautiful job with the white chocolate forms- very impressive! And if it tasted good too, then you had a great anniversary! The roses are the most delicious color!

  9. Cakelaw says:

    Happy anniversary!!! What a gorgeous cake – stunning presentation. And isn’t Nick wonderful for giving you such lovely roses.

  10. FFichiban says:

    Niiccee job!! They look so professional! and Happy Anniversary ^^!

  11. Mum says:

    Anita, the photographs are just brilliant!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate your 1st Wedding Anniversary!

  12. Trisha says:

    Oh wow macarons!!!! Everyone’s doing them now and I’m just mad scared to give them a go! Maybe one day… but I need to allocate a whole day to myself for this one in case of hiccups!

  13. Juliana says:

    Oh! What a pretty dessert, so elegant….and Happy Anniversary, indeed very special 🙂

  14. Brenda says:

    Oh my this looks beautiful! Your husband is a lucky man : )
    Congrats on your anniversary

  15. What a lovely idea to celebrate your first anniversary. Just wonderful. I wish I could have one of those macarons!

  16. The cake sounds delicious, and that’s a beautiful macaron!

  17. This is a beautiful work of art! Happy Anniversary!

  18. Happy Anniversary Anita! 😀 What a beautiful way to celebrate it too-I love all of the intricate details 😀

  19. That’s such a lovely idea! Happy anniversary! 🙂

  20. Rosa says:

    Very pretty and sooooo delicious looking!

    Happy Anniversary!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  21. Happy anniversary Nick and Anita! What a lovely surprise, from both of you, the cake from you and the flowers from nick! You’ve done such a lovely job, I wish I was that talented!

  22. Leona says:

    Anita your creations are out of this world! This looks like a something from a patisserie. Congrats on the wedding anniversary great way to reminisce especially since you didnt get to have much cake on your day.

  23. Trissa says:

    Hi Anita
    What a beautiful cake. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby. He is so lucky to have such a great baker/cook for a wife!

  24. Sophie says:

    You are a master in desserts!! this is one fabulous & ooh soo tasty looking dessert!!

    MARVELLOUS!!!!

  25. Happy Anniversay! Lovely macarons, I love your flavor combination. What a gorgeous creation!

  26. sophia says:

    That is the PERFECt cake for a great anniversary! Wow! Your husband must be blessing his lucky stars!

  27. Karine says:

    Your did such an amazing job! Happy Anniversary!

  28. Oh wow what a gorgeous dessert! So clever with the white chocolate shapes too, I’m so impressed 🙂

  29. Rilsta says:

    Happy anniversary! Your cake looks fantastic, especially the white chocolate designs! Very clever to use a craft punch to cut out the flower shapes! Was it messy to clean up?

  30. Nich says:

    Wow, the cake consistence looks really amazing, it seems to be soooo delicate & moist! I can already imargine how tasty it was, and I’ll certainly try to make the same in a short time. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

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