Happy Birthday, Dad | Hazelnut Espresso Cake with Hazelnut Praline

A week ago, my dad turned 56 and this is the cake I made for his birthday.

My dad loves coffee flavoured things and he also loves snacking on nuts so I thought I’d marry the two together in this simple, but really delicious cake.
Happy birthday to my dad xoxo

Hazelnut Espresso Cake with Hazelnut Praline

200g hazelnuts, toasted

200g plain flour

1 ½ tablespoons baking powder

125g unsalted butter

200g of sugar

3 eggs

125ml strong coffee

125ml milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 10 inch baking tin and set aside.

2. Process the toasted hazelnuts until very fine in a food processor. Add the flour and baking powder and give it another whizz. Tip out the nut and flour mixture and set aside.

3. In the food processor, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one by one until well combined.

4. Add the nut and flour mixture and give it another whizz until just combined.

5. Add the milk and coffee and whizz until the mix until just combined.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Decorate the cake with the buttercream and hazelnut praline.


50g unsalted butter, softened

2 cups icing sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons of milk

1 tablespoon of strong coffee

In a bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar. Add the milk and coffee until nice and fluffy.

Hazelnut Praline

50g hazelnuts, toasted

100g caster sugar

1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

2. Combine the sugar and a tablespoon of water in a small saucepan. Swirl the pan to ensure the sugar is coated with the water.

3. Bring to the boil over medium heat and cook until a deep caramel brown colour develops. Be careful not to burn it!

4. Add the hazelnuts, quickly swirl the pan to coat the nuts and tip it out onto the prepared baking tray.

5. Allow to set and smash it up in pieces with a big knife. Use to decorate the cake.

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That looks a lovely cake and made extra special by that hazelnut praline – yummy! Like how you paired hazelnuts with the coffee instead of the usual walnuts or pecans. I’ll have to try that

Totally yummy! Can i take this with coffee :D

I have been drawn to hazelnut recipes lately… this one looks so delicious. Is it me or has there been a boost in espresso and coffee recipes as well lately?

Happy birthday to your dad! This looks like something my Daddy would love as well :)

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the contrast of red + brown. Looks quite tasty as well.


This sounds like my type of cake. I love the hazelnut praline on top!

This recipe looks sooo good. I’m going to give it a try this weekend when my friends are visiting. I’m sure they will all love it. :-)

What a neat blog and the photos are amazing! ;)

Hope you have a great weekend! ;D


Love the idea of praline in the cake in addition to all the hazelnut flour in there. I’m wondering whether a cream cheese frosting or a mocha-mascarpone frosting would taste good with this cake!



Woahhhh I just found you from flickr! Are you real? O_O cuz you cooking so well and taking so many beautiful pictures! :D

So now I’m going to put hazelnut praline on EVERYTHING. This looks delicious and I’m sure your dad loved it!


I am very jealous of that cake I wish my daughter cook me a cake like that, I will send her a free text at http://www.textme4free.com/



What a cake! You no doubt made the man very very happy.

just beautiful :)

I love candy variations!

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