This cake was traditionally a birthday cake in my friends home. Her mother is from Hungary and only has this recipe in her head! Now it will be preserved . . . Note: hazelnuts may be toasted or un-toasted. The skins may be removed or left on.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 12 ounces hazelnuts
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 egg yolks
- 5/8 cup white sugar
- 6 egg whites
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1/8 cup chopped hazelnuts, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch springform pan. Grind hazelnuts until very fine. Add baking powder and set aside.
In a large bowl, whip the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow in color. Beat in the ground hazelnut mixture.
In a separate CLEAN bowl, with a CLEAN whisk, whip the egg whites until stiff. Quickly fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture, then add the remaining whites and fold in until no streaks remain.
Pour into a 9 inch springform. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 75 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when lightly tapped. Cool on wire rack.
When cake is cool, slice horizontally into 3 layers. Whip the cream until stiff, and spread generously between layers, on top and on the sides of the cake. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top for decoration.