Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut cake (Gluten Free)

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A few years ago I made a Torta Caprese, which is basically a one layer Italian Chocolate Almond Flour Cake sprinkled with a decorative confectioner’s sugar. Ever since then, I’ve wondered what would happen if I replaced the almond flour with hazelnut flour. Could I get that “nutella” taste? Would it be just as good?

How Delicious is Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cake?

When I first made this cake, I made the all butter version and took it to my church connect group. This is a group of about 30 people that bring lots of delicious food around a theme every two weeks. This was Italian week, and because I’m the food blogger, the pressure is always on. I didn’t know if this nuanced one-layer cake would be popular or not. After a few minutes, I noticed it was gone and people were begging for the recipe. That let me know I needed to share this recipe with you.

Hazelnut flour is expensive and that deterred me for the longest time. I decided to make my own hazelnut flour which was easier than ever

Italian Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cake from Spinach Tiger

How Do I make Hazelnut Flour?

I didn’t blanch or fret over skins on the hazelnuts like I do when when I make almond flour.  I roasted them first to increase the hazelnut flavor. I then put them in the food processor which resulted in a hazelnut meal that was fine enough for this cake. It’s okay that it’s not as finely ground as the nut flours you can buy, as this only adds to the texture of the cake in a good way.

What kind of chocolate do I use for a chocolate hazelnut cake?

When baking cakes, I like to use a dark Belgium 72% chocolate I get at Trader Joe’s. You can use Lily’s sugar free chocolate for a lower carb count or my favorite sugar free which is Choc Zero dark chocolate chips.  I am not referring to this dessert as a keto dessert, because of the chocolate I prefer to use.

Keto Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

How does hazelnut flour compare to almond flour when baking?

I have baked a lot with almond flour and it seems they bake the same. Almond flour is slightly less expensive, so I wouldn’t choose hazelnut flour for baking unless I specifically wanted that hazelnut flavor as I do in this hazelnut chocolate torte.

Ingredients for Chocolate Hazelnut cake

Why did I not use baking powder in this chocolate hazelnut cake?

This is not a cake that needs to rise, as the beauty of it is its crumbly texture. However, I experimented with it replacing the butter with avocado oil, which will naturally result is a less dense cake that will rise higher than an all butter cake. You can also replace with an organic extra virgin olive oil.  

Are Hazelnuts Healthy?

Yes. Hazelnuts are healthy.  They are rich source of Omega 3’s, high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E. Hazelnuts aid in muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health. They have a high fat content, can go rancid and will stay fresh if refrigerated for up to six months.

Italian Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cake from Spinach Tiger

How do I Serve this Chocolate Hazelnut Cake?

I love this cake with a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar ( I use Swerve) and some strawberries. I’m not sure why strawberries go so well with hazelnuts but they do!

You can also serve this with stabilized whipped cream. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Flourless Cake

Chocolate and Hazelnut Flour Cake
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 5 eggs separated
  • 8 ounces melted chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Swerve powdered erythritol
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter see notes
  • 2 cups hazelnut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Tools Used in this Recipe


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare one 9 inch pan with baking spray or butter.
  • Separate Eggs. Make sure you do each egg in an individual bowl. Break egg into bowl. Lift out yolk. Save in separate bowl. Pour this egg white into the bowl you’ll be mixing. Do this with each egg white just in case one of the yolks breaks.
  • Beat until soft peaks form and the egg whites resemble marshmallow cream.
  • In meantime, melt chocolate by placing stainless steel bowl over a saucepan that has two inches water at a simmer.
  • Once egg whites are mixed, transfer to a bowl. Clean mixer.
  • Mix hazelnut flour, coconut flour, salt in mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and swerve (or sugar) in mixer until smooth.
  • Add egg yolks and mix well.
  • Add melted chocolate.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add in dry ingredients.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Use an offset spatula to smooth out batter.
  • Bake in center of oven for 30 minutes. Test cake with cake tester. It should come out clean.
  • Cool completely before cutting.

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  1. You didn’t include how much vanilla to add… I had to guess. Cake is in the oven now and I hope it turns out. It was very grainy when it was mixed, not like I am used to with almond flour. So hopefully it comes out well.

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