Mandarin Hazelnut Chocolate Cake


Mandarin Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

Have your cake and eat it too with this healthy version of an old favourite. By Nutritionist and Health Editor Melissa Fine

Ingredients

  • 4-6 mandarins (400g approx) plus 1 extra, to serve
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 200g ground hazelnuts (hazelnut meal)
  • 1 cup Natvia/Stevia
  • 50g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Place whole mandarins (including rind) in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 hours.
  2. Drain. When cool enough to handle, cut in half and remove pips.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C and spray a spring-form pan with oil.
  4. Process mandarins in a blender, then add eggs, baking powder, bicarb soda, ground hazelnuts, Natvia and cocoa powder. Blend to a smooth batter.
  5. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin.
  6. Peel remaining mandarin, removing all the white pith, slice thinly and decorate cake.

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