Need a dessert to impress? This Chocolate Meringue Cake will do the trick!
Chocolate Meringue Cake
The things that intimidate us in the kitchen can be a bit silly, can’t they? After all these years of baking, my list has gotten shorter, but there are still a few things that make me shy away from certain recipes.
I first found this recipe a few years ago and bookmarked it to try. Since then, I looked at it every few months and tried to talk myself into making it. The thought of making that big, tall meringue always made me delay making it. Now I sincerely wish I’d made this cake as soon as possible!
Of course, there’s no need to fear meringue. It’s not difficult at all if you can manage a mixer for several minutes. I tend to use my hand mixer far more than my stand mixer, but I’d encourage you to use your stand mixer for making the meringue because of the mixing time involved.
In fact, this is a fairly simple cake to make. Getting your ingredients prepped and ready might take longer than the actual mixing portion. Once you have everything ready to get started, it goes pretty quickly.
This flourless cake is all about the chocolate. It’s dense yet soft and so very chocolate-y. If I can give you a word of warning, it’s that this is one rich cake. You’re going to want to cut small slices. But that makes it go a little further and feed a larger group of people.
The meringue on top is a great alternative to frosting or a glaze. And I love that the meringue is filled with chocolate and hazelnuts! The little bits of chocolate throughout the meringue give it a lovely look and even bigger chocolate flavor. And the unexpected crunch from the hazelnuts is just perfect.
This is not what most would consider a traditionally pretty cake, but I think it’s just lovely. I wholeheartedly approve of desserts that don’t have to be perfect. The top is going to crack and sink. The slices may not stay perfectly formed as you serve it. But that’s exactly as it should be. Once you take a bite, the amazing flavor is all you’ll need.