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Hazelnut Cake with Praline and Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Recipe bytanya_aj

This decadent hazelnut-chocolate layer cake from baker John Barricelli's "The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook" is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: Serve for an elegant birthday dessert or showstopping end to any meal.


For The Hazelnut Sponge Cake
1/4 cup whole hazelnuts
3/4 cup sugar
9 tablespoons cake flour
6 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon almond extract
3/4 cup vegetable oil
For The Milk Chocolate Buttercream
5 large egg whites
1 1/3 cups sugar
Pinch of coarse salt
1 pound unsalted butter, firm but not chilled, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with 2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup praline paste



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