Saturday, 18 February 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Truffles

To celebrate my blog's third birthday and to give to CT as a Valentine's gift, what could be more appropriate than chocolate truffles? The excellent hazelnut sherry cake was so large that it lasted us the whole week. By day eight, I had one slice left and it was starting to look a little dry - just right to be turned into cake truffles. As it happened, I received my chocolate competition win in time for the big day, so featured that instead of the truffles.

As I didn't take note of quantities and can no longer remember exactly, this is an approximation of what I did:
  • Creamed 1/2 oz unsalted butter with 1oz icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Added a glug of hazelnut oil and creamed some more.
  • Blitzed the cake leftovers in the coffee grinder - I did this rather than crumble the cake because of the large pieces of hazelnut contained in the cake.
  • Beat the crumbs into the creamed mixture until well incorporated.
  • Added a sloosh of hazelnut syrup (I expect frangelico would have been good, but I don't have any of that) and mixed some more.
  • Placed teaspoonfuls of the mixture into 13 round chocolate moulds and pressed in firmly - could have just rolled between hands to form balls, but I wanted something a bit more uniform for a change.
  • Left to cool for half an hour - there was no need to put these in the fridge as my kitchen was virtually freezing at the time.
  • Melted 100g G&B cooks 72% dark chocolate in a pan over hot water.
  • Removed the cake balls from the mould and dipped them into the chocolate.
  • Placed suitably chosen love hearts on the top and left to set.
CT was delighted to receive this bounty. Here's what he said in between mouthfuls. "From the ridiculous to the sublime with the fizzy love heart, which is frankly a pink stained toothed kiddy sweet to a truly delicious, sophisticated, nutty, delectable truffle. Two ends of the spectrum of sweets, represented - from utterly artificial to something hand crafted and made with care and love. It's artisan chocolate, but fun!

The truffles had good chocolate shells which had just the right crispness about them, cracking in a satisfying way to release the treasure within. They had a heady hazelnut flavour with a smooth mouthfeel punctuated by granular pieces of hazelnut which gave a good contrast. The ganache itself wad , in CTs words authentic, not some generic paste. The following day, CT said rather despondently "very sorry to see the end of those".

I'm submitting this to Caroline and Ros's Alpha Bakes hosted this month by The More than Occasional Baker - L is for Love!

57 comments:

  1. These look great and inventive. I made truffle for the first time yesterday, I had a small disaster with the ganache splitting, but managed to rescue it. I bet these tasted great.

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    1. Thank you James. Ganache can be so temperamental - I've had it split on me on numerous occasions and then other times it works fine. Well done for rescuing it.

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  2. They are so brilliant! I love Love Hearts but I'm not convinced they'd taste great with the chocolate. They do look bloody brilliant though x

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    1. Dom, no the combination didn't really do it for me either, but they looked good and seemed the right sort of thing to do for Feb 14th.

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  3. These look fabulous! And I'm sure they were delicious. I've always wanted to attempt making my own truffles. Great idea for Valentines!

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    1. Thank you Clare. Cake truffles are a good way to start - they taste really good and are a lot easier than ganache truffles.

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  4. At first I thought you had little labels on them and that they must have been bought but when I saw how you did it I thought it was very clever - and I love your creativity in reimagining your last slice of cake - sometimes the last slice is just not too attractive when a cake sits around for a while (as can happen here too) but truffles always look great - love yours

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    1. Thank you Johanna. Your comment put a smile on my face - perhaps I could go into business ;-)

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  5. They are so cute. We had a great time eating the love hearts from our gingerbread house, there is something delightful about childhood sweets ;-) Jude x

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    1. It's all that nostalgia Jude. First time I'd had love hearts since I was a child and it was fun.

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  6. Ooooo very cute... a good use for left over cake!! I like the love hearts on top too!

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    1. Thanks Laura. You mean you have left over cake too?

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  7. What a fantastic entry to AlphaBakes - thank you!! L is definitely for Love. I used a lot of love hearts this year as well. These truffles look divine and I love CT's comments :)

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    1. Thanks Ros. CT has a certain, err, way with words!

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  8. What a creative way to use up the rest of your cake. The love hearts add a fun touch, perfect for valentine's day. Happy Birthday to your blog!

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  9. Lushballs! They look brilliant and taste the same as well I should think. I took to eating left over Lovehearts and maltesers together (Got a bit addictive)and I reckon it's a joyous taste sensation :)

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    1. Dave, the thought of love hearts and maltesers being a joyous sensation had me giggling for some time.

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  10. What a marvelous idea ! So cute especially those hearts! Very creative as always! :)

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  11. They look lovely, I keep meaning to make truffles!

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    1. Oh yes C, do give them a go - surely you have some left over cake sometimes.

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  12. It's so reassuring to read that you didn't take a note of exactly what you did! That is what often happens to me as I cook by instinct most of the time rather than by specific measurements.
    Love the lovehearts on top, brilliant!

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    1. I very rarely use recipes for cooking, usually it's only if I'm trying something new to impress guests. It does make it difficult though, when people ask for a recipe you've made.

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  13. I meant to say the truffles are wonderful too!

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  14. The perfect Valentine's Day gift! I remember those fizzy lollies from childhood, nice to see them in a grown-up context! :)

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    1. Well sort of grown-up. I think that's what CT felt was so funny - kid meets adult and it was a very strange sensation!

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  15. I love the idea of using leftover cake for truffles! I've had so many left-over chocolate cakes lying about in my fridge (getting more dry by the day) and eventually I can't force myself to eat another bite! But truffles...now that's something I could handle :)

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    1. You are the perfect candidate to make cake truffles and should be able to come up with all sorts of inventive recipes with ALL that left over cake ;-)

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  16. What a delicious way of refreshing some leftover cake. Love the added hazelnut flavours. I always think they go so well with chocolate

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    1. Thanks Katie. I'm a fan of chocolate and hazelnut too :)

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  17. Absolutely loving the 'love heart' sweetie decoration. Total perfection ;0)

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    1. Thanks Chele - I was quite charmed too ;-)

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  18. What a GREAT idea, I LOVE cake truffles and often make them with stale cake! But these look so elegant and with a big LURVE factor too!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen - the things we do for "lurve"!

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  19. These look extremely lush...I’ll certainly be following in future and thank you again for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment-much appreciated indeed!!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and thanks very much for following too :)

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  20. I like Dave's comment of lushballs! LOL. Cake truffles are on my faves these look cute as I have a thing for love hearts also!

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    1. You're right Dave's lushballs will have to be the new name.

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  21. These look so pretty...and I bet they're pretty tasty too!

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    1. CC, these were very tasty indeed - not that I got much of a look in!

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  22. I'm never 100% sure what I think about cake truffles, but these do look seriously good. Plus I'd hate to see any cake go to waste and this is the perfect way to use up slightly dry leftovers. If we ever have any in our house I'll give these a go!

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    1. Do try home made cake truffles before you give up on them - they taste an awful lot more appealing than they sound, especially if covered in chocolate ;-)

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  23. ooh these look luscious...love the sweet heart decoration...

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  24. What a lovely treat! And a great use of leftover cake (which sadly is a bit of a myth in our house- but I could just make a bigger cake to make these right?!)

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    1. Kate - you've got it in one girl ;-)

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  25. I have found my dream blog -a blog about chocolate! Wow! Thank you for your comment on my blog, much appreciated :)

    These look fab, love the lovehearts decoration! So nostalgic :)

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    1. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. And amazing how much nostalgia can be wrapped up in a little bit of sugar.

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  26. Wow, what an inspiring recipe - will never look at dry cake in the same way!
    Craftilicious x

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    1. Thank you - there's always a good use for cake ;-)

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  27. I've made chocolate truffles before but never cake truffles - they might have to go on the list! A lot like cake pops I guess but without the hassle of trying to get them to stay on the sticks! Thanks for entering Alphabakes - the round-up is now on Ros's blog. Hope to see you in March!

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    1. Thanks Caroline, I've made chocolate truffles too and they are always delicious, but cake truffles are surprisingly good too. Am over to have a look at the round-up now.

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  28. Ha ha love CT's comments!! Great idea for using up left over cake n& any xmas liqueurs too.

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