Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Serves Enough for 8 people

I confess – I’m a chocolate addict. Anyone with me here? I eat it every day. I love dark chocolate the most and I love it combined with nuts, nut butter, coconut oil, goji berries, anything really!

I grew up a Nutella kid! I mean didn’t we all? The creamy, smooth, chocolate nutty spread was my go-to food (that’s if you can actually call it a food). I’d eat it for breakfast on toast, I’d spread it on plain bread instead of butter and top it with hundreds and thousands (yep I did that often). I’d spread it on plain biscuits and make an Italian crostata cake with it. But my favourite snack as a kid was to dip a teaspoon into the Nutella jar. I’d pop it in the freezer and after 20 minutes it it out and slowly suck on the Nutella spoon. OMG! How can one spread be so versatile.

I don’t eat Nutella anymore (insert very sad face). It’s not vegan and it’s not really a healthy spread. I created this cake so that I can still get my Nutella fix. It was amazing. Seriously you have to make this cake. It’s so simple and quick to make and you will be in heaven, I promise. And for all the Nutella lovers out there that are vegan, there are loads on vegan hazelnut spreads on the market now. Yippee!

Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Serves Enough for 8 people


  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 170 grams oat biscuits
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Mousse
  • 300 grams silken tofu
  • 220 grams dark vegan chocolate
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoon hazelnut extract




Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this cake suitable for vegans, and what are the key ingredients?

This cake is vegan-friendly because it doesn't contain any animal-derived ingredients. The key vegan elements are: - **Silken Tofu:** It's used in the mousse to provide a creamy texture without dairy products. - **Dark Vegan Chocolate:** The recipe incorporates dairy-free dark chocolate. - **Maple Syrup:** Instead of honey or other non-vegan sweeteners, maple syrup is used. - **Hazelnut Extract:** This adds the distinctive hazelnut flavor without using animal extracts.

Can you provide some tips for peeling hazelnuts effectively?

Peeling hazelnuts can be a bit of a task, but here's a helpful tip: after roasting the hazelnuts, let them cool slightly, then place them in a clean kitchen towel. Rub the hazelnuts together gently within the towel, and you'll find that the shells start to fall away. Continue this process until most of the shells are removed.

How long does it take for the mousse to set in the fridge or freezer?

The mousse will typically take about three hours to set in the fridge. However, if you're in a hurry or can't wait to dig in, you can speed up the process by placing it in the freezer. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't become too firm; you want it to be creamy and mousse-like in texture.

Are there any alternative toppings or accompaniments you'd recommend for this cake?

While this hazelnut chocolate mousse cake is delightful on its own or served with plain coconut ice cream, you can get creative with toppings or accompaniments. Some ideas include: - **Fresh Berries:** Top the cake with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or other berries for a burst of fruity goodness. - **Nutty Crunch:** Sprinkle chopped toasted hazelnuts, almonds, or other nuts on top for added texture and flavor. - **Dusting of Cocoa:** A light dusting of cocoa powder can enhance the chocolatey experience. Feel free to personalize the cake to suit your preferences and make it even more enticing!