When my husband was little his Grandma made him a cake for his birthday. He declared it his favourite and from then on she would make it for him on every birthday and any special occasion. The tradition went even so far that the cake was renamed after him and I think his sister was jealous, because she did not get that special honour.
I have learned to be careful when I promise to make a “special” recipe for my husband, because I don’t always get it right. Who knew for example that his Mom makes a carrot cake with chocolate icing?
Luckily the Bavarian Cake comes very close to what his Grandma used to bake for him and our children like it too.
200g brown sugar
200g ground hazelnuts
200g ground semi-sweet chocolate*
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
200g semi-sweet chocolate
25g coconut oil
* Chopped nuts and chocolate chips work as well, but that naturally changes the texture of the cake.
Preheat oven at 350 F/ 180 C degrees.
Butter and flour cake pan.
Beat sugar and butter until creamy, add eggs one at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add chocolate, nuts, flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Beat until well combined.
Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 1 h 10 to 15 minutes.
Let cool, remove from pan.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil in double boiler. Frost the cake with the warm chocolate.
You can find an easy to print pdf document here.