Sweet Potato Hazelnut Cake

A delicious, moist, fall dessert cake or hot beverage companion. Perfect for a brisk morning, mid-afternoon break, a not too sweet evening dessert or a cozy evening snack. Having folks over for Marsan, Bunko or just to visit, the point is everything is better with a cake.

And this cake lets you indulge while still eating your vegetables and your Hazelnuts. A handful of Hazelnuts a day…tree nuts are good for most of us. Pretty soon you will be adding this recipes to your favorites!


Sweet Potato, Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

Makes 6 -8 servings


1 - 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, resulting in 1 cup mashed
3/4 cup canola oil 2 eggs
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
2 ounces semi­sweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup half and half



Preheat oven to 350.

Bring a medium sized pot of water to boil. Add peeled sweet potato and boil until potato is soft. Drain and let cool slightly, then mash. Measure out 1 cup.

In a large bowl, beat together mashed sweet potatoes and canola oil. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until well blended.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg, and salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sweet potato mixture, mixing until well combined. Finally, add chopped Columbia Empire Farms hazelnuts.

Using a double boiler pot (or two pots stacked together), fill the bottom pot with 2 inches of water. In the top pot, combine chocolate, vanilla extract, and half and half. Turn heat on high and bring water in bottom pot to a boil, stirring the chocolate mixture until it’s fully melted. Remove from heat.

Transfer 1/3 of the sweet potato mixture to melted chocolate and mix until fully blended.

Butter the bottom of a 10 inch bundt cake pan. Pour chocolate mixture in and spread evenly. Next, pour sweet potato mixture in.

Bake for 45 minutes. Test to make sure the thickest part is done. Let cool slightly before flipping.

Credit to oregonhazelnut.org, Recipe and Photo courtesy of Vicky Cassidy thingsimadetoday.com