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German Carrot-Hazelnut Cake

Yield 1 (10-inch) cake


  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 2/3 cups finely grated carrot
  • 2 2/3 cups ground hazelnuts or pecans
  • 2/3 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • Chocolate Glaze

How to Make It

  1. Beat egg whites and salt at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating until stiff.

  2. Beat egg yolks and 1/4 cup hot water at medium-high speed until foamy. Gradually add remaining 2/3 cup sugar; beat 3 minutes or until thick and pale.

  3. Stir carrot and next 7 ingredients into yolk mixture; fold in egg white mixture. Pour batter into a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.

  4. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove sides of pan, and cool completely on a wire rack. Spread top and sides with Chocolate Glaze.