I'm looking to bake a hazelnut cake for a birthday. It does not have to be flourless, like a torte, although that would be fine as well.
I had a similar kind of cake at a bakery that was marketed as a "pralines and cream" cake - it was a soft, fluffy, nutty flavoured sponge cake with a cream frosting. It was not too sweet. I would like to find a recipe for something similar. However, it is also fine if the cake also involves chocolate in some way (one can ever go wrong with chocolate!), although I would prefer if hazelnut was the dominant flavour in the cake base.
I am fairly comfortable with baking, but the only problem is I do not own an electric mixer of any sort and I am sort of wary of using a recipe that uses beaten egg whites for lift.
I have looked at numerous recipes online and I am sure I can cobble something together, but I would really like to see any tried and true recipes you may have. Thanks!