Chocolate Nougat Cake Recipe

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A wonderful lady who baby-sat me as a child gave me a recipe book of her handwritten specialties for a wedding gift. This one is my favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 342 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar until fluffy. Blend in egg yolks and chocolate. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. stir in nuts. Beat egg whites with remaining sugar until stiff peaks form; fold gently into batter.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely.
  3. For frosting, combine all ingredients except vanilla in the top of a double boiler. With an electric mixer, beat on low for 30 seconds. Cook over boiling water for 7 minutes, beating constantly on high until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat 2-3 minutes or until frosting has a spreading consistency. Frost cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Nougat Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p10

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