This old Turkish recipe has been modernised with Sprite. The hazelnuts will all rise to the top of the cake giving a scrumptious and crunchy top coat.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C. Whip up the icing sugar and eggs until they are thoroughly mixed.
To that mixture, slowly and preferably about 50 ml per addition add the Sprite. Making sure you are mixing the ingredients with a wooden spoon and swirling slowly.
In the third step add the flour through a sieve. This will make the flour more airy and your cake fluffier. Add the hazelnuts to the mixture.
Lightly grease the cake tin then sprinkle some of the sugar inside the tin. This will give a great texture to the bottom and sides of the cake. Place the cake batter in the tin.
Place the tin in your pre-heated oven for roughly 40-45 minutes. For the Sprite to work its magic please do not open the oven door unless you are sure the cake is baked.
If you sit the ingredients out in the room temperature 15 minutes before cooking they blend better.
- Some lemon and orange peel works well.
- You can set some of the batter aside, mix that with cocoa powder and add to the mixture before it is baked to get a marble cake effect.
- Caramelise the remaining hazelnuts and sugar to decorate the cake.