Rye Lovers Cake

Rye lovers cake
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This may not be everyone’s cup of tea…for this is not your regular sweet tea cake! The whole grain Rye, molasses, cocoa and hazelnut work harmoniously to give this cake, nutty & earthy notes without being overly sweet. If dark chocolate and black coffee is your thing, then you are going to love this!

I have always been wanting to create a cake (bread) with 100% Rye. All the Rye cakes that I have come across have too little rye in the recipe and mostly around 10-50%. So I took the plunge and created my own, just the way I like. I know chocolate cakes are great with rye, so I went along the same line. Chocolate also works well with hazelnut, I thought… So this tea cake was born.

Rye lovers cake

Tea cakes are my jam! May be it’s because, I’m an avid fan of tea (and coffee too). More than the actual beverage, I think I love the idea and the feeling of relaxation around tea time! This cake is ideal with a strong cup of coffee or tea. Because it is not too sweet, I would totally serve this with ice cream as a dessert too.


You can substitute some ingredients, but always keep in mind that every change is going to affect the flavor profile.

Molasses – can be replaced with maple syrup, honey (mild)

Yogurt – can be replaced with low fat yogurt, sour cream, buffalo curd

Hazelnuts – can be replaced with Walnuts (or you can bake without nuts in the batter)

Chocolate spread – instead of a chocolate, you can cover the cake with chocolate ganache, simple icing (icing sugar, water and vanilla or chocolate)

rye lovers cake

making of this cake is pretty simple and similar to most pond cakes. I will mentions the most important steps with pictures.

prepare a Bundt tin

Butter and flour a 10 cup Bundt tin

  • You can use a 9″ by 5″ loaf or a square 9″ by 9″ brownie pan too

Swift together rye, all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa together and set aside

toasted chopped hazelnuts

Lightly toast and roughly chop 1 cup of hazelnuts (or walnuts)

beat butter and sugar

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add molasses and mix to combine. Scrape the bowl frequently.

add eggs

Add one egg at a time and mix on medium until cleared, making sure to scrape the bowl frequently

  • this is how the batter should look like. If it splits, add a tbsp. or two of flour and mix
add flour and nuts

Add flour and yogurt alternating each other and mix on low speed. Scrape the bowl frequently. Once all the flour is in, fold through the chopped nuts

rye lovers cake
pour the batter in the pan

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan (or any other pan)

Make sure batter is evenly spread.
– Tap the pan several times, to get rid of any air and to make sure all groves are filled with batter


Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until done.
A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean when it is done. Check the cake at 45 minutes mark as each oven is different.

Once the cake is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

turn the cake over

As the cake cools, it will pull back from the walls. Place a wire rack on top and tip the pan over. The cake should easily drop.

Let the cake cool. Prepare the chocolate in the mean time

melt chocolate

Add the oil onto the chocolate and microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in-between. When you get a silky pouring consistency, leave it to cool slightly.

When it is thicker it will stick better to the cake.

Have some extra toasted hazelnuts to sprinkle on top

decorate the cake

Once the cake is cool enough, pour the chocolate to cover the entire cake. Use the drippings and pour again until all areas are covered. Use a spatula or a spoon to help spread the chocolate. Let the chocolate settle, and sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts.

Leave until the chocolate set and serve.

moist crumb

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  1. This cake is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s not too sweet. My husband called it really morish. Love how rye is getting the love in a form of cake.

    1. Hi Sarah, I’m over the moon that you liked it! Yes I wanted to give Rye all the attention it deserves.
      Thank you for your feedback!

  2. Hi
    I wish you would include the measurements in cups as I have no idea what the gram measurement is and every ingredient may be different if I use the gram to cup conversion.

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