Caramel Hazelnut Wisps


Preparation info

  • Makes


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Birthday Cake Book

The Birthday Cake Book

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

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How did you make that cake? These give instant drama and glamour. Once you have mastered the caramel they aren’t difficult. I found inserting the skewer into the nut more of challenge as they can split, so have extra to hand. They can’t be made in advance, so make them on the day.


  • about 30 hazelnuts, blanched
  • 24 fine, pointed wooden skewers, 110 g


Make sure you have to hand both a small and a large bowl of cold water, and a heavy kitchen board.

Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan 160°C/340°F/gas mark 3½. Scatter the hazelnuts on to a baking tray and