NUTELLA CHOCOLATE CAKE

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so i mentioned Monday that I spent the weekend with my cousin who was due with her baby any day. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy last night, less than 48 hours after I left. I would have bet money it was going to be a girl and most of our family agreed. He’s definitely a boy though and we can’t wait to spoil him! I’m totally bummed I miss the birth though.

I think the hubs has been ready to do something for a while, he’s just been waiting on me. It’s a lot to handle and emotionally, I’m not totally sure about it all.

the chocolate cake layers are my favorite chocolate slow-bake cake. It bakes at 300 degrees, as opposed to 350 – that’s not a typo.And it’s the moistest chocolate cake you’ll ever have. I wanted a maximum icing to cake ratio, so I made four layers of cake so that I could have plenty of Nutella icing piled between them. I only have three 8 inch pans though, so I baked two cakes at a time.

this cake was a huge success with my taste testers. I totally wish I had another piece of this Nutella Chocolate Cake right now. Maybe I’ll just go grab that Nutella jar out of the pantry instead and a spoon.

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Nutella Chocolate Cake is a delicious combination of an incredibly moist chocolate cake and a sweet, delicious Nutella icing, all covered in chocolate ganache. Delish.

INGREDIENTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 2 cups (260g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup (240ml) water

NUTELLA FROSTING

  • 2 cups (448g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (189g) shortening
  • 2 cups (620g) Nutella hazelnut spread
  • 10 cups (1150g) powdered sugar
  • 5–6 tbsp milk or water

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • Ferrero Rocher candies

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare four 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
  5. Pour into four 8 inch cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs. I baked the cakes in two batches, two at a time, with about 1 1/2 cups of batter per pan.
  6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
  7. Make icing while cakes cool. Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
  8. Add Nutella and mix until smooth.
  9. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  10. Add 2-3 tbsp of milk or water and mix until smooth.
  11. Slowly add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  12. Add more water or milk until the frosting is the right consistency.
  13. Once cakes are cool, remove cake domes from top with a large serrated knife. See my tips on how to level a cake and how to stack a cake.
  14. Place first layer of cake on a plate or cardboard cake circle. Add about 3/4 cup of frosting and spread into an even layer.
  15. Add second layer of cake and add another 3/4 cup of frosting and spread into an even layer.
  16. Add third layer of cake on top and add another 3/4 cup of frosting and spread into an even layer.
  17. Top frosting with the fourth layer of cake, then frost the outside of the cake. Feel free to use my tutorial for frosting a smooth cake.
  18. To make the chocolate ganache, place the chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl.
  19. Microwave the heavy whipping cream just until it starts to boil. Pour over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth (see my tips on making chocolate ganache).
  20. Drizzle the chocolate ganache around the edge of the cake, then pour the remainder of the ganache on top of the cake and spread evenly. I like to use a squeeze bottle for drizzling around the edges. See my tips for making a chocolate drip cake.
  21. Allow the ganache to firm up a bit, then pipe the remainder of the frosting around the top edge of the cake and top each swirl with a Ferrero Rocher candy. I used Ateco tip 849.
  22. Cake is best when well covered for 3-4 days.
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