With a chocolate ganache topping, this Nutella Chocolate Cake combines a rich chocolate cake with a delectable Nutella frosting. Delish!
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Nutella Chocolate Cake
I thus noted on Monday that I had spent the weekend with my cousin, who was about to give birth. Less than 48 hours after I departed, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday night. The majority of our family and I would have placed money on it being a girl. But we’re certain that he’s a boy, and we can’t wait to spoil him! But I’m so sorry I had to miss the birth.
The hubby has probably been prepared to act for some time; he’s simply been waiting on me. It’s a lot to deal with, and on an emotional level, I’m not sure how to manage it all. I’m sick of the “what ifs,” though, after two years of doing or not doing things because of the possibility of being pregnant and having a kid.
I’m sick of postponing “that trip” in case I become pregnant. Because of the “what if” scenario of maybe becoming pregnant, I’m sick of delaying decisions. especially because it simply doesn’t appear to occur. I’m prepared to advance.
I’ve been waiting for the appropriate time to proceed to feel like it, and now it does. I have no idea what will occur or how it will turn out. We might not be able to conceive at all. It could occur when we least expect it. However, I now feel ready to act and am coming closer to a resolution. I’m prepared to put an end to the “what ifs.” If we become pregnant, I want to schedule appointments that I can subsequently reschedule. If necessary, I want to make arrangements for anything and then change my mind. I no longer wish to live in the “what if” scenario. I want to confront it head-on, handle it, and focus on the present. Although I’m not entirely sure what that looks like, I pray that God would lead me and give me discernment as we start a process that I had hoped I’d never have to start.
In the meantime…cake. Lot’s of cake. Especially this cake.
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- 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
- 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
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
- Ferrero Rocher candies
. 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.
- Serving Size: 1 Slice
- Calories: 1268
- Sugar: 124.6 g
- Sodium: 605.8 mg
- Fat: 77.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 145 g
- Protein: 7.8 g
- Cholesterol: 111.9 mg