Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com
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This simple Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake is a showstopper!  It’s a simple one bowl chocolate cake, filled with a chocolate hazelnut spread and a cheesecake mousse.  Everyone will love this!

So this cake.

It’s kind of everything.

 

Pretty.

Chocolatey.

Easy.

 

Your friends will think you’re a cake supahstar if you make this.

Just don’t tell them how easy it is.  Can’t blow your cover like that…it’ll stay our secret.

 

Because here’s the deal..I’ve basically convinced all my friends and neighbors that I am some sort of baker-girl.  What they don’t know is that everything that I make is pretty much the easiest recipe ever, topped with candy and a drizzle.

The drizzle makes it fancy.

That’s my secret.

Shhh, don’t tell.

 

So let’s talk about this Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake.

And of course the drizzle.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

It all starts with a one bowl chocolate cake recipe.

Told you it was simple…

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Mix your dry ingredients together.

Then add your wet ingredients.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Mix it together and pour it into cake pans.

On a side note, please oh please make your own chocolate cake.  It’s so much better than boxed.

Not that there’s anything wrong with a boxed cake.  But, just give it a try.  I swear.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

While your cake is baking go ahead and make your chocolate hazelnut cheesecake mousse filling.

Yep, you heard that right.

 

Start with a chocolate hazelnut spread, like Hershey’s new Spreads. SO so so yummy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Mix that together with some softened cream cheese and powdered sugar…

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Then Fold in some whipped cream…

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

It’ll turn this gorgeous light brown color.

You’ll want your mouth to live in that bowl forever and ever.

 

Chill the mousse until the cake is cooled completely.

When you’re ready to assemble spread on some more of your chocolate hazelnut spread onto the base layer…

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Then top that with some of your mousse.  A nice big scoop.  Then gently place your other layer on top.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Spread more of your mousse all over the top.

You might have a little extramousse.  Don’t tell anyone.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

Top that with some chocolate hazelnut candies and drizzle more spread all over that bad boy.

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake. Love it when a cake is as pretty as it is delicious! Starts with a one bowl chocolate cake! www.cookiesandcups.com

You might die at how gorgeous and chocolately this is.

Well, maybe not DIE-die.  Just die-die.

4.5 from 4 reviews
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
 
serves 10
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Ingredients
Cake
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup hot water
Filling
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Assembly
  • ¾ cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Candy
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 8" round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pans with parchment circles, cut to fit pan. Spray pan again, coating the parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer combine first 6 ingredients. With paddle attachment on low, stir to combine.
  4. Add in remaining ingredients, one at a time with mixer still on low. Once all ingredients are mixed together turn speed up to medium low and mix for 2 minutes.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the 2 cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is set and toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Filling
  1. In bowl of stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, beat your heavy cream until stiff peaks form, 1-2 minutes. Transfer to another bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. In stand mixer beat cream cheese and chocolate hazelnut spread until smooth. SLowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and incorporated.
  3. Fold in reserved whipped cream.
Assembly
  1. Level one of the cakes, so it isn't domed. Spread ½ cup of the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread on top of cake.. Next spread half of the Filling mixture on top, spreading out to 1 inch away from edge of cake. Top with the other cake. Place remaining filling mixture on top.
  2. Microwave remaining ¼ cup chocolate hazelnut spread for 30-45 seconds until pourable consistency and drizzle over top. Top with Chocolate Hazelnut Candy.
  3. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
cake recipe from All Recipes

 

NOW, Kristan over at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made a cake too.  Also, she makes the more gorg cakes evah!  Go check out her Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake.  It’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?

strawberry

 

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Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
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January 26, 2014 7:22 pm

What an absolutely stunning cake!! LOVE!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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January 26, 2014 7:55 pm

WAHOO!! This cake looks so dang good. LOVE the way the top looks.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
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January 26, 2014 8:20 pm

Well you’ve convinced me you’re a baker girl. You make it look so easy but we all know, not quite so easy some days :)

Seriously I love this cake! The mega chocolate factor. The creamy dreamy filling with that spread and then cream cheese and those candies on top. Mmmm, SO GOOD! pinned

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
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January 26, 2014 9:04 pm

Damn this looks SO good right now, I can’t even

Jennifer
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Jennifer
January 26, 2014 9:11 pm

How do you keep the middle layer from oozing out? Is it thick enough to support the top layer?

leslie
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January 26, 2014 9:17 pm

oh good heavens! i’d like this in my face!

Lynn @ The Actor
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January 26, 2014 10:02 pm

Such a stunning cake. I love being able to see the layers of frosting.

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
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January 26, 2014 10:20 pm

This is like chocolate heaven!

Jaye L.
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Jaye L.
January 26, 2014 10:31 pm

Well, you’ve done it. You’ve convinced me to try a hazelnut dessert! I’ve never been a fan of hazelnuts or anything flavored by them. I avoid the gazillion recipes calling for Nutella on Pinterest. I will forego my morning cup of coffee (to which I’m seriously addicted) if all that is available is hazelnut coffee or creamer. But this cake. Oh, this cake just looks and sounds divine. This will be my next chocolate cake. Thanks a bunch for the recipe!!!

Tieghan
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January 26, 2014 11:20 pm

Oh my dear gosh. This is the most gorgeous cake ever!! wow!

I can only imagine how delicious this is. Love it!

Medeja
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January 27, 2014 1:10 am

This cake looks just perfect! Especially since I love hazelnut :)

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
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January 27, 2014 6:30 am

This cake looks so decadent. I love how “complicated” it looks at the end. I’ve used the drizzle technique on a couple of things before and love the look and ease of it.

DessertForTwo
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January 27, 2014 7:43 am

Oh heavens. I need this! Great photos, too! :)

Joanne
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January 27, 2014 7:58 am

Probably my ideal cake! Chocolate and hazelnuts were just meant to be together!

Jenny Flake
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January 27, 2014 8:36 am

Girl!!! Stop it with this cake! Not kidding I could eat the whole thing by myself, lol! It’s gorgeous! xo

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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January 27, 2014 8:42 am

Oohh, this cake is perfection!!! Chocolate and hazelnut is one of my favorite flavor combinations! ANd the chocolate-cheesecake filling?! Genius!!!

Karly
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January 27, 2014 9:00 am

There are so many layers of deliciousness that I don’t even know where to start!

Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
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January 27, 2014 2:38 pm

Good golly – this is all sorts of scrumptiousness! I am not sure this cake would be safe around me – I wouldn’t even need a spoon to totally demolish it! Thanks for sharing and tantalizing my tastebuds!

Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.
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January 27, 2014 3:06 pm

You’re killing me! That cake looks delicious! Can I have a piece? Please!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
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January 27, 2014 3:35 pm

This is just stunning. Like, actually beautiful. Absolutely love this!!

Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
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January 27, 2014 3:53 pm

Absolutely amazing! Anything with chocolate hazelnut spread has my vote. And I’m with you – a good drizzle makes everything fancy :)

bridget {bake at 350}
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January 27, 2014 4:05 pm

I love you. That is all.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
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January 27, 2014 5:06 pm

LOVE the thick layers! Can’t get much better than that much chocolate!

Gary
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Gary
January 27, 2014 5:07 pm

I’ve made something very similar except I used one of those Wilton cake mold pans that give you a big rectangle of filling in each slice and garnished with raspberries. A big hit!

Tracy | Pale Yellow
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January 27, 2014 9:16 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I’m impressed!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
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January 27, 2014 10:36 pm

Now that’s a work of art!

Laura @ Laura
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January 28, 2014 9:03 am

The hazelnut mousse looks amazing! I wish I had a slice for a mid morning snack!

Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net
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January 28, 2014 9:25 pm

I’m already loving this chocolate hazelnut layer cake just by looking at it. It looks like a huge chocolate cookie sandwich topped with chocolate candies.

Annie @ Annie
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January 29, 2014 10:36 am

I’m dead now. This is insane. I have absolutely no reason to make it but I want to sooooooo bad.

stina kolling
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stina kolling
January 31, 2014 8:47 pm

This cake looks fantastic–it’s got All the Things. It’s pretty, it’s got chocolate, it’s edible…
My only concern is cutting into it. When you cut into the thing, after having it in the fridge, did the mousse get all squished and spill out?

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Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt
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February 1, 2014 11:03 am

I absolutely love hazelnut. This cake looks so beautiful. I love that you didn’t frost the sides of the cake. Geniusssss!

Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes}
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February 2, 2014 4:01 am

Oh YUM! How long do you think this could stay outside? Really want to make it to take to someone’s home!

Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes
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February 4, 2014 5:32 pm

This looks absolutely amazing!! Totally dangerous though, I think I’d probably eat half of it myself!

Jill Marinello
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February 13, 2014 7:01 pm

I’m not sure what happened! Followed cake recipe to the letter, my pans overflowed all over my oven and the cake was totally collapsed. I’m not exactly a novice so I’m a little perplexed.. Any thoughts??

Paz
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Paz
February 19, 2014 9:53 am

Hi Shelly! I have a quick question. Do you think I could make extra mousse and cover the edges of the cake as well as the top? Or would the mousse just slide off the sides. I would really like to to cover the whole outside of the cake and don’t want a slippery disaster! Thank you!!

Brenda
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Brenda
March 18, 2014 2:19 pm

There is no block cream cheese in the UK but only soft cream cheese, how can I make the mousse stand using soft cream cheese instead?

Kelley Dunfield
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Kelley Dunfield
April 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Fantastic. I made this cake for a coworker’s birthday. Everyone loved it. It is very delicious.

I subbed in coffee for the hot water. I found the cake fell a bit, but it did not go concave, so no worries. The cake itself was very moist – something you need with a refrigerated cake.

Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous and easy recipe. I think I may be trying the mousse icing idea on other cakes!!!

Maria Trethewey
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Maria Trethewey
June 12, 2014 5:29 am

Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I’t a roaring success!

Cheryl
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Cheryl
July 8, 2014 9:20 pm

Thank you SO SO much for giving us a PRINT button!

rachel joy
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rachel joy
July 19, 2014 1:56 am

I’m a tiny bit confused … what exactly was the first thing you spread onto the base layer? Just plain old hazelnut spread? Or with the cream cheese and icing sugar, but not the whipped cream? In the picture it looks lighter than just the straight-up spread. Making this for my son’s 10th birthday!

razan
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razan
July 31, 2014 11:59 am

hi shelly,

i made the cake and the mousse but the mousse kind of softened after i put the wipped cream even though the cream was stiff
how can i make it the way it will stay stiff?

Candy
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Candy
August 2, 2014 1:53 am

Not sure if I missed it but was step 7 demonstrated in the pics above when the heavy cream was added? Also, I don’t have a mixer. Is it ok to mix these ingredients by hand? Sorry, I’m new to baking :)

apryl
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apryl
August 24, 2014 1:49 pm

This cake mix does not work its too liquidy and it does not cook. It only makes a hug mess in the oven. I would use a cake mis out of the box…

apryl
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apryl
August 25, 2014 12:30 am

I have followed the recipe and it did not taste very good. Its very very sweet. I like sweet stuff but this cake is too sweet. I wanted to make this cake because I like hazelnut but the only thing that makes this cake hazelnut is those darn candies nithing else about this cake is hazelnut. I am not makeing it again and I do not recommend anyone else waste ingredients On trying to make it either….

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Jess
August 31, 2014 3:13 am

Hi,
I was thinking of making this cake for a function that’s coming up and I was wondering if it has to be chilled because I won’t be able to for at least 2 hours. Will the cream to soft and run everywhere if it isn’t chilled? And also would I be able to put in less sugar or would it not work?? And how much is the least amount of sugar I could put in??

Jess
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Jess
August 31, 2014 3:15 am

* Will the cream GO soft

jalyssa
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jalyssa
September 5, 2014 1:14 am

If I make this cake and assemble it, And keep it in the fridge, But I need it for the next night, Will the mousse go liquid?

ChefKitty
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ChefKitty
October 1, 2014 8:24 am

I’ve made this several times to rave reviews. I have made a couple of modifications. I added 1 tablespoon of espresso powder to the batter and substituted 1/2 teaspoon hazelnut extract for 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla. I also make my own chocolate hazelnut spread in my Vitamix so I don’t have any thing in it except the good stuff. I make it 3 times a year for a dear friend and it is a requirement when I visit him! Great recipe.

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