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Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake

This easy 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 layer cake recipe!

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake Recipe

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.

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How to Make The Best Chocolate Layer Cake

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.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy 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 layer cake recipe!


Ingredients

Scale

Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup hot water

Filling

  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Assembly

  • 3/4 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 1/2 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 1/4 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

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 657
  • Sugar: 69.5 g
  • Sodium: 530.6 mg
  • Fat: 31.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 91.8 g
  • Protein: 7.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 88.2 mg

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103 comments on “Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake”

  1. brandilyn@thenerddiva.com

    My son asked for hazelnut cream cake this year for his bday. Found this recipe and it turned out AMAZING!!! He and everyone at the party ABSOLUTELY loved it! Thank you for sharing

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