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

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.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Description:

serves 10


Ingredients:

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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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?

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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95 Responses
  1. Paz

    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!!

  2. 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??

  3. stina kolling

    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?

  4. Gary

    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!

  5. Jaye L.

    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!!!

    1. Shelly

      I chilled the filling, and it’s totally fine. Just don’t spread it all the way out to the edge, so when you put the top layer on it can still spread. Also, you need to keep it chilled.

  6. 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

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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