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!

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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…

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Mix your dry ingredients together.

Then add your wet ingredients.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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

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

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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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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Sherry
Sherry

I made this cake and it is absolutely amazing! The cake is super moist. Loved it. My whole family loved it. This will be my go-to chocolate cake from now on!

Chrys
Chrys

Just made this for my daughter’s b day. It was a hit!
Full disclosure .. I used my own chocolate cake recipe but used the filling recipe which was amazing! I added toasted finely chopped hazelnuts in between the layers for texture and added flavour but it was so fluffy and yummy on its own. Will definitely make again. Was worried for a sec that the filling was going to squish out but it didn’t at all. So good. Thanks

Bethan
Bethan

This is my favourite recipe, ever. I’ve made it about 5 times now and it never fails. Thank you!!

Sharon
Sharon

Forgot the rating on my comment, we love this cake and the frosting. Really sweet, but it’s cake so totally allowed.

Sharon
Sharon

Just made this for the second year in a row for my daughters birthday (per her request). Both times the filling oozed out of the cake. Delicious cake, but could not get it to look like your photos. Jumped on here to check out the comments.
NOTE: in the printed recipe is does not say to chill the mousse filling before assembly. This is probably the biggest culprit in my “oozing”.
Also, do you think I could add additional Whipped cream – to help stiffen the mouse and to cut the sweetness?

Sophie
Sophie

Ive just made this for my husbands birthday. Unfortunately the creme doesnt hold so well under the weight of the cake. I used double creme as thats all we have here in the UK. Its extrememly sweet, i reduced the cake suger amount to 1.5 cups seen as the receipe was so sugar laden. It tastes good though.

Val Taylor

The cake was amazing but the mousse was too runny to put on the cake. I had to use double cream (I couldn’t get whipping cream) Would this have made a difference? Should I adapt the mousse for English ingredients?

Val Brighton

Adriana
Adriana

I used my recipe for the chocolate cake and i was looking for a hazelnut filling online. STumbled upon your gorgeous cake and I’ve decided on the spot to try you right filling. So easy to make and the taste is beyond delicious. Couldn’t be any happier with the end result. Recipe saved in my book, anybody should give it a try. THANK YOu!

Brittney
Brittney

Could i use hazelnut almond milk vs whole milk ?

Michelle
Michelle

Can I use the hazelnut mousse as a frosting if I wanted to frost the cake?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Just made the cake….tested it in 30 min. Not done, another 5, still not done. Seemed done after 3 more min.but fell to top of pan. Stuck in pan despite greasing & flouring. Looks & smell delicious. Will top with mousse & fix hollow spots. For daughter’s birthday tomorrow

kate
kate

thank you. made last night for my husbands birthday. went down a treat with the whole family.

melissa ten pierik
melissa ten pierik

Im making this for my son, his birthday is tomorrow :3 and I have to do it all manually. Much work but I managed ^^

I tried this twice and it didn\
I tried this twice and it didn\'t turn out !

L Beaton

Sandra
Sandra

Can you make it a day in advance?

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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