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Flavorful Fridays: Nutella Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in rich chocolate dessert with your sweetheart. This nutella chocolate cake is delightfully decadent and surprisingly easy to make. This is also the best time of year to make it, as hazelnuts are easier to find in stores during the winter months.


Nutella Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
Adapted from Nigella Lawson

Cake Ingredients:
6 large eggs, separated
pinch salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce container Nutellla
1 tablespoon rum
1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts
4 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled

Ganache Ingredients:
4 ounces whole hazelnuts
1/2 cup heavy cream (half and half works)
1 tablespoon rum
4 ounces dark chocolate



Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter a 9-inch springform pan. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff. In another bowl, cream the butter and Nutella, then add the rum, egg yolks, and ground hazelnuts. Fold in melted chocolate.

Add a spoonful of beaten egg whites to the chocolate batter, and mix gently until well-combined. Fold in the remaining whites, one-third at a time, very gently but thoroughly. Pour into springform and bake for 40 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting tester, which should come out mostly clean; lightly pressing finger into top to check for a slight bouncing-back; and observing edges beginning to separate from pan. Let cool completely, in pan, on a rack.

Toast the hazelnuts in a dry skillet, or toaster oven shaking them around frequently, for about 4 minutes, or until they are lightly browned, then let cool completely. If hazelnuts came with skins on, put them in a towel after toasting and rub around; this will remove most of the skins.

Chop chocolate, and add to sauce pan with half and half and rum over medium-low heat. Once chocolate is melted and components are combined, whisk until mixture reaches desired thickness, then cool. Remove rim of cake pan and pour cooled ganache over, spreading lightly to create a smooth, shiny surface, and apply hazelnuts all over. Serve and enjoy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    February 13, 2011 2:05 pm

    I’m going to make this tonight for our valentine’s day dinner tonight! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea! We both love nutella πŸ™‚

    • Liana permalink*
      February 14, 2011 9:05 am

      Glad to help with ideas! Let me know how it turned out for you! And, Happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

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