Thursday, 19 June 2014

Nutella Chocolate Cake

Just realised I've been away from the blog for over a month. Apologies to all my blogging friends that I haven't been to your blog lately, will catch up on visiting soon.

I've always wanted to make this cake but I certainly wasn't going to eat this all up by myself - one jar of nutella and 6 eggs, imagine the calories! 


The opportunity to make cake came over Easter as I was a hosting a cell group party at my place. There are few words to describe this cake - moist and nutty doesn't seem to do justice to this absolutely delicious cake. 


Every bite is rich and almost pudding like, with the ground hazelnut adding the most flavours aside from the nutella. It goes perfectly with the chocolate ganache and toasted hazelnuts. 


Three quarter of the cake was gone in no time and I gave the last quarter to my neighbour to prevent myself from stealing anymore slices. 


Nutella Chocolate Cake (9 inch)
Nigella Lawson Recipe

Ingredients


for the cake
  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 125 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 400 grams nutella (1 large jar)
  • 1 tablespoon frangelico (or rum or water)
  • 100 grams ground hazelnuts
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (melted)
for the icing
  • 100 grams hazelnuts (peeled weight) (I used 20 grams coarsely grounded hazelnuts)
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon frangelico (or rum or water)
  • 125 grams dark chocolate
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and Nutella together, and then add the Frangelico (or whatever you're using), egg yolks and ground hazelnuts.
  • Fold in the cooled, melted chocolate, then lighten the mixture with a large dollop of egg white, which you can beat in as roughly as you want, before gently folding the rest of them in a third at a time.
  • Pour into a 23cm/9 inch round greased and lined springform tin and cook for 40 minutes or until the cake's beginning to come away at the sides, then let cool on a rack.
  • Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan until the aroma wafts upwards and the nuts are golden-brown in parts: keep shaking the pan so that they don't burn on one side and stay too pallid on others. Transfer to a plate and let cool. This is imperative: if they go on the ganache while hot, it'll turn oily. (Believe me, I speak from experience.) If your hazelnuts have skins on then after toasting in the frying pan transfer them to a slightly dampened tea towel and rub them while they are still warm to remove the skins.
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the cream, liqueur or water and chopped chocolate, and heat gently. Once the chocolate's melted, take the pan off the heat and whisk until it reaches the right consistency to ice the top of the cake. Unmould the cooled cake carefully, leaving it on the base as it will be too difficult to get such a damp cake off in one piece.
  • Ice the top with the chocolate icing, and dot thickly with the whole, toasted hazelnuts. If you have used Frangelico, put shot glasses on the table and serve it with the cake.
This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (June 2014 Event: Butter) organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Jozelyn Ng (Spice Up My Kitchen).

26 comments:

  1. Mich, hope everything is ok from your side now! It's good to take a break from time to time. I will take my break by end of this month as our school holidays will start soon. Want to spend more time with my children. You know what, I just saw a few nutella cake recipes today, I was just randomly surfing the internet & then I saw this big title from your blog, haha! What a beautiful cake this is.

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  2. This cake is sure to be heavenly delicious especially the topping sauce....yum! Take good care your health.

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  3. HI Mich,
    Boy we sure did miss you. I hope all is well now in your corner of the world. 6 eggs and an entire jar of Nutella, oh my word, I would be giving it to my neighbors too after eating at least half the cake! It looks scrumptious and so sinful, I'd love to devour a piece right now!!!

    I am so Pinning this recipe, Mich. I have been "dying" for a rich, gooey, sinful chocolate cake even if it is 90 degrees outside!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Mich. I hope you are up to playing the Picnic Game this year. There are still some letters left but really, they are going fast! Hoping you will join us:)

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  4. Dear Mich Im so sorry you dont feel well and hope you will better soon!
    Your cake look amazing
    The funny I made a nutella/chocolate cake but is with layers I love the texture of yours i will save this recipe because the twins love nutella!

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  5. Hmmm.... am drooling here ! I just wanna to lick off the glazing....and then bottom off everything. yumm....
    Hope you're having a lovely day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  6. Hi Mich, sorry to hear that you weren't doing well. I hope you are doing well now. I love this cake. I looks like it would be super moist and chocolate is my favorite.

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  7. Hi, Mich. I hope you are fine and getting better now. This cake looks so moist! Would appreciate if you could link it up with Little Thumbs Up here:-
    http://jozelynng.blogspot.com/2014/06/little-thumbs-up-june-theme-butter.html

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  8. Mich, I am glad that you feel better now.
    1 jar of nutella, 6 eggs, and not to mention all the butter, chocolate, and cream... The cake must have tasted heavenly!

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  9. Hi Mich! Glad to know that you have recovered and you are back to tempt us with your bakes! I baked this cake once before and it was a hit all around. I should bake it again!

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  10. Hi Mich, glad to have you back!Hope everything is ok with your health now. This looks like a really sinful, delicious cake!

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  11. Hi Mich, how you doing. Hope everything is fine at your side. Glad to see you back in action, I was also MIA for a month. Taking a short break from blogland. Hope to catch up with everyone soon.

    Your nutella cake really awesome, guess 2 big pieces enough for me. The topping is sinfully delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

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  12. Cake and nutella? Does it get any better?!

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  13. Oh, I just love the gooey chocolate topping. In fact I am drooling, just looking at your cake!

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  14. Hi Mich, Hopefully you are getting better now.
    Your cake really looks good and it's making me drooling!

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  15. Hello Mich, oh this yummy cake is so moist and chocolaty ! Hope you're much better now :D

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  16. Absolutely wonderful Mich! So rich, moist and chocolatey. I love nutella and it will be difficult to find someone who doesn't!
    I am pleased you are feeling better. We all have our lives outside our blogs so it is normal to come and go. Take care!

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  17. Looks really moist and tempting indeed, I am too stingy to buy a whole bottle of nutella for this cake lol!

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  18. Glad that you are okay now. Welcome back. 1 jar of Nutella??? totally sinful.

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  19. Hi Mich,

    I hope that you are ok now. Hate the feeling of being sick... Yucks!

    I know this cake!!! This is one of Nigella's signature cakes. Yours looks sinfully good. Despite that, I have to agree with you I wouldn't eat the entire cake too :p Too sinful!!!

    Zoe

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  20. Hi Mich,
    Welcome back! Glad to know that everyone is OK. Being sick is certainly not fun at all!
    This cake looks yummy! So chocolaty sinfully good! Yum! Yum!

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  21. Mich, I hope you are feeling better. Sending some positive thoughts your way. Now this is one way to get back to blogging with a chocolate cake just dripping with deliciousness. I bet one slice of this cake would make anyone feel better in a jiffy. Take Care, BAM

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  22. hi mich, do hope you are getting much better now. Bet everyone at the party had really enjoyed this cake cos it looks very delicious and sounds great! you take good care!

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  23. I'm sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. Hope you're doing better now. Your well being comes first. :) What a rich chocolate cake! I don't think I had any sweets that have both Nutella and Chocolate. I wish I could have a slice! :) Take good care, Mich!

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  24. Hi Mich,
    Do hope you are better and well by now!!
    Oh!! This a cake is to die for!! But..
    You're brilliant to share the cake among friends.
    Cut down the calories :p

    God bless and take good care Mich.
    mui

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  25. Wow I would not mind a nice big bite of this delicious cake :D
    Yum!!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. Oh yummylicious. A fan of Nutella certainly loves anything make out of it!

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