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Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Today is the day.  THE day I share something completely indulgent and full of chocolate. This decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Cake recipe is up for grabs today.  I’m sharing both the cake and buttercream recipes in this post!  Yay!!!

When I finished making this Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, I wanted it to stand out so…I added sprinkles and viola!  This rich and decadent cake was the perfect canvas for these colorful sprinkles I got in the mail the other day.  They’re totally cute!!!

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I love them.  I really do and I’m thinking I might end up sprinkling all my future cakes with sprinkles from here on out. What do you think?  They just added SO much…Spring to this cake. I mean, doesn’t this shout SPRING?!


Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

This Chocolate Hazelnut Cake is totally transportable, too.  It’ll go along with you to any get together you have planned with family, friends or even coworkers.  Show them love and let them eat cake!

Here’s how easy it is to make the Chocolate Cake:

First, prepare your cake pans.  I coat them with a thin lining of solid vegetable shortening then dust them with flour and shake out the excess.  Set them aside.  Next, measure out and combine all of your dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Then, combine all of the liquid, or wet, ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.  If you don’t have a stand mixer, use a large mixing bowl.

Yep, in case you didn’t notice, the following pictures are not in order.  See what happens when you skip coffee!

Cake Prep

Here’s a tip for you:  The first thing I add to the wet ingredients bowl are the eggs.  I crack the entire egg into the bowl and then I gently scoop out the yolks with my hand to prevent them from breaking.  Doing this allows me to see and make sure to remove any egg shells that may have fallen into the bowl before any of the other ingredients are added.

The next step is to mix the wet ingredients together.  Then you can begin adding the dry ingredients to the wet ones.  Make sure to have your mixer on low speed so that you don’t end up wearing chocolate batter.  Unless, you know, you’re into that sort of thing…

Notice how delicious the batter looks running off the spatula.  If you’re planning on having this cake for dessert, then it’d be a great idea to resist the urge to bathe in it.  It smells absolutely wonderful but I know you can harness the strength to wait until the batter is in the cake pans and in the oven before letting the licking begin!  That might be … That’s what I did.

Chocolate Cake Batter

Now, temperatures vary oven to oven, so begin your timer at maybe 30-35 minutes for this cake to bake.  My oven is getting old and cranky so it took about 40-45 minutes but yours may be different.  Keep that in mind.

Another tip for you:  A good indicator that the cake is about done is when you begin to smell chocolate in the air.  When that happens, you know it won’t be long before it’s time to remove them from the oven.  Check using the toothpick method and proceed from there.

After letting the cakes cool, use a serrated knife to remove the domed cake top.  This makes the top surface flat so that the cakes can be stacked without sliding around.  Frost the top of what will be the bottom layer of the cake with your buttercream.

Chocolate Cake

As you can see from the pictures, I used a piping bag filled with icing and piped out the icing in rings to make a even layer.  Once that is done, invert the next cake layer over the iced portion.  This way, the cut sides of the cake are both sandwiching the buttercream.  Place a big glob scoop of buttercream on the top and begin spreading it all over the cake.  Start on top and then move to sides.

Chocolate Cake

When the entire cake is covered in the buttercream, then feel free to use the extra to decorate the top.  I used a 1M piping tip to make the swirls on top.  I piped them along the edge of the cake like so.

Chocolate Cake

Then, add sprinkles and watch the magic happen!  Sprinkles totally transform this from a simple Chocolate Hazelnut Cake to one that has everyone drooling and getting in line to be the first to grab a slice!

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake Slice

Don’t Forget to Get Both Recipes Below

Chocolate Cake:

Chocolate Cake
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This Chocolate Cake is rich, indulgent and fudgy. It pairs really nice with almost any frosting for a variety of combinations that are sure to please.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chocolate Cake
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This Chocolate Cake is rich, indulgent and fudgy. It pairs really nice with almost any frosting for a variety of combinations that are sure to please.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two 8" pans with grease and flour coatings. Set Aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Stir with a whisk and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine egg whites, extract, espresso, sour cream, oil and water. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly begin adding the dry ingredients. Once all is added, pick up speed to medium and continue mixing for approximately 2-3 minutes. Stop and scrape bowl. Resume mixing until most lumps are gone.
  5. Divide batter between both 8" pans and bake for approximately 40 minutes.* Test cakes for doneness with a toothpick. If it comes out clean or with very little crumbs, it is done.
  6. Place cake pans on cooling racks and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on the cooling racks before icing them.
  7. Frost with desired topping(s). Enjoy
Recipe Notes

Notes: This recipe will yield approximately 30 cupcakes.

*Because oven temperatures differ, baking times will vary from oven to oven.  Begin testing your cake at 30-35 minutes and proceed accordingly.

**Recipe adapted from CakeCentral.com

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Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream:

Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream
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Take your baked goods to a whole new level with this Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream! It's rich, creamy and indulgent. What more do you need?
Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream
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Take your baked goods to a whole new level with this Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream! It's rich, creamy and indulgent. What more do you need?
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar and both cocoa's. Set Aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and cheese together until smooth and blended well, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add extract and emulsion. Continue mixing until well combined.
  3. When the butter and cheese are ready, slow mixer down to the lowest setting and slowly begin adding the powdered sugar mix. Once it's all added, mix for a minute then stop and scrape bowl. Resume mixing on medium speed until well incorporated. Add creamer one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is obtained.
Recipe Notes

Notes:  This recipe yields enough buttercream to frost an 8" round cake.

Cocoa Powder: I used Hershey's Cocoa Powder and Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder but if you don't have the Special Dark available, just use the regular Cocoa Powder 🙂

Hazelnut Emulsion:  This can be found at your local craft stores such as Hobby Lobby/Michael's and some Wal-Marts.

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26 responses to “Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Cake”

  1. Jon says:

    I need a tall glass of milk ?

  2. I love hazelnut! Yum! Will have to try this cake recipe!

  3. Jessica says:

    That looks absolutely decadent. I love chocolate and have a weakness for it. I will have to try to make this for a dessert soon!

    • Cori says:

      Hi Jessica! Thanks for taking a look and yes, it is definitely decadent!! Hope you love it as much as my family did 🙂

  4. klaunder4817 says:

    You’re lucky I’m not your neighbor or I’d be hanging out at your house everyday LOL – everything you make looks soooooo good!

  5. Chastity says:

    I love chocolate and this is so up my alley. Love the recipe cake looks so delicious. And yes totally here for the added decorations with the sprinkles??

  6. henajose says:

    Thank you for such a detailed explanation. Would be easy for a new baker like me.

  7. Nyxloves says:

    Wow! This looks delicious…I am going to pin it to try it on my husband’s birthday 🙂

  8. Whoa…this looks DELICIOUS!!!

  9. Jen says:

    This cake looks so delicious! I am def going to make this!
    Xo
    Jen
    Effortlesseverydaystyle.com

  10. OMG I want this right now! I can’t wait to make this for the weekend!

  11. Sherry says:

    That sounds delicious and it’s SO beautiful! That’s probably going to make an appearance at the next birthday in this house.

  12. Priyadarshini Rajendran says:

    Mouth-watering!! The exact recipe I need right now to satisfy my chocolate needs 🙂

  13. Emmi Scott says:

    This sounds delicious! I’ve never thought to add hazelnut flavor to a chocolate cake, but I love the idea!

  14. Lila says:

    I’m drooling just looking through the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!!

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