Nutella Chocolate Cake w/ Ganache Topping

My Grandpa turned 94 a couple weeks ago and my family and I went up to the mountains to celebrate. My sister and I are always in charge of the birthday cake and this year we went all out. We picked this Nutella chocolate cake and it was amazing! Seriously guys, this was the best cake i've ever had and it wasn't even very difficult. Make this cake for your next party and I promise you won't be disappointed! 

What You Need
For The Chocolate Cake
2 cups four
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup dark cocoa
2 TSP baking soda
1 TSP salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 TSP vanilla
1 cup boiling water

For The Nutella Frosting
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup Nutella
4-5 cups powdered sugar
3-4 TBS milk

For The Chocolate Ganache
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

For The Chocolate Cake
1. Preheat oven to 300°
2. Using an 8-inch cake pan as a stencil (you need 4 total for the cake), cut out 4 circles on the parchment paper to place into each cake pan. Spray the entire pan with Pam as well. Set aside.
3. Add 1 cup of water to a small pot over high heat.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. 
5. Then add the eggs, buttermilk, and vegetable oil and mix well.
6. When water is boiling, add vanilla and then add mixture to the large bowl. Mix well. 
7. Divide the mixture between the four pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
8. Once cooked, let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and set aside.

For The Nutella Frosting
1. With a mixer, beat together butter and shortening until creamy and smooth. 
2. Add Nutella and mix well.
3. Next, add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. After the 3rd cup, add 3 TBS of milk and then add 1-2 cups more of powdered sugar depending on taste.
4. If needed, add more milk to make the icing spreadable. 

Assembling The Cake
1. Once cakes are completely cool, place the first layer on desired serving dish. 
2. Using a spatula, cover the first layer with icing and then place second layer on top. 
3. Cover the second layer with icing and then place the third layer on top. 
4. Cover the third layer with icing and then place the fourth layer on top.
5. Make the chocolate ganache (see below).
6. Pour the chocolate ganache over the cake and let it fall down the sides, using a spatula to push it off the edge if needed.
7. Add remaining icing to a zip lock bag and cut out a small to medium sized hole at one of the bottom ends. Pipe icing onto the top of the cake in a circular motion (like in picture above). 
8. Using a sifter, sift powdered sugar over the whole cake and then serve!

For The Chocolate Ganache
1. Microwave heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl until it starts to boil (about 4-5 minutes).
2. While the cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a medium sized bowl.
3. Once heavy cream is boiling, remove from microwave and pour over the chocolate chips. 
4. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let sit for 5-7 minutes. 
5. Once time is up, remove saran wrap and whisk together until smooth and then let sit for 10 minutes. 


1 comment

  1. This cake was probably one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever tasted! Truly recommend. Homemade yet looks like a professional did it!