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Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Kendra Clouston

I created this cake for my son's birthday and it was a big hit. If you like hazelnuts and chocolate, this is THE cake!

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 201 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.4g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 157 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using required ingredients, plus pudding mix, vanilla, and an additional 1/4 cup of water. Spread batter evenly among three greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake at temperature specified on cake mix box for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely, then chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. In a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolate chips. Gradually add 1/4 cup of the whipping cream, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Beat 3/4 cup of whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the finely chopped hazelnuts. Chill 30 minutes.
  3. Beat remaining 2 cups of whipping cream until soft peaks form, then fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts. Chill until ready to frost cake.
  4. Place 1 cake layer on cake plate. Spread 1/2 of the chilled chocolate mixture over top. Add another cake layer. Spread with other 1/2 of chocolate mixture. Top with last cake layer. Frost entire cake with hazelnut-whipped cream. Place 12 whole hazelnuts around top outer edge of cake as a garnish. This cake should be kept in the refrigerator.
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Reviews

ESSJAM
25
12/3/2003

Delicious! I made this cake for my birthday and my husband and I both really enjoyed it. I used Cool Whip instead of whipping cream. I only used real whipping cream for the 1/4 cup you mix into the melted chocolate chips. The only thing I would change next time would be to use fewer chocolate chips. It was a bit too heavy in the stomach as is. Next time, I'd reduce the chocolate chips to maybe 1 cup or 3/4 cup instead of 1.5 cups. Other than that, a beautiful and delicious cake. I'll be making it again.

mingry77
21
11/15/2007

This cake was absolutely exquisite. Everything about this cake was delectable. I particularly enjoyed that this wonderfully chocolate cake was not too heavy. Like another reviewer mentioned -- I recommend letting your cream warm to room temperature before adding it to the chocolate -- or simply heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm. This will prevent the chocolate from seizing. One other note, when I chilled the filling for 30 minutes it was way too stiff to spread -- but maybe my refrigerator was too cold. In any case, I would skip that step next time. All in all this was a wonderful recipe and I received nothing but rave reviews!

Nico's Mama
19
9/6/2008

This is a great idea for a cake-mix cake - although I would suggest making the devil's food cake mix to the specifications listed under the "too much chocolate cake" recipe on this site - it uses more oil and some sour cream and insures that the cake will stay moist! Hazelnuts are kind-of pricey and this was a tester cake so I used toasted almonds instead. For frosting I looked at the "cool whipped frosting" recipe from this site but used 8 oz. of fresh cream instead of Cool Whip. I also would recommend, if using that frosting recipe, that you only use HALF the amount of the pudding mix and that you buy instant WHITE CHOCOLATE pudding rather than vanilla. The vanilla gave my cake a yellow-ish tint that I did not like...next time I will use a classic, white buttercream with this cake instead....