Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

This Hazelnut Chocolate Cake is a delicious slice of heaven that joins rich chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla flavors in one dessert.

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups butter, softened
  2. 1½ cups granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 5 large eggs
  6. 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  7. ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. ¼ teaspoon salt
  11. 1½ cups buttermilk
  12. ½ cup sour cream
  13. Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting (recipe follows)
  14. Garnish: toasted hazelnuts, chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Stir in sour cream. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Spread Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with hazelnuts and chocolate chunks, if desired.
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting
Makes about 5 cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1½ cups chocolate-hazelnut spread*
  4. ½ cup sour cream
  5. 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Beat in chocolate hazelnut spread and sour cream until combined. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Use immediately.
Notes
  1. *We used Nutella.
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