Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut-Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1 ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

½ cup Nutella or other hazelnut-chocolate spread

1 cup hazelnuts

¼ cup confectioner’s sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened at room temperature

½ cup white granulated sugar

2 tablespoons Frangelica or other hazelnut liquor

7 eggs, separated

For Nutella Frosting:

2 cups, 4 sticks, butter, softened at room temperature

1 cup Nutella

¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Other ingredients:

Crunchy wafer or waffle cookies, crushed

½ cup Frangelico or other hazelnut liquor

Ferrero Rocher Candies and hazelnuts for garnish

Instructions:

1-      Preheat oven to 350 F and line 2, 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray down sides with non-stick spray.

2-      Melt chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler. While chocolate is still hot, add Nutella and whisk until smooth.

3-      Place hazelnuts, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and confectioner’s sugar into food processor and pulse until fine flour forms. Set flour aside.

4-      Next, place sugar and butter into a mixer bowl and whisk on high speed until light and fluffy. Add Frangelico and egg yolks, mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate and Nutella mixture, followed by hazelnut flour.

5-      Transfer chocolate batter into a separate bowl and clean mixer bowl very well. Place egg whites into a clean mixer bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the prepared cake batter into gee whites, being careful not to flatten the egg whites. Fold gently until uniform batter forms.

6-      Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake in preheated oven, until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool completely on wire racks. Cake layers will be fragile, handle carefully. Once completely cooled, split the layers in half, forming 4 layers total.

7-      For frosting, place softened butter and Nutella into a mixer and whisk until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar until frosting is thick and fluffy. Can add a pinch of salt for flavour.

8-      To assemble cake, lightly soak each layer with Frangelico before topping with frosting and crushed cookies between each layer. Frosting sides and top, garnish top with candy, hazelnuts and/ or cookies.

9-      Keep Ferrero Rocher cake refrigerated. When getting ready to serve, remove cake about 1 hour before serving to allow buttercream to soften.

10-   Gluten Free. Replace the ¼ cup flour with an additional ¼ cup hazelnuts for a gluten-free recipe!

Serving:12                   prep time 30 minutes