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Double Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake

As many of you may know, Quinn and I made the big move to New York in October. Not surprisingly, I’ve had very little time for baking before or after the big day. As Thanksgiving approached, however, I knew that I would have to break my bake-less streak for our first New York holiday.

I ended that streak in a big way with this cake. It is over-the-top decadent and worth every calorie. It’s a three layer cake consisting of two white hazelnut cakes and one chocolate hazelnut cake. Between those layers is some lovely Frangelico and a very, very chocolate filling with a bit of a pecan crunch. It’s pretty much everything I love rolled into one dessert.

Double Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake takes chocolate nut cake to a whole new level with plenty of rich chocolate and hazelnuts. - Bake or Break

This is the kind of cake that’s great for the holidays because you can share it with everyone. It’s very rich, and I could only eat a very small slice per sitting. It was just the two of us this year for Thanksgiving, so I was sure to share with some folks in our building. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends when you start handing out cake!

Double Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake

Yield 12 to 14 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Double Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake


For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

For the chocolate topping:

  • 1/2 cup hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico
  • 24 ounces chocolate (semisweet or milk)
  • 2 cups (1 pound) unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 3 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper or wax paper. Grease paper. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine water and vinegar. Set aside.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture, alternating with the water/vinegar mixture. Begin and end with flour mixture. Stir in chopped hazelnuts and vanilla.
  5. Pour one-third of the batter into one of the prepared pans. Repeat with a second pan.
  6. Fold cocoa powder into remaining batter. Pour into third pan.
  7. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 19-21 minutes). Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then, remove from pans, peel off paper, and allow to cool completely.

To make the chocolate topping:

  1. Brush Frangelico over cake layers.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Cool mixture, stirring occasionally, until it is consistent for spreading (about 45 minutes).
  3. Place one white cake layer on serving plate. Spread a third of topping on top of cake. Do not cover sides. Top with the chocolate cake layer. Spread a third of topping on top of cake. Top with remaining white cake layer. Spread remaining topping on top of cake. Garnish, if desired, with toasted hazelnuts. Allow cake to set several hours before serving.

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    35 Comments on “Double Nut Drenched Chocolate Cake”

  1. Dream come true! Welcome home to NYC and hope you enjoy every minute! Looking forward to hearing more about your NYC escapades, as well as baking escapades!

  2. Holy chocolate heaven! Looks so very rich and tempting. Lovely job.

  3. Um delicious! This cake looks sublime! We are HUGE chocolate hazelnut fans…Ferrero Rochers stand no chance against us…! This cake looks SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!

  4. Dang. That looks awesome.

    And I’m jealous! Hope you’re loving NYC!

  5. Love the look of this cake, rustic and the chocolate layer visible, visible. It really looks awesome and I bet it tastes even better ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a beautiful and tasty cake. Hazelnut and chocolate is such a great combination, one of my favorites!!

  7. Welcome to NYC …cake looks killer! Please drop a line if you are looking for a baking buddy in the city.

  8. Fun fun! I made a layer cake for Thanksgiving as well but this one looks beyond luscious! Welcome to NYC! If you’re ever looking for someone to trade recipes/eat good food/cook good food with let me know!

  9. Fabulous! I’m so glad you are still alive…was starting to wonder what happened. That certainly explains it! Good luck in your new city. Cake looks divine!

  10. Oh my my my! That’s just layer after layer of goodness! I’d be your friend too if you handed out this cake!

  11. wow that cake seriously looks sooo yummy. i want to eat it now!

  12. Wow que pastel tan ESPECTACULAR……. seguro y esta delicioso!!

  13. Looks so amazingly delicious, my mouth is watering. Must try.

  14. Great looking cake. Hard to make a moist chocolate cake and this looks perfect. Enjoy yourself.

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  15. Drenched in chocolate really caught my eye! I just want to stick my finger in that icing!

  16. Oh my, that looks so delicious! Like, ridiuclously.

  17. This looks extremely wonderful. This cake will win u the miss popularity award!

  18. Hope you’ll be abundantly blessed in your new home. Your cake looks amazing! Love, love, love hazelnuts thanks for sharing.

  19. What a gorgeous cake! Enjoy your new home!

  20. looks amazing! I recently moved to NYC too and document my baking exploits on my blog above.
    I need to try this gooey cake, it really does look delish!

  21. The cake looks delicious and very chocolaty. Lovely click.

  22. If I told you I was licking my computer screen, would you judge me? – Gary

  23. This looks so scrumptious!

  24. Totally decadent, my dear. I would do anything for a piece right now.

  25. This looks like absolute heaven!

  26. that is just so decadent and perfect, and i can see why its worth every calorie. wow

  27. NY sounds like so much fun!! I would maybe make that cake into cupcakes for portion control..or I might eat the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  28. OMG this looks good ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Hope New York is treating you well! This look delicious! I never liked chocolate cake when I was younger. What I’ve realized over the years is that it wasn’t chocolate cake that I didn’t like, but it was the store-bought chocolate cake I had at birthday parties.
    I’ve been making chocolate cakes lately and grow fonder of them every time!

  30. Ooohhhh looks so mouth watering! I will surely go back baking and will try this recipe!

  31. Wow! That looks incredible. I’ve only just discovered your blog, but am really excited about all the recipes and can’t wait to give some a whirl.

  32. This looks so good, it’s unreal. I love how you used a white cake and a chocolate cake! It’s so pretty:)

  33. wow it looks all so yummy I loooove chocolate

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