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Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Plenty of chocolate-hazelnut spread makes this Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake an absolute dream!

Yesterday was my birthday. I’m long past the age of big birthday celebrations, but there has to be cake. It’s a requirement. Usually, Quinn very sweetly makes me a cake. But with the way both of our schedules were going, I took the reins and made my own cake this year.

I opted for my favorite kind of dessert – simple and delicious. I also went with one of my favorite flavor combinations – chocolate and hazelnut. I’ve long been a fan of Nutella and other chocolate-hazelnut spreads. All that big chocolate and hazelnut flavor is right up my alley. If you are a fan, too, then you’ll adore this cake.

Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake is a lovely chocolate cake topped with lots of chocolate-hazelnut frosting.

The cake has such a great chocolate flavor. And all that chocolate flavor comes from the spread. There’s no other chocolate present, yet it makes for a lovely chocolate cake with a nice, soft texture.

Then there’s the frosting. All of that big, thick frosting. Again, all the chocolate comes from chocolate-hazelnut spread. Add in some cream cheese, butter, and sugar, and you’ve got a lot of sweet, chocolate-y, fluffy frosting that’s really just insanely good.

If you love chocolate-hazelnut spreads like Nutella, you will be instantly smitten with this Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.

I wish I could have shared this cake with all of you to celebrate another birthday. BoB recently had a birthday, too, turning 8 just a couple of months ago. This simple yet delicious cake is such a great choice to celebrate in a sweet way!

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Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Yield 12 to 16 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

If you love chocolate-hazelnut spreads like Nutella, you'll be instantly smitten with this Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.

Plenty of chocolate-hazelnut spread makes this Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake an absolute dream!


For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts - plus more for garnish*
  • 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (I used Nutella)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (I used Nutella)
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted


To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan.
  2. Place the hazelnuts and 1/4 cup flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
  3. Whisk together the remaining 2 & 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and hazelnut mixture. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate-hazelnut spread and vanilla. Continue mixing until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of sour cream. Mix just until combined.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in pan.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, and chocolate-hazelnut spread until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
  3. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cake. Garnish with coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts.


*Be sure to let the hazelnuts cool after you've toasted them.

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    32 Comments on “Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake”

  1. Happy birthday! Never had Nutella but this cake may well be my first taste:)

  2. Yum this cake looks delish! Happy Birthday, no age is too old for a birthday celebration 🙂

  3. Hope you had a great birthday Jennifer! Your cake looks great. I wish I could enter the contest – I yearn for one of those mixers but I live in Canada. I will have to try this cake though.

  4. I have become a great fan of bakeorbreak… and have passed it on
    to my sister, daughter in law and friends… thank you,

  5. hi Jennifer, the cake above list of recipe show so good to me , I think I would not take nutella instead of hersey chocolate to use adding the recipe. Is it will fail ? keep email whatever you can head and no harm. ok thank you . Barbara

  6. Happy bday! Nutella is a happy way to celebrate!

  7. Happy Birthday! If I got a cake like that I would be shouting my age out..Sounds wonderful, thank you.

  8. Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

  9. Happy belated birthday! I’m saving this recipe for my husband- he loves hazelnuts!

  10. Happy belated!! Best wishes for many, many happy returns!

  11. Happy Birthday. I hope it was special. Thanks for the giveaway and yummy recipes.

  12. Happy Birthday !

  13. My birthday was the 28th also! Mime was great! Hope yours was also.

  14. What a perfect birthday cake!!! LOVE the chocolate + hazelnut combo, esp. when it’s so simple AND delicious!

  15. This is MY kind of cake, Jennifer, I am drooling, and sending Birthday Wishes!

  16. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I’ve also shared your blog on fb with one of your recipes that I just made this morning. I can’t wait to cut into these bourbon butterscotch cashew bars! The pan of bars looks and smells heavenly. Thanks and happy belated bday!

  17. these pecan bars looks sooooooo gooooood…..

  18. Happy birthday love! I always bake my own cake for mine as well. At least then I know I’ll like what I’m having! Hazelnut and chocolate sounds like the perfect celebration combo.

  19. Happy 8 th birthday to Bake or Break! Love your recipes. Frosted chocolate hazelnut cake is to die for. Yum yum! Shared, liked and looking forward to a chance to win a mixer. 🙂

  20. This would be a great birthday gift it I should win, which is September 7 in just a few days.

  21. Whoa, this cake looks all kind of amazing. I definitely can’t resist the combination of Chocolate and Hazelnut!

  22. Happy belated birthday! I hope it was a good one!

  23. Happy Birthday!!! I’m going to celebrate and totally bake this cake for my household…perfect for this cool fall day!

  24. the Nutella recipe is a good reason to buy a jar; I do not usually have nutella hanging around the house because all I need is a jar of nutella and spoon and before you know it there none left. 8)

  25. I gotta try this. I love any dessert with twix, thanks for sharing

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