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Nutella Cake

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Nutella Cake
July 13, 2011

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Nutella Cake

It’s been 1266 days since I first started this blog.

Throughout that time, I’ve managed to squeeze out a humble 500 blog posts. This can either be considered woeful or impressive compared to others. For me, I don’t care; I’m just surprised I’ve lasted this long and still loving it.

So instead of letting this milestone pass me by, it needed to be celebrated; and what better way than with a cake! I’ve been a Nutella girl since I was little. If it wasn’t coco pops, cornflakes with sugar or peanut butter with sugar (the Asian way), it was Nutella. And like most of you, I too indulged in eating Nutella from the jar with a spoon. We all have done that, whether you care to admit it or not, and if it Nutella wasn’t your guilty pleasure, it was something else!

Alas Nigella’s Nutella cake doesn’t shy away from large quantities of toast spreads like her peanut butter cheesecake. This cake contains a large jar of Nutella. Yup, all 400g of it. Luckily I have a two 750g jars from Costco so I still have plenty for my toast πŸ™‚ Although that is nothing compared to the 5kg jars you can get in Europe!

This cake is very rich, but surprisingly light and fluffy. I didn’t end up using all the icing as it was overflowing already. I would make it again, but like the peanut butter cheesecake, I wouldn’t make it every week.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my first 500 blog posts. Here’s to another 500!

Nutella Cake
Nigella Lawson

6 large eggs, separated
Pinch of salt
125g soft unsalted butter
400g Nutella (1 large jar)
1 tablespoon Frangelico, rum or water
100g ground hazelnuts
100g dark chocolate, melted
23cm Springform tin, greased and lined

for the icing
100g hazelnuts (peeled weight)
125ml double cream
1 tablespoon Frangelico, rum or water
125g dark chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 180ΒΊC/gas mark 4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and Nutella together, and then add the Frangelico (or whatever you’re using), egg yolks and ground hazelnuts.

2. Fold in the cooled, melted chocolate, then lighten the mixture with a large dollop of egg white, which you can beat in as roughly as you want, before gently folding the rest of them in a third at a time.

3. Pour into the prepared tin and cook for 40 minutes or until the cake’s beginning to come away at the sides, then let cool on a rack.

4. Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan until the aroma wafts upwards and the nuts are golden-brown in parts: keep shaking the pan so that they don’t burn on one side and stay too pallid on others. Transfer to a plate and let cool. This is imperative: if they go on the ganache while hot, it’ll turn oily. (Believe me, I speak from experience.)

5. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the cream, liqueur or water and chopped chocolate, and heat gently. Once the chocolate’s melted, take the pan off the heat and whisk until it reaches the right consistency to ice the top of the cake. Unmould the cooled cake carefully, leaving it on the base as it will be too difficult to get such a damp cake off in one piece.

6. Ice the top with the chocolate icing, and dot thickly with the whole, toasted hazelnuts. If you have used Frangelico, put shot glasses on the table and serve it with the cake.

Serves 8.


35 comments on “Nutella Cake
  1. Katie

    Congratulations, gorgeous!!

    Here’s to the next 500!


    July 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm
  2. Chanel

    Congratulations on 500 posts! What an achievement πŸ˜€

    And what a fitting cake to celebrate! I’d love some Nutella right now…

    July 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm
  3. Allan

    congratz on 500!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm
  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    Aww Congratulations. Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with cake and nutella. mmmmm!

    July 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm
  5. Ellie

    Happy 500th posts! Looking forward to more yumminess on your blog.

    July 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm
  6. Anita

    Congratulations!!! I can’t believe Costco sells jars of nutella that big. Can’t wait till they open in Sydney and I can dig my spoon into one of those jars

    July 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm
  7. Michelle

    500 posts! how old is your blog?

    July 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm
  8. penny aka jeroxie

    500! nice one babe and hope for more 500 and 500 and…..

    July 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm
  9. fanny

    congrats!! seriously though, how is it that you always manage to make me crave for every single thing you post here! :p

    here’s to another 500 posts! *lifting a jar of Nutella* :]

    July 14, 2011 at 1:06 am
  10. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Happy 500th post! And what a decadent cake you have for celebrations! πŸ˜€

    July 14, 2011 at 1:47 am
  11. Miss Adriennely

    Congrats on your 500th post! I have a looooong way to go~

    July 14, 2011 at 2:21 am
  12. Martyna

    Congratulations on reaching 500 posts! I cannot think of a better way to celebrate with than food, and this cake looks sooo indulgent – hopefully spurring you on to write another 500 posts over the next 1266 days! πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 5:20 am
  13. ray

    Happy 500th Post and I wish you many more posts to come. πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
  14. She Wore It Well

    Happy 500th Shell!

    Here’s to many more xxxx

    PS. Save me a slice

    July 14, 2011 at 8:38 am
  15. Esz

    Congrats on the big 500!
    What an awesome cake too – I’m absolutely going to make that.

    July 14, 2011 at 8:46 am
  16. bri

    Congrats! Your blog is one of my favourites πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 9:51 am
  17. kirbie

    This looks decadent! I’m obsessed with nutella desserts so I can’t wait to try this out.

    July 14, 2011 at 10:04 am
  18. Clance

    Well done Shellie – you’re a legend.
    That cake is truly insane (I just wish I was around to taste it..!)

    July 14, 2011 at 10:47 am
  19. Lisa

    Wow, 500 posts is fantastic! And that recipe looks delectable. I must think of an excuse to make it soon.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  20. Hannah

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait for the next 500…. and more Nutella creations πŸ˜€

    July 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm
  21. Cindy

    What a cake ! And what a milestone – congratulations. πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm
  22. Nic@diningwithastud

    Congratulations!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ Cant wait for the next 5 years.
    My secret childhood (and adulthood….) addiction is Nesquik – proper sneaky spoonfuls and everything *hangs head in shame* lol

    July 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm
  23. Sneh | Cook Republic

    Oh WOW! You are amazing and so is your blog!! Congratulations on your 500th post, what a milestone! You go girl! And to 500 more! πŸ™‚

    The cake is stunning .. I like how you have mentioned it .. very rich but surprisingly light. All is forgiven if its Nutella πŸ˜€

    July 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm
  24. tinytearoom

    congrats on such a great milestone. I’ve been eyeing this cake for a little while. I’m glad it works out very well.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  25. Mez



    It looks so deeeeeeeeelicious!!


    Can’t wait to see the next 500 πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚


    July 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm
  26. Susan

    Looks delicious! I am a massive fan of nutella too!

    July 15, 2011 at 10:07 am
  27. Sarah

    There is only one word for this: nom!!

    July 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  28. Emma

    You could always make your one nutella in the Thermomix!

    Well done on 500 posts, it’s a fab blog!

    July 16, 2011 at 11:36 am
  29. April@MyFoodTrail

    Congratulations on reaching such a significant milestone! Look forward to reading hundreds more of your posts πŸ™‚

    P.S. Peanut butter with sugar is so reminiscent of growing up… Didn’t realise it was an Asian thing!!

    July 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm
  30. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Congratulations!! What better way to celebrate? πŸ™‚ I love nutella too. In summer holidays when we’d go camping with family friends, all us kids would get a jar of nutella each to last the 6 weeks. We’d eat is slowly with a spoon in our tents, trying to make it last the longest. haha. loved that.
    Heidi xo

    July 18, 2011 at 7:33 am
  31. betty

    what a beautiful cake and WOW 500 posts is something special indeed!

    July 19, 2011 at 9:45 am
  32. Janine

    Wow congrats on hitting 500 posts! I’m not even reaching my 100th post and I’m thinking of what cake I should make to celebrate ;p The nutella cake is a really strong contender though, since I too like to eat nutella with everything!

    July 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm
  33. Rita

    Congrats! 500 posts is a great achievement!
    The Nutella Cake looks sinful and decadent…but I’m addicted to Nutella πŸ˜€

    August 15, 2011 at 12:00 am
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