Ferrero Rocher Cake

November  3, 2014
4 Ratings
  • Makes 8-inch 3-layer cake
Author Notes

Layers of chocolate devil's food cake with Nutella buttercream, Ferrero Rocher and hazelnut —Oh Sweet Day!

What You'll Need
  • Chocolate devil's food cake
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 pieces eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Buttercream and Decoration
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 pieces Ferrero Rocher, roughly chopped
  • 6 pieces Ferrero Rocher
  • 2 cups hazelnuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans, and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the boiling water and cocoa powder until smooth.
  4. Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed in a bowl of a standing mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by half of the chocolate mixture. Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour mixture and the remaining chocolate mixture. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.
  6. Divide the batter and pour into the prepared pans, smoothing the surface with a spatula. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  7. Place the cakes (in the pans) on a wire rack to cool. Then invert the cakes onto a greased rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. To prepare the frosting, in a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, beat Nutella and butter for a few minutes on medium speed. Add cooca powder and powdered sugar and beat until incorporated and you get to the right consistency.
  9. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on your serving plate and spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Sprinkle half of the chopped Ferrero Rocher and 1 tablespoon of chopped hazelnut. Place another cake layer on top, and gently press down a little bit. Spread with another 1/3 cup frosting, and sprinkle the same amount of Ferrero Rocher and hazelnut. Place the last layer of cake on top, smear frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
  10. Gently press the hazelnuts into the sides of the cake.
  11. Using a large star tip to pipe a decorative border with the frosting on the top edge of the cake. Place whole Ferrero Rocher on top, and sprinkle some more hazelnuts.
  12. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator an hour before serving.

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3 Reviews

Darian October 29, 2021
Oh my SO delicious! I had two minor alterations. When I blended the boiling water and cocoa, it was too thick, so I added a touch more water. I added it once the butter and sugar were creamed, then added eggs and alternated buttermilk with the flour mixture. I did not use any hazelnuts as my daughter doesn't really care for them on their own. The cake is rich and moist and the frosting is creamy and smooth. We love it!
Christina R. November 18, 2015
How much Nutella in the frosting? I think it's missing from your recipe.
Oh S. November 19, 2015
Hi Christina, it takes 1/2 cup Nutella. Sorry about the confusion. :)