Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake with Raspberry Preserves & Chocolate Ganache












Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake with Raspberry Preserves & Chocolate Ganache 

3 large eggs
2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup dark, unsweetened, cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups milk

Nutella (about 1 1/4 cups), warmed slightly
Seedless raspberry preserves (about 1 cup), warmed slightly

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (8 or 9-inch) cake pans.

In a medium mixing bowl, using a mixer on high speed, beat egg whites (reserving the yolks) until stiff peaks form; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and melted chocolate until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until combined, about 2-3 minutes; fold in egg whites, in three additions, until combined.

Divide batter into cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a cake pulls away from sides of pan, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 12 minutes on wire racks before running a knife around outside edges of pans, and inverting onto wire racks to cool completely.

Split each cake in half (freeze for easier slicing). Spread a layer of Nutella and raspberry preserves on each cake half.

To make the ganache, heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, until it comes to a simmer; turn heat off and whisk in chocolate until melted and smooth. Cool until it's a good consistency, then pour and spread over cake. Pack hazelnuts on top and sides of cake.

Makes 12 servings

63 comments:

  1. Emily, that cake looks delicious. I love the combination of raspberry preserves with chocolate. Is there anything better than chocolate cake? I don't think so!

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  2. Oh man this looks amazing! I just had some chocolate raspberry ben&jerry's ice cream last night. They would go perfectly together :)

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  3. So glad that you had a nice birthday, and that no one stole a slice of cake, hahaha ;-)

    Wowza - now THAT'S my kind of cake flavor - holy yum.

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  4. MMM that cake looks delicious! I'm glad to hear you had a great birthday!

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  5. Who doesn't love chocolate? gosh, it looks sinfully delicious. I wanna grab afork and get a forkful from my screen.

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  6. Cake. Looks. Fabulous! :o) I love hazelnuts (and that crazy addictive Nutella spread!) You cake looks so moist! Happy belated Birthday!

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  7. looks divine. happy belated birthday.
    i don't get how you are so tiny but make such delicious food. you must have amazing self-control!

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  8. You do know you don't need to celebrate your birthday on just one day a year. Too bad FedEx couldn't send me up some cake...chocolate and raspberries are I think my favourite chocolate combination:D

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  9. Glad you had a good bday! This cake looks dangerous. I think I'd try it with strawberry preserves...yum! Wilton makes a cake layer slicer thing that is amazing. It's got a wire that cuts easily into the layer!

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  10. Those are some of my favorite ingredients too. That cake looks too good. I want a piece now.

    Maybe this summer instead of cooking only from teh disappointing cookbook, I should bake things only from your blog!

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  11. Everything in this cake I love so much. Chocolate-hazelnuts combo, add to that with raspberry... absolutely irresistible!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Glad you had a nice birthday! Love your cake! I think I will ask for this one on my b-day!

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  13. Chocolate & raspberry - now that's another timeless combo. I lurve the almost black colour of the cake.

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  14. I swear that is the darkest chocolate cake I've ever seen in my life - ohhhh I can't stop looking at it, haha. I think I'd sell my soul for a slice of that!

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  15. uh..ma..zing. I love love hazelnut.

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  16. i wouldn't change a single component of this. raspberry and chocolate are delightful together, and hazelnuts rock. the texture of that slab of goodness is pretty incredible, emily--nicely done, and i'm glad you had a great day.

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  17. Oh, that looks sinful!

    Hope things settle down soon at work!
    ~ingrid

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  18. You're just like my husband, every year he requests a chocolate cake -- the boy is in love with chocolate cake! I have to say, I really love that you added raspberry preserves; raspberries and chocolate are so so good! I think I actually like that combo over strawberries and chocolate.

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  19. Delicious!!!!!!
    I'm glad there was no theft of slice, that would have been sad because this looks fantastic :)
    chocolate-hazelnut is my all-time favourite combo!
    Happy birthday again :)

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  20. Ohh my, what a combination. I'm going to have to try this one out. Only have two cake pans but I'm sure I'll come up with a solution for that minor problem. Belated happy birthday!

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  21. It looks so perfect Emily - love all the layers, and Nutella with raspberry sounds delicious! Can't wait to see all your new baking toys!

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  22. Dang, that looks like one delicious cake! Love raspberry and chocolate together!

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  23. I definitely don't make or eat chocolate cake often enough...this sounds so good right now!

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  24. Great looking cake! I used to be a afraid of splitting cakes - I even bought a tool to do it for me. But I have found using a serrated knife works so much better. I make shallow cuts all the way around and then saw through it carefully. It's not perfect, but the frosting covers that anyway! :)

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  25. I guess I would love any cake with 6 layers, but this one is special! I love all those flavours too and the cake looks so moist and chocolatey! Decadent!

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  26. Oh my god...this made me drool....

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  27. This looks so divine, I am sorry I didn't say Happy birthday on Facebook so Happy Late Birthday Emiline.

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  28. I've been gone for so long! But I am glad to see you haven't lost your touch!

    NAOmni

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  29. That cake is wonderful!!! Can I get some?:)

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  30. OMG! I WANT TO EAT THIS SO BADLY I AM SCREAMING!!
    lol
    Seriously, it looke awesome!

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  31. holy moly, that is perfect! love how you got all your favorites in there :)

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  32. Man! I love that raspberry and chocolate flavour Emily! So glad you had a stress free b'day!

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  33. That looks so rich! So pretty, and I would have mos def stolen a piece.

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  34. What a beautiful looking cake you made for yourself. Raspberry and dark chocolate is always a winner for me. Sorry about the awfully long hours you're having at the moment - hopefully things will return to normal soon.

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  35. OMG that cake looks DIVINE. My birthday is in November, if you're looking for a reason to make it again... ;)

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  36. Oh. Wow.
    That cake looks positively heavenly. So moist and chocolatey. I'm loving the hazelnut with the classic chocolate/raspberry combo. YUM.

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  37. Seriously, Emily, I think that is the best looking thing I have ever seen in the blog world. Wow.

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  38. What a great combination, Emily! I love chocolate cake too! Chocolate almost combines with everything!

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  39. Ohhh my goodness. There's absolutely no way that's good for you. At all.
    But that doesn't matter in the slightest.

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  40. Oh my GOD you just do not quit do you? Every time I think how can she top this last dessert... but somehow you do!

    This looks so amazing.

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  41. I know it's a tad delayed now, but I'm happy you had a great birthday. That card thing at work is cute, for some reason I like multi-signed cards.

    I think I might need to start using more jam in cakes. For some reason I think it's weird, but chocolate goes well with so many berries. Good call on this :)

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  42. Looks amazing. Can almost taste it through the screen. You're so bad for my diet.

    Happy very belated B-day.

    Tiffany

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  43. Emily, the cake looks beyond fabulous: rich & decadent! Lovely,....MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

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  44. Ouch. I think I might have just damaged myself lunging at the screen for CAKE! Wants it...

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  45. Happy belated birthday! Your cake looks to die for!

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  46. That looks absolutely delicious. My birthday is Nov. 15. hint, hint! ;)

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  47. OMG!! Serious eyegasm happening here!! I love anything chocolate and hazelnut, I need a slice NOW :P

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  48. So, when I saw the title and then the picture, the very first thing in my mind was "Oh my god, I love her." :D

    I'm glad you had such a great birthday!

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  49. HAve I mentioned lately how much I love chocolate!?? This looks a-maz-ing.

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  50. oh wow - that looks awesome! Love the nuts all over it.

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  51. I think I may need to make this for my birthday next month. Delicious!!

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  52. This cake looks incredible. Glad you had a great birthday.

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  53. Happy Birthday again! Glad it was a good day for you. The cake looks good enough for anyone to wish for another birthday! I love all those flavors, and especially love the nuts all over the outside!

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  54. That looks absolutely amazing. Those flavors are like a cake dream. I can't wait to have an excuse to try this out, love it!

    And happy birthday!

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  55. A perfect birthday cake - I love the flavor combination you used!

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  56. So I made this cake and I thought I would compliment on the recipe and discuss challenges and changes.
    First off, I made it for my sister's baby shower - my sister and I have been known to house some chocolate and raspberry combo - but I'm actually not a big fan of chocolate cake - except for this one. I thought the cake itself was delicious; I made the investment in expensive baking chunks and that, combined with the bittersweet chocolate in the cake, made a lovely texture and shine to the batter and taste in the cake.
    However, I have to say that I'm not sure why the recipe is made for 3 pans into six layers. The cakes come out thin and I would have preferred labor-wise to have just done two pans.
    The nutella raspberry combo was quite delicious, but in the end, weirdly enough it was the cake itself and the ganache hazelnut combo that were my favorite parts. I ended up using 3/4 semisweet to 1/4 bittersweet for the ganache for yumminess purposes. It did in fact come out yummy.

    The cake concoction was very, very rich but delicious. I thought the recipe itself could have called for measurements on the nutella and raspberry between layers because I was far too conservative in the beginning and the lower layers did not have enough nutella and raspberry flavor. But in the end the cake was a clear success!

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  57. I've used this recipe for the chocolate cake a couple times. And I've noticed that both times, my cakes turned out dry and I only baked them for 35 minutes. I think the baking time might be too long. Am I the only one with this problem? Otherwise it's delicious! I love a lot of your recipes. Your website is definitely a favorite.

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  58. I made this last night holy moly...absolutely delicious :)

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  59. I made this cake last night for new years, everyone liked it a lot, my only complaint is that it was also dry, (mainly toward the edges) i figured because it was a butter base, i usually like oil or buttermilk in the batter, or even sour cream to moisten it. Luckily I checked my cakes half way into baking and oddly enough, they were finished! If I would of baked them the instructed time it would of been inedible. I also used only 2 cake pans to bake it in. I also noticed my cake itself did not look as dark, rich or moist as pictured and I followed the recipe exactly. I would try to make this again with a few tweaks.

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