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

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 26 minutes

Yield: 12 to 14 servings

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:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 3 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper or wax paper. Grease paper. Set aside.

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.

Combine water and vinegar. Set aside.

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.

Pour one-third of the batter into one of the prepared pans. Repeat with a second pan.

Fold cocoa powder into remaining batter. Pour into third pan.

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:

Brush Frangelico over cake layers.

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).

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.


Recipe adapted from My Recipes.

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  1. DPLK November 30, 2010 Reply

    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. briarrose November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  3. The Blue-Eyed Bakers November 30, 2010 Reply

    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. Amy November 30, 2010 Reply

    Dang. That looks awesome.

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

  5. Miryam November 30, 2010 Reply

    Love the look of this cake, rustic and the chocolate layer visible, visible. It really looks awesome and I bet it tastes even better :-)

  6. Fallon November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  7. Madison November 30, 2010 Reply


  8. T. Martin November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  9. Joanne November 30, 2010 Reply

    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!

  10. Mel Tardy November 30, 2010 Reply

    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!

  11. LimeCake November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  12. retro sweets November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  13. GarEli November 30, 2010 Reply

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

  14. Juanita December 1, 2010 Reply

    Decadent indeed!

  15. Andrea December 1, 2010 Reply

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

  16. Chef Bee December 1, 2010 Reply

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

    Plan B

  17. Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 1, 2010 Reply

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

  18. Brittany December 2, 2010 Reply

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

  19. Crustabakes December 5, 2010 Reply

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

  20. Sandra December 5, 2010 Reply

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

  21. Beth December 6, 2010 Reply

    What a gorgeous cake! Enjoy your new home!

  22. jessielou December 6, 2010 Reply

    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!

  23. Sanjeeta kk December 6, 2010 Reply

    The cake looks delicious and very chocolaty. Lovely click.

  24. Tv Food and Drink December 6, 2010 Reply

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  25. MC December 9, 2010 Reply

    This looks so scrumptious!

  26. Nisrine | Dinners & Dreams December 11, 2010 Reply

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

  27. Jen December 15, 2010 Reply

    This looks like absolute heaven!

  28. vanillasugar December 24, 2010 Reply

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

  29. CaSaundra December 25, 2010 Reply

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

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  30. Just Cake Girl December 28, 2010 Reply

    OMG this looks good :)

  31. Jess December 30, 2010 Reply

    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!

  32. Cherry January 11, 2011 Reply

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

  33. Sprinzette February 21, 2011 Reply

    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.

  34. Molly March 25, 2011 Reply

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

  35. chocolate sweets March 25, 2014 Reply

    wow it looks all so yummy I loooove chocolate

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