Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

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'll 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. In celebration of both, I’m going to give one very lucky reader a KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer. I know how invaluable mine is, so it seems like the perfect thing to give one of you!

Scroll past the recipe for details on how you can enter for a chance to win.

Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Frosted Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


    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:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9"x 13" baking pan.

Place hazelnuts and 1/4 cup flour in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.

Whisk together remaining 2 & 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and hazelnut mixture. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add chocolate-hazelnut spread and vanilla. Continue mixing until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of sour cream. Mix just until combined.

Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely in pan.

To make the frosting:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, cream cheese, and chocolate-hazelnut spread until smooth.

Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread frosting on top of cooled cake. Garnish with coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts.


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

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of the South.

Win a KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer | Bake or Break

As a special thank you to all of you who share in my baking adventures, I’m very happily giving one of you a KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer in any available color of your choice. If you don’t have one, you’ll be instantly smitten. If you do have one, you can now have a second for your big baking sprees or pass it along to a baking friend.

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  1. JEP August 28, 2014 Reply

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

  2. Kelsey @ Badger Kitchen August 28, 2014 Reply

    Yum this cake looks delish! Happy Birthday, no age is too old for a birthday celebration :)

  3. Debra August 28, 2014 Reply

    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. Joyce August 28, 2014 Reply

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

  5. barbara smith August 28, 2014 Reply

    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

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry August 29, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Barbara. Hershey’s Chocolate Hazelnut Spread should work fine.

  6. Ordinary Blogger August 28, 2014 Reply

    Happy bday! Nutella is a happy way to celebrate!

  7. Gloria August 28, 2014 Reply

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

  8. Mary Ellen August 28, 2014 Reply

    Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

  9. Ginger Stark August 28, 2014 Reply

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

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry August 29, 2014 Reply

      Thanks, Ginger! I hope he loves the cake as much as I did!

  10. movita beaucoup August 29, 2014 Reply

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

  11. Sandra August 29, 2014 Reply

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

  12. Stehanie-Oh August 29, 2014 Reply

    Happy Birthday !

  13. Emma Gimber August 29, 2014 Reply

    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. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze August 30, 2014 Reply

    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. Barbara Curry September 1, 2014 Reply

    these pecan bars looks sooooooo gooooood…..

  18. Joanne September 1, 2014 Reply

    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. Tami September 2, 2014 Reply

    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. Emma September 3, 2014 Reply

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

  21. Miriam @ OvertimeCook September 4, 2014 Reply

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

  22. Shirley September 6, 2014 Reply

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

  23. Christina Atencio September 6, 2014 Reply

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

  24. Ursula September 7, 2014 Reply

    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)

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