Choc Mint, Hazelnut and Raspberry Layer Cake


Oh look I'm baking again! Ever since I did a 3-recipe series of "Berry Desserts" a couple of weeks ago, my personal style of "don't bake / make desserts much" is starting to change.. for the better! I mean, I still love my savoury dishes and Asian influenced dishes but baking is starting to be lots of fun especially since I can make such pretty looking things with the pretty colors of sweet things.

This recipe was inspired by a "fancy" version of this cake from Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine. What I've done is literally "dumbing it down" for baking newbies such as me. I've pretty much taken a short cut with the chocolate ganache, by substituting it with Nutella. And instead of using dark chocolate as base for the cake, I use a block of Cadbury Peppermint chocolate!! Yummmm... enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 cups of plain flour
300g Cadbury Peppermint Chocolate
100g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
8 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
400ml thickened cream
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 jar Nutella hazelnut spread
300g frozen raspberries
Extra icing sugar to dust

Method:
For chocolate cake, preheat oven to 160C. Melt peppermint chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, stir occasionally until melted, keep warm.

Whisk eggs and caster sugar in an electric mixer until pale and tripled in volume.

Meanwhile, triple-sieve flour and baking powder. Transfer egg mixture to a large bowl, sieve flour mixture over bowl, fold to combine. Fold in chocolate mixture, divide among two 20cm-diameter cake tins buttered and lined with baking paper and smooth tops. Bake, swapping tins between racks halfway through cooking, until centres spring back when lightly pressed (8-10 minutes), cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make four cakes. Wrap cakes individually in plastic wrap until required.


Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, whip cream and icing sugar until it becomes firmly stiff and fluffy.

To assemble, place a cake round on a serving plate, spread with Nutella to 5mm thick. Spread with one-third of whipped cream, sprinkle a handful of raspberries, top with another cake round. Repeat layers, finishing with a cake round. Spread remaining Nutella over top of cake and serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with extra raspberries.


67 comments:

  1. it looks excellent! may I have a piece please?

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  2. Wow...Dats a beauty....:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow, that looks amazing! I love that you didn't frost the whole thing. Very pretty!

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  4. Love all the berries on the cake.I would love to be in Australia about now with all sorts of fresh fruit to be found in abundance.

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  5. OMG! my jaw dropped looking at this. oh wow. Looks so delicious. :)

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  6. That is one purty looking cake!

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  7. I just live vicariously through your desserts - I don't dare make any of them, I'd be as big as a house!

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  8. What a festive, great-looking cake! I love all the layers.

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  9. This cake looks amazing!!!! I used to hate baking, but now I absolutely love it and probably bake more than I cook. Glad you jumped on board. Thanks for sharing this great cake recipe too!

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  10. My jaw just dropped and thighs jiggled. Oh man! That looks like some serious decadence going on. Lovely!

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  11. wow this looks amazing wow wow wow just added your guest post :-) Rebecca

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  12. This is a wonderful cake, look at all the gorgeous layers! Excellent!

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  13. Oh how decadent! Looks very delicious!

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  14. U did beautiful job Kim.. as ussual :) ..send me some..! :))))

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  15. I could finish this whole cake all by myself! It looks positively delish!

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  16. You knw what I am crving a chocolate cake so much.Lazy to make it , I picked up a ready made stuff at grocery store but put it back again:)This looks soo wonderful.Not only you make normal food well, u are expert at baking too!

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  17. This cake looks so beautiful!! I wish I had a piece!

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  18. SPECTACULAR AND GORGEOUS as ALWAYS, Kimberly!!! You completely defy that "baking newby" moniker!!! :)

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  19. An ingenious way to make layer cakes without cutting layers!

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  20. You never cease to Amaze us!
    All I can say is WOW!!!...gorgeous!

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  21. any dessert with nutella is worthy! no need to feel dumbed down.

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  22. Oh my! I want it! Fantastic job.

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  23. Niiiiicee!!!! Gorgeous cake, and the flavors sound fantastic!!!

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  24. Such a gorgeous cake! I would never believe you're a baking newbie!

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  25. nice to meet you! this is just gorgeous!

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  26. What a pretty cake, it looks so summerie too! I bet it tasted delicious.

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  27. Wow! My first time to your blog and I am so happy I'm here! I was laughing b/c I too tell everyone "I am NOT a baker..." but then go on cookie and baking marathons where if you were visiting my blog for the first time - you would think it was all I did!

    This looks amazing! Such beautiful photos! I look forward to spending more time here and thanks for visiting mine :)

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  28. I love the desserts you post! They always look so delicious!

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  29. Beautiful... absolutely beautiful.

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  30. This is such a beautiful dessert! The presentation is lovely and the flavors sound so delicious.

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  31. Oh my, the cake looks absolutely divine and so irresistible. Yummm.... Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you're enjoying your weekend, dear.
    Kristy

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  32. That looks delicious! And very smart using Nutella-it's such a delicious time saver! :D

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  33. What a gorgeous cake. I'm so impressed by your skill. I wish I could get my cake layers to be as even as yours.

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  34. Your sweet things always look amazing & so professional!! I love your cake stand too, I'm jealous!

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  35. That is un-freaking-real. Um ... I would eat that pretty happily.

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  36. Gosh, what a great pudding.
    Beautiful to look at and so delicious.
    So perfect.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

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  37. what an amazing surprise cake! One that steals the show.Delightful!

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  38. This cake looks so good! The baking bug is addictive and pretty soon, you'll be a baker!

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  39. Sweet Jesus, this is impressive. You can dumb down things for me anytime! (especially when Nutella is involved)

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  40. How do you cut or eat something like this? Does it fall apart easily once you start cutting to serve?

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  41. This cake looks insanely delicious! I would be so nervous stacking that many layers together!

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  42. This looks AMAZING! I would definitely love to have a slice, or to serve it at a special occasion. You did a really beautiful job! :)

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  43. This cake looks ridiculous good!! You should be baking more often :P

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  44. kimba, you must be chained to the kitchen :) I don;t know how you get the time to post so many blog-worthy dishes on your blog all the time! Keep it up :)

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  45. Hi Kimba, I like your cake baking very much, will follow your blog :)

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  46. Whoa, that is one absolutely stunning cake! :)

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  47. This is a masterpiece!
    Wonderful cake!

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  48. what an incredible cake!!! What a marvelous combination of flavors, and I am so glad your style is changing to more of a baker, I mean who doesn't love cakes and pies....sigh
    Congratulations on the top spot on Foodbuzz!!!

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  49. Ha Ha, you have come over to the dark side. Beautiful and delicious looking cake! I love mint.

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  50. Congratulations on the Top 9 today!

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  51. Beautiful Kim, just gorgeous!! Raspberries are my favorite fruit and they are pretty much out of season here. You are giving me cravings! I was just writing on Sara (CaffeIna)'s blog that I have only recently discovered Nutella! Wow... what a wonderful little discovery. I can only imagine how wonderful it is with the berries!
    I know what you mean about the baking. We've been out of town and then I've been helping a sick Liv for about a week and my hands are almost shaking to bake something! With Thanksgiving guests arriving this afternoon I'm hoping to have a plethora of goodies waiting!

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  52. Wow! That is one very lovely looking layer cake! I especially love the fruits! So fresh and delicious looking! Congrats on being one of Top 9!

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  53. I would TOTALLY love this!!!! Im imprssed by your macarons too! Gotta read more

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  54. It's bedtime here in Sweden but your cake made me too hungry to go to sleep. Ohh, midnight cravings.

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  55. Kimba this is amazing! I want this now right now!

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  56. oh so beautiful! who wldnt love nutella cream raspberries and cake. gorgeous work:)n congrats on top9:)

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  57. this looks sooooo good!

    www.lepotimarron.com

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  58. Wow, what a showstopper! Stunning photos! YUM!

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  59. There is just something about a cake with a whole lot of layers! Looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

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  60. Amazing cake..I just saw it in a YBR over at SpicieFoodie and I had to check it out.. I love it!

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