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:

Angellove's Cooking said...

Gorgeous as always!!! Cheers :)

eatgreek.net said...

it looks excellent! may I have a piece please?






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

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

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http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

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

Anna's Table said...

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.

Michael Toa said...

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

ping said...

That is one purty looking cake!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Wow this is awesome, I wish to try some'!

Toby said...

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

lisa is cooking said...

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

happywhennothungry said...

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!

Pretend Chef said...

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

Chow and Chatter said...

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

5 Star Foodie said...

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

Lindsey said...

Oh how decadent! Looks very delicious!

Indonesian Di Turkey said...

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

Foodiva said...

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

sinfullyspicy said...

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!

Steph said...

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

Donna said...

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

Michelle Chin said...

An ingenious way to make layer cakes without cutting layers!

Elisabeth said...

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

Maren said...

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

briarrose said...

Oh my! I want it! Fantastic job.

Amy Bakes Everything said...

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

Peggy said...

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

teresa said...

nice to meet you! this is just gorgeous!

Spicie Foodie said...

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

Design Wine and Dine said...

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 :)

Kimberly @ Servantless American Cook said...

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

Moogie said...

Beautiful... absolutely beautiful.

Lee Ann said...

That is so beautiful!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

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

My Little Space said...

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

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

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

Lisa said...

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.

Natalie said...

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

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious beautiful colourful cake

Rich said...

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

thehungryartist said...

Another beautiful berry dessert!!!

Ana Powell said...

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

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

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

Becky said...

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

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

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

TheChocolatePriestess said...

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

Kita said...

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

The Cilantropist said...

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! :)

ravienomnoms said...

That looks so pretty!

Susan: My Food Obsession said...

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

meltingbutter.com said...

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 :)

Ah Tze said...

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

Agnes said...

Whoa, that is one absolutely stunning cake! :)

Cherine said...

This is a masterpiece!
Wonderful cake!

Chef Dennis said...

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!!!

Morellocherry said...

that looks amazing!!!!

Annie said...

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

Becky said...

Congratulations on the Top 9 today!

Kim - Liv Life said...

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!

Jeannie said...

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!

honeybeecooksjackfruit said...

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

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

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

Petes said...

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

Cherry On A Cake said...

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

Fiona said...

this looks sooooo good!

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Sue said...

Wow, what a showstopper! Stunning photos! YUM!

FamilySpice said...

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

Sandra said...

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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