Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Wafer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


Another cake from my childhood’s  “sweet memories” list , I’d say this is an almost forgotten dessert and nowadays not too many people would make this cake. But I always like reviving old recipes, making them with my own approach, and if I’m happy with the results, the recipe finds a place on my blog.

As far as I remember, because I don’t have a written or saved old recipe, this wafer chocolate hazelnut cake was a combination of chopped nuts,butter, sugar and cocoa , mixed together over heat, and spread on wafer layers while still hot, then the cake needs to stay under heavy press to stick together .

My recipe is slightly different, but still the same good tasting outcome and looking very appetizing and chocolaty .

Getting to the recipe of very delicious chocolate hazelnut cake, and this time no baking is required ,so have fun and make something different!
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


For the cake

5 x 9”diameter pre made wafer layers

100 Grams of unsalted butter ,cubed at room temperature

1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips (I also make this cake with milk chocolate chips)

½ Cup heavy cream

1 Cup toasted, finely chopped hazelnuts ,a few whole nuts can be saved to decorate the cake (other nuts can be used as well)

⅓ Cup Nutella spread (nutella can be optional if desired, it’s only to add extra flavour and creaminess to the filling)

2 Tbs rum (or bourbon, or cognac)

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


For the ganache

½ Cup semisweet chocolate chips

¼ Cup heavy cream

10 Gram unsalted butter

1 Tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake


Start double boiler on a medium heat

In a heatproof bowl combine: butter and chocolate chips to melt, this should take a few minutes

Use a heatproof spatula to mix the mixture until it’s smooth,without lumps

In a separate bowl ,heat the cream and pour over the melted chocolate,mix to incorporate

Remove from the heat and add nutella, liqueur and chopped hazelnuts

Mix and start spreading the chocolate-nuts mixture on wafer layers

Be sure to do that while the mixture is still warm, if it cools down ,spreading will be harder

Microwave for a few seconds if needed

Leave the last layer plain

Place a flat tray on the cake and put a heavy press on top (weights or a teapot filled with water)

Let it stand an hour so that the layers can stick together

While the cake is resting start making the ganache

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

To make the ganache

In a microwave or using a double boiler, melt all the ingredients listed and pour over the cake

Decorate with the remaining nuts, drizzle  with leftover ganache or decorate it at your taste

Slice and enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake