This cake is a chocolate lover’s dream – a rich, double-layer chocolate cake with a creamy, whipped ganache and a chocolate glaze. The cake is dressed with hazelnuts that have been toasted, candied, coated in tempered chocolate and rolled in Dutch process cocoa powder, and with fancy bittersweet chocolate swirls.
Our daughter turned 7 last week. 7!!! Being the daughter of foodies, why wouldn’t she request a Belgian chocolate cake for her birthday? My husband heard the request and got to work! As he said, he couldn’t let her down.
He chose a rich chocolate-hazelnut cake with so many elements he was in the kitchen for 4 hours on Saturday. But this cake – SO worth it.
Instead of making a single layer cake, he turned this recipe into two layers of rich chocolate cake. He layered the cakes with whipped, creamy chocolate ganache in between and on top. Next, he drizzled a chocolate glaze all of the cake.
He could have stopped there, but this cake is seriously over the top in so many ways – layers, taste, elements and beauty. In addition to the whipped chocolate ganache and the chocolate glaze, this cake has 2 more toppings – chocolate swirls and chocolate covered praline hazelnuts.
The swirls started with tempered chocolate that he chilled in a thin layer, and then scraped to make chocolate swirls.
The hazelnuts start by toasting hazelnuts that are then candied in a caramelized sugar. Once cool, they are coated in tempered bittersweet chocolate and chilled until hardened. The final step is rolling them in Dutch process cocoa powder.
Once we sang happy birthday and cut the cake, you didn’t hear anything out of any of us for about 10 minutes, except “Mmmmm….” and “wow….” And our 7 year old was very, very happy
Tip: Read the entire recipe before starting since there are several elements that can be done together. Such as, the hazelnuts for the cake and the hazelnuts for the topping can be toasted together and then separated. The ganache and glaze can be prepared together and then separated to whip some and to keep some as the glaze.