Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake is a delicious homemade cake, especially created for anniversary for a neighbour. It is full of Nutella, chocolate and Ferrero Rocher balls. A very simple cake made using base of chocolate cake and then filled with dutch icing (combination of whipped cream and ganache) mixed with Nutella.
Last week I made Ferrero Rocher cake for an order. The client is from my society and I knew her personally.
When she approached me for a cake for her anniversary, I suggested few designs and flavours, she chose this.
The cake base was my go-to old fashioned chocolate cake recipe, layered with combination of Nutella, whipping cream and crushed ferrero rocher chocolate.
I frosted the outside also with whipping cream and nutella combo, along with chocolate and nutella ganache. Final topping with some Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
I got customized topper made from a friend who makes DIY gifts for me regularly. I am against using acrylic toppers and you must have seem my cakes without it. So I gave her a brief for making something simple using paper. I loved the simple classic topper to compliment the rich cake, and looking forward to doing many more with her.
Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line the bottom of one 8 inch pan.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & salt in a large mixing bowl. Do not use a mixer as it will not aerate the dry flours.
- Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee & vanilla in a separate bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them till they are just combined. Do not overmix. A smooth batter is not necessary, few lumps in it are fine. If you are adding any liquor, then add it now.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Gently tap the pan so air bubbles are removed and batter spreads evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 mins in the preheated oven. After about 18-20 minutes, insert a tooth pick towards the side of the pan. If it comes out clean, then cake is done.
- Cool the cake in the pan on the rack for 15 minutes, then invert it on the rack. Leave it upside down to cool, it helps in flattening any dome shape. I baked three layers by baking this recipe three times separately. And then froze the layers wrapped in cling film. Continue with assembling and frosting the cake.
- Old fashioned chocolate cake is perfect as a moist base for frosting and layering cakes.
- Using coffee is optional.
- ⅓ cup sugar granulated
- 1 cup water
- Boil water & sugar together. Once it boils, lower the flame & allow it to heat for another 1 minute. Remove from heat & cool completely. It can be made in advance & stored in refrigerator.
- Use ⅓ cup of syrup to soak one layer of cake. If you are soaking White Cake then reduce the syrup per layer i.e. ¼ cup sugar in ¾ cup water. And soak each layer in ¼ cup syrup. With ⅓ cup syrup, I have found the cake to get over soaked.
for infusing flavour
- If you are infusing flavor like rose petals, then boil petals once sugar is dissolved for 5-10 minutes. Cool & strain. Continue to use for soaking and assembling.
How to Assemble a Cake
- piping bag, nozzles & levelling knife for decorating and finishing
- parchment paper or strips
- Move the frozen layers to refrigerator few hours before assembling. Place the first layer on a platter or cake stand.
- Make some holes into the bottom layer using a form. Soak the bottom layer in sugar syrup. Then lightly spread the filling of your choice like whipped cream or butter cream or chocolate ganache over it. Place the second layer on top of the bottom layer & repeat the process of soaking & spreading filling. Finally place the top layer & again soak it. Lightly spread the filling on top & sides of the cake making a crumb coat. Refrigerate the cake for 1 hour.
- Top it generously with chocolate ganache or any glaze or whipped cream or butter cream. Pipe design as you would like. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours or overnight for flavours to set in. Serve chilled.
- You can whip the ganache before spreading as filling.
- The consistency of ganache for topping and filling is different. For filling, you need thick consistency (which you get by leaving the ganache at room temperature for few hours) and for pouring as topping, you need the ganache to be pouring consistency. You can re-heat/ warm up the ganache to adjust the consistency.
- I use soy-based ready-to-whip cream which is available in market. Transfer a small portion of cream in a large bowl or your stand mixer and beat till stiff peaks are achieved. Fill and frost as per your choice.