Malted hazelnut layer cake

This surprisingly simple celebration cake uses some crafty shortcuts so you can get all the decadence with none of the drama.
Malted hazelnut layer cake
10 - 12
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Malted buttercream


1.Combine chocolate spread and milk in a small saucepan; whisk over low heat until just combined. Cool to room temperature.

Malted buttercream

2.Meanwhile, heat milk in a small saucepan until warm; whisk in malted milk powder to form a smooth paste. Stir over heat for 1 minute; refrigerate for 10 minutes or until cooled. Beat butter and sifted icing sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add cooled malted milk mixture; beat well until light and fluffy.
3.Split cakes in half. Place one cake layer on a plate or stand. Spread with one-third of the chocolate spread mixture. Reserve half the Malted Buttercream for decorating. Spread cake layer with ½ cup of remaining Malted Buttercream. Repeat layering with cake, chocolate spread mixture and Malted Buttercream, finishing with cake. Spread a layer of remaining Malted Buttercream over top and side of cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
4.To decorate, spread reserved Malted Buttercream over top and side of cake. Press hazelnuts around bottom third of cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.


5.Meanwhile, stir ganache ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Stand the Ganache, stirring occasionally, until cooled and the texture resembles thickened cream.
6.Pour cooled Ganache over top of cake, allowing mixture to run down side. Arrange Ferrero Rochers on cake. Stand until set.

Suitable to freeze and microwave.


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