Recipe

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.

  • 50 mins cooking (+ cooling time)
  • Serves 10 - 12
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (160g) chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 460 grams double unfilled sponge cakes
  • 1/2 cup (70g) skinless hazelnuts, roasted, chopped
  • 125 grams Ferrero Rocher
Malted buttercream
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk, approximately
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) malted milk powder
  • 400 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups (400g) icing sugar
Ganache
  • 80 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pouring cream

Method

  • 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.
Ganache
  • 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.

Notes

Suitable to freeze and microwave.

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