I don’t often make cakes but of course, there are those occasions that call for a special cake. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or welcome new little one this recipe is my go-to! Yep, it’s all homemade and will take an extra step but over 12 years ago we stopped buying cans and boxed items for our cooking and as a result, our overall health is better. I also enjoy the cooking process so there’s that too!
Here it is…ENJOY baking homemade and eating with incredible goodness!
For the cake:
- 2 sticks butter
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp fresh vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup Nutella
For the whipped cream:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 round baking pans with parchment paper and spray the parchment with baking spray.
- In medium saucepan melt butter. Add the cacao powder and stir until smooth. Pour in the boiling water, let the mixture bubble up to 20 seconds or so, then turn it off and set aside.
- In a measuring picture or bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the hot chocolate mixture, stirring gently until it’s halfway combined and less hot. Pour in the buttermilk mixture and continue stirring gently until the batter is combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes os so, until they are just set. Remove them from the pans and set aside to cool completely. (I cut each cake in half to create 4 layers…not ever again!)
- Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream by whipping cream and powdered sugar together until nice and thick!
- To assemble, turn one layer upside down onto a serving platter. Spead half of the Nutella onto cake and half of the whipped topping over the chocolate. Place the second cake on top and repeat. I added fresh strawberries and blueberries to this cake. You don’t want to assemble for an hour before serving as whipped cream will look soggy…hence mine. Cut with a hot serrated knife. I cut my cake into 2 to make it bigger…I won’t do that again…got too wobbly.
- Enjoy every dreamy bite!