I like my cakes tall, dark, and handsome. So, a chocolate cake topped with ganache and roasted hazelnuts just about wins my vote for sexiest cake of the moment. Don't let the appearance fool you, this cake isn't as intimidating as it looks. Adding a layer of ganache to your cake is an easy way to take it from good to wow-I-can't-believe-this-doesn't-come-from-a-bakery good! And in case your wondering, it tastes as good as it looks. I used this devil's food cake recipe from Martha Stewart, and dabbled with my own creativity to come up with the chocolate hazelnut icing and chocolate hazelnut ganache recipe. The cake tasted like it came straight off the boat from Paris, with a light chocolate taste and smooth buttery finish. And the icing, well, see for yourself...
Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
75 grams chocolate
1/4 cup Nutella
2 tbsp. milk
1. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy
2. Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water. Once melted, add Nutella. Once combined, add milk and stir until smooth.
3. Combine chocolate mixture and butter mixture until smooth. Ice cake once cooled.
Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
150 grams chocolate
1 cup cream
1/4 cup Nutella
1. Simmer cream on medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and add chocolate. Let chocolate melt, and continuously stir it into the cream cream until smooth. Add Nutella and stir in until smooth. One combined, let cool in fridge for about 30 minutes. Once cooled, pour onto iced cake and add crushed roasted hazelnuts. Place in fridge immediately after so ganache can harden.