nutella cake

Have you heard about “The Smearing”?
No, it’s not some new horror movie.  I really don’t like horror movies.  

I mean, in the most basic of horror movies (i.e. PSAs about avoiding your basement),  the characters are so asking for it.

If I were home alone and heard screeching/whispering/scratching/bubbling coming from my basement, the absolute last thing I would do is grab a flashlight and “investigate.”  I mean why would I do that when I could just stay above ground level with Pinterest and a big mug of Bohemian Raspberry tea? What’s even worse is when they ask: “anyone there?” I mean, do you really want to know the answer to that question?  Moral of the story, avoid unnecessary confrontation.  Don’t check noises in your basement. 

Now back on topic — if it’s not a new horror movie, what is “The Smearing”

“The Smearing” was a campaign run a long time ago by the Ferrero company in Italy, where kids could bring a slice of bread to their local food store and get a free “smear” of Nutella. I’m patiently waiting for them to bring this service back.  My day will come.

Is there anything in this world better than Nutella? Free Nutella. That’s all. A jar of this smooth, spreadable, chocolate-y brown gold is sold every 2.5 seconds (a baby is born every 8 seconds… do the math).

So to honor Nutella, one of the tastiest things that comes in a jar, I created this cake.  There were no rules, just that it had to be absolutely redonkulous (because Nutella deserves that kind of respect…).

I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the layers (simple, velvety, with a nice cocoa bean-y flavor).  Then things started to get scandalous.  I slathered a thick, generous layer of Nutella between the cake layers, and then covered the whole thing with this dangerous Nutella buttercream (I always make a double batch in case… you know… I get hungry).  While my first layer of frosting was chilling in the fridge, I went to the grocery store and ran up and down the aisles, just whacking every somewhat hazelnutty/chocolate-y thing I saw into my cart (ended up using the Hazelnut Ritter Sport and Ferrero Rocher).  Then I piped some snazzy little Nutella buttercream ripples on the sides, and some big, vanilla rosettes on the top (to class up this monster of a cake).  Finally, I smushed a little baby jar of Nutella in the middle.  And my creation was born. 

With love,

One, 2-layer batch of chocolate cake (here’s my favorite)
One jar Nutella
One batch of Nutella Buttercream
One batch of Vanilla Buttercream (this recipe without the Oreos)
Ritter Sport/Ferrero Rocher for decorating
melted chocolate for drizzling


Place once cake layer onto a cake stand, plate, or cake board.  With an offset spatula, evenly spread a generous amount of Nutella onto the layer.  Place your second layer face down on top of the Nutella filling and place the cake in the fridge for a few moments until it firms up a bit.  Meanwhile, whip up your two buttercreams (if you’re like me and only have one stand mixer, make the vanilla one first so it doesn’t get streaked with Nutella!).

With your offset spatula, carefully smooth a bit of frosting in a thin, even layer over the entire cake (to seal in the crumbs, a.k.a a crumb coat).  Chill again until the frosting is firm (about 15-30 minutes).

Place the cake on a turntable or cake stand.  Using a clean offset spatula, spread the Nutella buttercream in a smooth, even layer over the crumb coat.  To make the “ripple effect” on the sides, fill a large pastry bag fitted with a medium round tip with Nutella buttercream.  Pipe a vertical row of 4 dots about 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter.  Once you have your line of dots, use a spoon to smush down one side of each dot to form a line of petals.  Keep repeating this process until you make your way all around the cake.  For a picture of this technique, click here.

Next, fill a clean piping bag fitted with a medium star tip with the vanilla buttercream.  Pipe big swirls of frosting on top of the cake. Place a Ritter Sport or Ferrero Rocher in the middle of each swirl.  Lastly, drizzle with melted chocolate and enjoy your crazy, Nutella creation!

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39 thoughts on “nutella cake

  1. Aiza

    How delicious does that look. Nutella pairs so good in cakes that you just can't help licking your fingers. You decorated it beautifully. Please do a post for those piping bags noobs who can't pipe to save their life. A few weeks ago, I made this pound cake with a nutella swirl. I shouted at someone to keep checking on it before going for a path. Well they removed it too early. But I couldn't help eating the sides which atleast were baked and the best thing I had ever eaten. The verdict? Nutella rocks 😉

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much! Perhaps I will do a video tutorial on piping later! 🙂 Nutella totally rocks!

  2. Ibbs Quinton

    What an absolutely stunning cake, it's such a work of art!
    And it sure it tastes heavenly too, what a lucky boy
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

  3. The Cooking Actress

    1-I also hate horror movies
    3-I looooove Nutella
    4-WHY DON'T I HAVE THIS CAKE!!???? *sob* it's beeeeautiful!!!

    1. Cannella Vita

      1) Haha glad SOMEONE agrees with me on the horror movies
      2) Don't worry, our day will come
      3) preach
      4) try out the recipe! Let me know how it goes!

  4. Zainab Mansaray

    I don't watch horror movies but this cake on the other hand I would love love to just stare at before having a slice (or two)

  5. Minji

    I am so jealous of the birthday boy! Such a gorgeous cake 🙂 how big was the jar of Nutella that you used in the recipe btw?

  6. Neelia k

    That looks so good!I normally don't eat chocolate but I LOVEE nutella. I might try baking this soon! :O

  7. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    I have no words!!! What an amazingly decadent creation! What a lucky 15 year old is all I can say, you've certainly done Nutella proud with this beauty!! Drooling at my screen!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much Maral! I think that this would work with peanut butter (but you would probably have to add a little bit more sugar! You could garnish it with reeses/snickers and make a pb/chocolate cake! I'm sure that would be a huge hit!

  8. Irela

    Oh my that cake looks so professional! And wow, super yummy too. I am a huge Nutella freak, HUGE. I can eat it by the spoonfuls, I remember my mother would have to hide it from me lol You've got some amazing skills lady, seriously! ♥

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you so much Irela! Confession — sometimes I keep my nutella jar in the freezer so I can't dip into it as easily!

  9. Rachel @ Bakerita

    That fact that this uses an entire jar of Nutella makes me happy, and I want to eat the whole thing right now! Pinned.

  10. Maddie

    I just turned fifteen and would have loved to enjoy this even over my usual tiramisu recipe. I found this blog a while back and have to say I'm happy there is at least one other teenager in the DC area who actually enjoys cooking! Glad I found this site!

  11. MaryAnn

    I can't wait to make this cake! I love Nutella too, actually had Nutella on toast just this afternoon. But I think I will put Baci on top. If you have never had it you must try it. It's an Italian candy that has hazelnuts in it. Very yummy!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Oh yum! I love Baci! Especially the little messages on the inside! Send me a picture of your cake! I would love to see!

  12. Anonymous

    So YOU'RE the mastermind (and genius) behind this epic cake! I've been seeing pictures of it all around and never found the recipe until I stumbled across your yoga post…which led me to your blog…which led me to your Facebook page…which led me to this amazing discovery. The point is, I NEVER post on people's blogs, but seeing that you're so young and have already accomplished so much (not to mention I love the way your blog is laid out and styled, as well as your awesome posts and even more awesome recipes) you truly are an inspiration. My second passion aside from design is baking, so I'm definitely coming back to your blog to try out each and every one of your masterpieces.

    Much luck to you!!

    Gabbi 🙂

    1. Cannella Vita

      I am currently sitting in the library at school, and this comment made me smile ear-to-ear! Thank you so much for the kind words! 🙂 The internet is such a funny place (that you would find my blog through my article on yoga!). I hope you stop by soon, and feel free to send me an email or message to my facebook page to keep in touch!

  13. Valentina Celant

    Just found your blog and I'm obsessed! This cake is ridiculous {and totally up my alley}. I can't get over how adorable that tiny jar of Nutella is! I'm about to thoroughly creep on your blog and Pin a bunch of stuff.

    {Valentina | The Baking Fairy}

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