Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake Recipe

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A few weeks ago we celebrated my dad’s birthday, so for this occasion I decided to make a cake that will have all the things my dad loves – chocolate, nuts, poppy seeds, dulce de leche and even though Nutella isn’t on his named list, who in the world doesn’t like Nutella, right? This cake was a raving success and I am jumping in excitement (on the inside guys, on the inside) as I share this Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake Recipe with you all!

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well everything would work together since this cake was just something I put together hoping that it would work. But, when we cut the cake, the inside of the cake looked incredible, as you can see from the picture inside!
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Then as everyone started tasting it their eyes got wide open, because the cake was so, so good! Of course, I was on heaven 7 from excitement that, my little experiment had worked! Even though we just had a good dinner, almost everyone asked for a second slice. I haven’t had this kind of success in a while! Check this out!

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Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake Recipe

Yield: One 8′ cake, 9-12 servings

Hazelnut Meringue Ingredients:

4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 cup lightly roasted hazelnuts (or any other nut), roughly chopped
1/4 cup lightly roasted hazelnuts, chopped – if you would like to sprinkle some on top of the meringue disks.

How to make the Hazelnut Meringue: 

Prepare the Hazelnut Meringue Disks following the recipe HERE.

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Nutella Custard Buttercream Ingredients:

6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk, boiling hot
1/2 cup nutella spread
1 1/2 sticks butter

How to make the Nutella Custard Buttercream: 

Follow the recipe HERE to make the buttercream.
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Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake Ingredients:

4 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all purspose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 dry poppy seeds
1 1/2 baking powder
2 Tbsp melted butter

Make the Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake:

Preheat oven to 350F with the rack in the middle. Line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Or line with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Fasten a wet cake strip around the baking pan.
Whip 4 eggs and 3/4 cups sugar with a stand mixer for 15 minutes, or until the ribbon of dough flowing from the whisk doesn’t disappear for a couple seconds.

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Add sifted 3/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder in halves, folding carefully after each. Don’t worry if the flour is not fully incorporated at this point. Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake - Layers Chocolate Poppyseed Cake, Hazelnut Meringue and Nutella Custard Buttercream will have your guests swoon from this deliciousness! Step by Step pictures are included for guaranteed success! | by Let the Baking Begin!

Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and fold several times to incorporated slightly.
Now add the 1/4 cup dry poppy seeds and fold until just incorporated.Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake - Layers Chocolate Poppyseed Cake, Hazelnut Meringue and Nutella Custard Buttercream will have your guests swoon from this deliciousness! Step by Step pictures are included for guaranteed success! | by Let the Baking Begin!

Pour into a parchment lined 9 inch cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes at 350F. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check for doneness, it should come out clean with no crumbs or wet dough on it.
Remove the pan to a cooling rack and and cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan. Then run a knife on the inside of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan and invert the cake onto the cooling rack, to cool completely.
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Mix the following ingredients togeher in a cup or a squeeze bottle: 1/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 Tbsp Liqueur (I used Amaretto di Amore), 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

How to assemble Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake:

Remove the parchment paper off the cake.
Cut the cake in two even layers horizontally using a long serrated knife.
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Place the meringue disk on top of the cake layers and trim the chocolate cake layers, so they are all the the same size if needed.
Reserve 1 cup of frosting and set aside (this will be used for decorating. Put a dab of frosting onto the serving plate/board.Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake - Layers Chocolate Poppyseed Cake, Hazelnut Meringue and Nutella Custard Buttercream will have your guests swoon from this deliciousness! Step by Step pictures are included for guaranteed success! | by Let the Baking Begin!

Top with an upside down top layer of the split cake. Drizzle with half the soaking mixture. Put 1/3 of the frosting on top and spread evenly. Add the first meringue disk, putting it upside down. Press gently to adhere.
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Add 1/3 more of the frosting, spread into an even layer;  add the second meringue disk bottom side up; top with the last 1/3 frosting; put the last chocolate poppy seed layer bottom side up; drizzle with the remaining of the soaking syrup.

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Fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium french star tip (Ateco 869) and pipe the frosting in dots, making three circles going from the outside in. Squeeze whatever it left out in the bag and spread in the middle. Top the middle with about 2 cups of fresh raspberries.
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Add some hazelnut halves to the top of the piped frosting if you wish.
Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving. Best eaten within 12-24 hours of assembly.

Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake Recipe

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Serves: 9' round cake, 9-12 serving

Ingredients

Hazelnut Meringue Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lightly roasted hazelnuts (or any other nut), roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup lightly roasted hazelnuts, chopped - if you would like to sprinkle some on top of the meringue disks.

Nutella Custard Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups milk, boiling hot
  • ½ cup nutella spread
  • 1½ sticks butter

Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup all purspose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ dry poppy seeds
  • 1½ baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Soaking Syrup:

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Liqueur (I used Amaretto di Amore)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract.

Instructions

How to make the Hazelnut Meringue:

  1. Prepare the Hazelnut Meringue Disks following the recipeHERE.

How to make the Nutella Custard Buttercream:

  1. Follow the recipeHERE to make the buttercream.

Make the Chocolate Poppy Seed Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F with the rack in the middle. Line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Or line with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Fasten a wet cake strip around the baking pan.
  2. Whip 4 eggs and ¾ cups sugar with a stand mixer for 15 minutes, or until the ribbon of dough flowing from the whisk doesn't disappear for a couple seconds.
  3. Add sifted ¾ cups flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder and 1½ tsp baking powder in halves, folding carefully after each. Don't worry if the flour is not fully incorporated at this point.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and fold several times to incorporated slightly.
  5. Now add the ¼ cup dry poppy seeds and fold until just incorporated.
  6. Pour into a parchment lined 9 inch pan and bake for about 30 minutes at 350F. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check for doneness, it should come out clean with no crumbs or wet dough on it.
  7. Remove the pan to a cooling rack and and cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan. Then run a knife on the inside of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan and invert the cake onto the cooling rack, to cool completely.

Make the soaking syrup

  1. Mix the following ingredients together: ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 Tbsp Liqueur (I used Amaretto di Amore), 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract.

How to assemble Hazelnut Meringue Nutella Cake:

  1. Remove the parchment paper off the cake.
  2. Cut the cake in two even layers horizontally.
  3. Place the meringue disk on top of the cake layers and trim the chocolate cake layers, so they are all the the same size if needed.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of frosting and set aside (this will be used for decorating. Put a dab of frosting onto the serving plate/board.
  5. Top with an upside down top layer of the split cake. Drizzle with half the soaking mixture. Put ⅓ of the frosting on top and spread evenly. Add the first meringue disk, putting it upside down. Press gently to adhere.
  6. Add ⅓ more of the frosting, spread into an even layer; add the second meringue disk bottom side up; top with the last ⅓ frosting; put the last chocolate poppy seed layer bottom side up; drizzle with the remaining of the soaking syrup.\Fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium french star tip and pipe the frosting in dots, making three circles going from the outside in. Squeeze whatever it left out in the bag and spread in the middle. Top the middle with about 2 cups of fresh raspberries.
  7. Add some hazelnut halves to the top of the piped frosting if you wish.
  8. Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving. Best eaten within 12-24 hours of assembly.

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  • Tatyana

    Wow, this looks incredible! Definitely on my list to try! Thank you so much!

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  • Tanya

    Marinochka,
    You are a very, very talented and amazing, amazing person and mom! Thank you for sharing pictures of you beautiful baby! She is absolutely adorable doll and has grown so much. Your cake is an amazing creation! I admired your awesome pictures and decides that I am going to try to replicate for Thanksgiving Day! Thank you for inspiring and sharing with us your family, talents and time!

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  • Silvia

    Wow. Marina.
    This cake looks so good. I am trying to bake this cake soon for some occasion.
    Thank you dear.

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  • Lena

    Hello what can I substitute liquer with? Thanks in advance

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  • Lyu

    Hi there, i have a question. I made this cake but when i assembeled it together, meringue got sooo super soft and yucki! I was very upset with the cream and the cake overall. What did i do wrong?? My cream did not turn out stiff, it was pretty runny

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    • Hi Lyu,
      Sorry you were having trouble with the cake 🙁
      It is very hard for me to say why things didn’t go as they should have, as I am not sure at which step the trouble started. This is not an easy recipe and has a lot of steps involved, so many things could have gone wrong.

      Since I have step by step pictures, you can tell what your dough/meringue/cream should look like at each step. Is there any step in particular where your preparations didn’t look like mine? If you can specify where the trouble started, it would be easier for me to figure out what might’ve been done wrong.

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