Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Happy Nutella Day!

When I heard about World Nutella Day 2007 from Ms. Adventures in Italy I was beside myself. An ardent fan of the famed chocolate hazelnut spread, my first thought was a big, fat, "Finally!". I am in firm agreement that Nutella does derserve a day when everyone goes and pays it homage. Suffice to say I was definitely planning to participate and do my share of Nutella-worship.

I already had a recipe in mind. Since I got myself Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess many moons ago, her Torta alla Gianduja, or Nutella Cake, was bookmarked to be tried. Many recipes jumped ahead of the queue though, but it remained there, dancing in the back of my head, a sweet temptation. Well, today is the day to yield. Nutella lovers, today is YOUR day!

I followed the original recipe pretty much, except I used rum instead of Frangelico, although Nigella does mention that you can do this. And, I didn't toast the hazelnuts for the topping...they were already roasted and I was too lazy (sorry Nigella!).

Here's the recipe...

Nutella Cake
(from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess, page 172)

for the cake:

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 400 grams Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 100 grams ground hazelnuts
  • 100 grams dark chocolate, melted
  • for the icing:

  • 100 grams hazelnuts
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 125 grams dark chocolate
  • - Preheat oven to 180C.
    - In the bowl of your mixer whip egg whites until stiff peaks form (yes! slowly getting over the egg white fear).
    - In another bowl beat butter and Nutella. Add rum, egg yolks, and ground hazelnuts. Fold in the cooled melted chocolate, then add a bit of the egg white (no need to be so gentle) just to lighten the mixture.
    - Fold in the rest of the egg whites, one third at a time.
    - Pour into a 23 cm greased and lined springform tin and bake for 40 minutes (sides should be coming away from pan). Cool in pan on a wire rack.
    - Prepare the icing. Place chocolate, cream, and rum in a saucepan over low heat until chocolate starts melting. Take off heat and whisk until it reaches a consistency suitable for icing your cake. - Unmold the cooled cake. Nigella advises to leave the cake on the base as the cake's "dampness" may make it difficult to move, but I let the parchment I lined it with do the job.
    - Pour ganache over the cake and top with whole hazelnuts.

    Doesn't it look like something you would want to come home to after a hard day? The Nutella-lover in me sure thinks so. I did come across some "bumps" in the form of a cracked top once the cake settled (help! suggestions anyone???), but the gloriously smooth ganache covered it all up! I don't know how this tastes though. It is presently sitting on its pink throne, untouched, waiting for me to (hopefully!) get this post out in time to make Nutella Day! I will add an update here as soon as we sample it :)

    So there you have it. My small contribution in honor of the wondrous substance that has seen me through many a bad day, and a ton of good ones too. Thank you Sara and Shelley for hosting such a fantastic event! And Happy Nutella day to one and all!!!

    My previous posts involving Nutella:
    Nutella as part of my childhood
    Those famous cupcakes!

    UPDATE 2/7 -- Tasting notes: We had some for dessert last night and it was delicious! Moist and dense and chocolate-y. It is a great chocolate cake to have in your chocolate cake stable, and it is surpringly easy to make. However, despite using a whole bottle of Nutella, the Nutella flavor was not as pronounced as I would have liked. I will try incorporating Nutella into the icing next time I make this (yes, there will definitely be a next time!) to up the Nutella quotient.


    Midge said...

    Hi, Joey! That looks so deliciously decadent! I've never tried Nigella's Nutella cake recipe before, but anything with chocolate and hazelnuts must definitely be good!

    Lori said...

    Joey, this cake of yours just leapt off the screen! What an awesome, awesome cake! I too, love Nutella, especially with bananas and bread. Have never tried baking with it, sadly. I will now pluck out my Domestic Goddess book and drool on the recipe. Great job!

    MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

    What a beautiful cake! I'm blown away. Wish I had a slice. I have a large jar of Nutella sitting in my pantry but it just keeps disappearing.
    The cake is really artful.

    Patricia Scarpin said...

    Joey, this cake looks amazing!!

    I'm stunned!

    I have that recipe bookmarked on the book but have tried to "ignore" it in order to lose weight... I have to say it's a difficult thing to do!

    And now, with your post, even harder! ;)

    Brilynn said...

    Wow! Well done! I've look at that recipe tons of times and contemplated making it but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    veron said...

    Joey, this cake looks incredible! I've been having a Nutella fix for a while now.I am so tempted to get a Nigella book. Great job!

    Freya said...

    That looks so good! I was going to make the same cake for the same event but I forgot to buy the Nutella so I missed the deadline! Yours looks lovely!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Midge! Thank you :) I agree...hazelnuts and chocolate = a winning combination :)

    Hi Lori! Thanks!!! :) Nutella and banana is great...I haven't tried them with bread though...hmmm, must try! Delicious Days has a Nutella and Banana Cupcake recipe...

    Hi Tanna! Thank you...you are too kind :) Nutella does have a funny way of disappearing doesn't it? ;)

    Hi Patricia! Thanks so much! :) I had a bookmark on that page for so long that there is a mark already! When you make it, have friends over to spread out the calories...

    Hi Brilynn! Thanks! I know what you mean...so many recipes so little time...

    Hi Veron! Thank you! :) I'm having one too...starting with this morning when I licked all the bowls, pans, and spoons!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Freya! Thank you :) I used the Nutella I have in my "secret Nutella hoard" in the cupboard ;) If you do try it anyways, I'd love to see it!

    rob said...

    Joey, that looks fabulous. I've posted about Nigella's torta alla gianduia, and I don't think you should bat an eyelash about the cracked top. Mine cracked, too, but I don't think it matters because of that gorgeous icing. It's your little secret.

    By the way, I agree wholeheartedly with your "finally" sentiment for Nutella Day.

    Ivonne said...

    It's beautful, Joey!

    Happy World Nutella Day!

    Ivonne said...

    It's beautful, Joey!

    Happy World Nutella Day!

    MrsA said...

    now this is definetly MY kinda cake :-) i am so gonna try this recipe this week thanks for sharing Jo !

    Joe said...

    I had no idea about the nutella day! I love that stuff - your cake looks fantastic!

    christine said...

    Ok, now I really feel bad, even worse, that I can't make it to your place tonight! :( If this is anything like the nutella cupcakes you made, im loving it already!

    wysgal said...

    What do you do with an entire cake if it's just you and C at home? We have lots of people living in my house, but even then it takes forever to finish a cake. =)

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Rob! I so enjoyed your Nutella posts! You are a Nutella genius :) Thanks for the reassurance on the cracked top...and thank god for icing! ;)

    Hi Ivonne! Thanks :) A belated Happy Nutella Day to you too :)

    Hi Mrsa! If you've got Frangelico use that instead of rum...and serve the adults some Frangelico too when you serve the cake...that is Nigella's advice :)

    Hi Joe! Thanks very much! :)

    Hi Nens! Maybe I can send some back to you through someone? These are more chocolate-y, a different ball game but good as well :)

    Hi Wysgal! An excellent question. You have seen me recently so I think you may have a clue as to what I do with the entire cake...hahaha! This is a source of frustration though...not enough mouths and C not even being a dessert person (although he does eat the stuff I make)! It takes us forever to go through anything. So I just foist some of my stuff on whoever is available...usually my brother, my best friend, or the guards at my building. Or I make these when I know people are coming over.

    in-JeN-iosiTy said...

    Joeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! I WAAAAAAAAAAAAANT SOME!!!!!!! We are friends aren't we? So can I come over and have a slice with you? hahahaha I could just imagine it with a cup of strong brewed coffee =)

    cin said...

    yes, I've always contemplated trying this recipe too but wondered how nutella tasting it would be. hmmm, mayb coudl try sandwiching the cake with nutella?

    angelika said...

    Oh boy. What a challenge. I do love Nutella, as you know, and you also know that I basically owe my "marbled" Nutella cupcakes to you ! But honestly I like my Nutella most sitting on the shelf (or in the fridge) with a little spoon near by ;-). Joey, do you know that whenever I think "Nutella" your story about Grandma and the little packages comes to my mind ? So Nutella day or not, you have done a lot to keep Nutella in our minds ! (BTW, I am not so in "industrial" foodie articles, but I think Nutella is one of the most ingenious - ever)

    Linda said...

    wow. absolutely heavenly. i'll have to save this one for a special occasion.

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Jen! It would go great with coffee :) Are you going to be in Makati tomorrow? Maybe you can take some off my hands, haha! :)

    Hi Cin! I'm definitely keen on finding ways to make this cake taste more like Nutella :) Considering I used one whole bottle (plus a tad more...bottles here come in 375 grams instead of 400)...hmmm, time for experimenting!

    Hi Angelika! Glad I gave you some happy Nutella thoughts...like you, I don't usually gravitate towards "industrial" foodstuff, but Nutella is in a league of its own :) Thanks for your nice comments :) And with a spoon is definitely one of my top ways to have Nutella too!

    Hi Linda! Thanks! :) It's yummy, easy to make, and pretty too...perfect for a special occasion :)

    Helene said...

    I'll trade anything for a slice of this....looks decadent.
    Great entry and beautiful blog!

    ces said...

    wow! this is truly a must-try for me joey! just like you nutella is a must-have in our kitchen...i bet the kids will love this!

    bazu said...

    beautiful, simply beautiful! I like Nigella a lot, but don't know if I've ever tried a recipe of hers.

    Who knew there was a world Nutella day...?

    aria said...

    look at your nutella cake!! WOW, i hang my head. so beautiful and i can just tell it's delicious. i'd like a moment or two alone with that cake!!

    in-JeN-iosiTy said...

    Oh my...........is that invitation for real???? hahaha I just came from Alabang just now...and I read this message "just now" that I am back in QC!!!!!! Please please don't tempt---or I shall drive all the way back!!!! hahahaha ;P

    Coffee + Joey's Nutella Cake = HAPPINESS =)

    Thanks, thanks sweet Joey for sharing your sweet creations--I'll just read and dream about it as it is "safer" for the figure! ;P hahahaha

    margauxlicious said...

    I missed it by a day!!!!!! Kainis! So um can you make another one of em goodies and can i buy it from you ;-) Hey Nana Meng Tsokolate has a chocolate spread too a la Nutella. Check it out at the glorietta iv kiosk on the 3rd level.

    margauxlicious said...

    joey and wysgal, about that dilemma ... maybe send some over my way? hehe. At our household we devour everything like there's no tomorrow. I can finish half a tray of brownies in an afternoon hee hee hee.

    ChichaJo said...

    Thanks Helene! :) I'll trade a Nutella macaron for a slice ;)

    Hi Ces! If you make it for kids that love Nutella may I suggest trying to ice it with Nutella as well? :) It'll make more of an impact that way I suspect :)

    Hi Bazu! Thanks! I like Nigella too...I have tried a few of her recipes already and they have turned out well :)

    Hi Aria! Thank you for such nice comments! :)

    Hi Jen! Haha! Definitely safer (for the figure) to "view" the cake than eat it! Hehehe :)

    Hi Margauxlicious! Hehe :) Thanks for the tip on Nana Meng Tsokolate...a spread, sounds promising! And now I know what to do with all my stuff that we can't finish...send them to you and Jen! Heehee :)

    Mila Tan said...

    Joey, just text us when you have something like this waiting to be devoured! I love nutella (have you tried Ian's nutella icecream yet? OMG, die happy I tell you)! I put it in my oatmeal because a day without nutella is pretty sad.

    Cake looked stunning, ready for it's closeup, which you had too! Publish your own domestic goddessness!

    Stinni said...

    Your picture of the cake over at Ms. Adventures in Italy was stunning and I'm glad I followed the link. :) I have a feeling I'll be back here. :)

    Pamela said...

    Hi Joey,

    If I weren't diabetic at the moment I would definately be running home to make one of these. I ADORE nutella and that cake looks absolutely heavenly!!

    Marketmanila said...

    Gosh that looks REALLY REALLY good. I don't have that Nigella cookbook yet...hmmm, now I should head off to the bookstore...

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Mila! Thanks!!! :) I will definitely text you next time I need help with consuming the goods :) Goodness! Ian has Nutella ice cream! I have to get some soon...thanks for the tip!

    Hi Stinni! Thanks for dropping in and leaving a sweet comment :) Isn't Nutella the best? :)

    Hi Pamela! Ooh! I wish I could give you some! Well, I hope everything goes back to normal after the baby arrives :)

    Hi Marketman! Thank you!!! :) So far HtbaDG has treated me well :)

    Lani said...

    It looks delicious, yummy. You can also add some hazelnut paste in the icing just like what my sil did.

    jaze said...

    i never have a nutella in my life, but judging by your photos, it should be worth a try, i love chocolate cakes, so i would love to give this recipe a try

    Katrina said...

    Judging from the number of comments, we Nutella lovers are legion! It's truly a product worthy of adoration. And that cake is eye-popping (waistband-popping too, I bet)!!! I have that cookbook -- it is now conveniently with my sister, so I shall coerce her to bake it ASAP.

    Felipe doesn't eat dessert, so I avoid taking it home -- guess who would eat it all? Wysgal, I can't believe your family takes their time with food. My family's smaller than yours, but cakes rarely last more than a day at our house. Joey, next time you have a surfeit of food, please don't forget we're neighbors! ;-)

    Mila, Nutella with oatmeal?! What a fantastic idea! Negates oatmeal's health benefits, but who cares? And Ian's Nutella ice cream...MMMMMMM!!!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Lani! Thanks :) That's a great idea!

    Hi Jaze! If you like chocolate you will like this cake :) But if you do get a chance to find Nutella please do try it, straight up with a spoon...it's really yummy! :)

    Hi Katrina! Yes, there are TONS of Nutella fans out there...you should have seen the ruckus over the Nutella frosted cupcakes! And with good reason...Nutella is simply a happy food :) I will definitely remember you when we have a surfeit of food...we need all the help we can get! Haha :)

    Kristen said...

    Oh me oh my...that looks like one fantastic cake!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Kristen! Thanks! :)

    Anonymous said...

    I just made this cake and it was chocolatey tasting, but not nearly sweet enough. I'd rather just eat the Nutella from the jar than go through all the trouble (and expense) of making this cake.

    I do have enough ingredients to make it again, but I am going to try milk chocolate instead of dark/semi-sweet and perhaps incorporate some Nutella in the ganache.

    Audra Majocha said...

    my mouth is watering! so beautiful! i cannot wait to try this! thank you!


    Katarina said...

    I've just made this, and I love it! I'm gonna make it for my boyfriend's birthday :)