Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sinful Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

While Christmas means family time and spreading joy and cheer, it also means that it is time to fill the house with baked goodies. There always seems to be company in and out of the house through the holidays. Whether it's for friends coming over for a visit, family coming into town, or hosting a party, this recipe is sure to impress and entertain your guests. It comes to us straight from My Lazy Daisy head designer and co-owner, Dana Brooks.  You might be interested to know that Dana is not only a quilting and design genius, she is also an amazing cook.  All of us in the home office can attest to that!

This AMAZING chocolate cake will spin your taste buds into a whirl. There is fluffy chocolate hazelnut mousse sandwiched between two layers of rich chocolate cake, all topped of with chocolate ganache, chopped hazelnuts and chunks of chocolate. WE HOPE YOU ARE A CHOCOLATE LOVER because the hazelnut in this recipe is the perfect compliment to the chocolate and ever so delicately heightens the flavor.

1 box devil's food cake mix
1pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix

1 C heavy whipping cream
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C cocoa powder
1tsp. hazelnut flavoring
1 tsp. unflavored Gelatin
2tsp. cold water

Chocolate Ganache 
6 oz Semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 heavy whipping cream

Prepare devil's food cake batter as directed on the box. Mix instant vanilla pudding mix into the batter. Bake in two 8"round pans as directed on the box. Let cool

In a large bowl combine 1c heavy whipping cream, sugar, cocoa powder and hazelnut flavoring and whip until stiff peaks start to form. In a separate bowl combine unflavored gelatin and cold water. Stir until smooth. Fold gelatin mix into the large bowl of whipped mousse. This will help it to thicken. Place in fridge and allow to set up.

Spread the mousse over the top of one cake layer, then gently place the other cake on top of the mousse layer.

In a small pot on low heat (or microwave) mix chocolate chips and 1/2 whipping cream stirring continuously until melted.

Pour ganache over the top layer of cake, then top with chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips.


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