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Eggless Ferrero Rocher Cake

A healthy and rich cake filled with lots of hazelnuts and Ganache. If you love Ferrero Rocher chocolates, then definitely this cake is for you.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked
Keyword Hazelnut Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Frosting Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Author Samira Gupta

Ingredients

My Cup Measures 240 ml

For The Cake

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Coarsely Ground Hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 2 Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar

For Ganache

  • 150 ml Cream
  • 150 g Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Nutella

For Whipping Cream

  • 250 ml Heavy Whipping Cream

Assembly

  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Hazelnuts Chopped
  • Few Ferrero Rocher Chocolates

Instructions

For The Cake

  1. Grease a 7'' round cake tin and dust it with flour. Keep it aside.

  2. Toast hazelnuts and grind coarsely. Toasting enhances the flavor. Toast in oven or a wok till light golden.

  3. Start preheating oven at 180 degrees for C for 15 minutes. If baking in microwave convection then preheat at 170 degrees celsius.

  4. Sift together wheat flour, cornflour, cocoa powder, baking soda, instant coffee powder, and salt at least 3 to 4 times.

  5. Mix ground hazelnuts and brown sugar in it.

  6. Make a well in the centre and add oil, vanilla essence, Nutella, water and vinegar in it.

  7. Mix everything lightly using cut and fold method. Do not mix it vigorously else the cake will turn out hard.

  8. The batter should be of flowing consistency. If need be, adjust the consistency of the batter by adding little more water.

  9. Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin. Tap it lightly 2 to 3 times to release air bubbles, if any.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

  11. Check if the cake is baked fully. Insert a toothpick and see that it comes out clean. Along with this, press the cake lightly and it should feel spongy. If not, bake for few more minutes.

  12. Take out the cake tin and wait for 8 to 10 minutes till it cools down slightly.

  13. Invert it on a wire rack.

  14. Let it cool completely, then, wrap it in cling film and keep it in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours. If possible, keep it overnight.

Make Ganache

  1. Heat cream for a minute in the microwave. Or heat it on the gas stove till bubbles appear around the edges.

  2. Add chopped chocolate and butter in it.

  3. Cover for 5 minutes.

  4. Add Nutella. Mix everything and keep it in the refrigerator for 5 to 6 hours, better if overnight. Do not keep it in the freezer else tiny frozen pieces will create difficulty in icing.

Whip Cream

  1. Chill the whipping blades and the bowl in the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes (maybe longer).Whip cream till you get soft peaks.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of set ganache. Ensure that it is set. Whip again till you get stiff peaks.

Assembly

  1. Take 2 cake boards, one of 9'' and the other of 7''. Bigger one to keep the final cake and smaller one, exactly of the same size as the cake.

  2. Take out the cake. Divide it into 3 parts by making a cut around it and then pulling it through a thread.

  3. Keep the bottom layer on the 7'' cake board.

  4. Brush sugar syrup on it.
  5. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts.
  6. Spread a layer of whipped cream.
  7. Put the other part on it and repeat the process, that is, sugar syrup then hazelnuts and then whipped cream.
  8. Put the final layer of cake. Just brush sugar syrup.
  9. Now, cover the entire cake with whipped cream. You don't have to be very neat as we will be covering it with Ganache.
  10. Keep it in the freezer for half an hour. This is because the cream doesn't curdle when the ganache is poured over it.
  11. Now, the Ganache which is set by now, melt it by putting it in the microwave for a minute. It will be smooth and runny again.
  12. Keep the inverted cake tin in a plate.
  13. Put the cake on this.
  14. Once melted ganache comes at room temperature, pour it on the cake, covering the top as well the sides. Excess Ganache will drip off and get collected in the plate.
  15. Now, carefully lift the cake and keep it on the bigger cake board. Smaller cake board will ease the lifting of the cake otherwise the cake will crumble.
  16. Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour or till the Ganache sets.
  17. Decorate it with whipped cream, hazelnuts and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Recipe Notes

  1. Salt is added to enhance the flavor of sugar so do not skip it.
  2. Corn flour has lower protein content and thus makes the cake light.
  3. Sifting is important as it incorporates air in the flour thus making the cake light.
  4. If baking in Otg, preheat it at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. If baking in microwave convection preheat it at 160 degrees, time is inbuilt in the system. So start preheating accordingly.
  5. The quantity of water may vary as different flours have different absorption capacities.
  6. Always invert the cake on a wire rack otherwise it will get soggy from the bottom.
  7. Keeping the cake in the refrigerator eases its division into 2 or 3 parts with fewer crumbs.
  8. Ganache, when fresh, will be runny. When left in the refrigerator for a few hours, will turn hard. It will again be runny when heated.
  9. Always keep the cake on a board before icing and covering with Ganache. This eases the lifting of cake otherwise it will crumble.
  10. Do not pour hot ganache on the cake. Pour when comes at room temperature.
  11. Ganache collected in the plate can be used either next time or add it in your milkshakes or drizzle on ice cream.