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How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line with parchment paper, a 23 x 5 cm loose bottomed baking pan. Set aside.
  • In a stainless steel or heatproof bowl place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate and cocoa powder and stir until they have melted. Set aside to cool while you make the batter.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk to combine, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream the butter. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is fluffy (this will take about 3-5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
  • Add the milk and flour mixtures in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat only until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • When completely cooled, split the cake into 3 layers; place one layer in the same baking pan after you have washed it.
  • Chocolate filling:
  • Put the cream in a saucepan and turn the heat to medium. Remove the pan from the heat immediately before the cream starts boiling. Add the diced chocolate, and stir until dissolved.
  • In a small bowl, using a spatula or a fork beat the butter until soft. Stir the butter into the cream and let it cool at room temperature for about 2 hours. Spread 1/3 of the filling over the cake half and sprinkle some caramelized hazelnuts over . Place a second layer on top and repeat layering using same amount of the filling and hazelnuts. Finish with the last layer and spread the rest of the filling overt the top and sides of the cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator.
  • Make the glaze:
  • Get the cream to a simmer over a medium heat in a heavy saucepan, add the diced chocolate and stir till smoothed. Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then add the honey.The honey gives a shiny look to the glaze but you can omit it if you don’t want that much of sweet taste. Whisk till smoothed and mixture begins to thicken. Pour
  • the mixture immediately over the cake and tilt the rack or use a spatula to cover all the surface and sides. Refrigerate at least for 2 hours.
  • ENJOY!!
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  • Good4U 4 years ago
    reviewed in IMI by Ambus
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    " It was excellent "
    ladychef2012 ate it and said...
    This was simply amazing I loved making it from start to finish this got me an A in culinary class! :)
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  • MistressMaddie 7 years ago
    Right up my ally ty. Can't wait to make!
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    " It was excellent "
    pinkpasta ate it and said...
    Gorgeous! Five forks...of coarse! Flagged beautiful as well...
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    " It was excellent "
    jo_jo_ba ate it and said...
    Wou make all your recipes so approachable, thank you so much for giving me some confidence!
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    " It was excellent "
    cholena ate it and said...
    I tried dis with 2 layers 2day for a birthday party . It was a bomb : 0 ) and yep , it was reali a hardwork and I loved it .
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmal ate it and said...
    How long has this been here? Why haven't I seen this until now? I'll bet this tastes exactly like Nutella. When I have a suitable oven again, time, money and energy, I will attempt to make it, but I promise no such luck on execution. I'll post it as "I have braved Ahmed's ardurous but slammin' Nutella cake. It tastes great, but looks like a lump of poo." I'll bet you can't wait.
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    " It was excellent "
    cholena ate it and said...
    I need to make a cake for a birthday party in 2 weeks time . Was looking at dis recipe and it's Just perfect . Thx
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  • greekgirrrl 10 years ago
    Ok..what a beautiful recipe..I will make it..thank you dear!
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    " It was excellent "
    iffyo ate it and said...
    Omg!this is heaven!i guess this is ur BEST post so far!! atleast thats what i think!
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  • mbe 10 years ago
    Oh you are so sinful you!! I love the flavours, great great post.
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    " It was excellent "
    ambus ate it and said...
    Perfect,excellant,amazing...I made it today.It deserves more than 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    zena824 ate it and said...
    Awesome as usual Ahmed... what can I always out do yourself....
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    hi AHMED i have to agree with VIVIAN !!!!!!!!.will definitely be making it soon 3 weddings in the family coming off in February
    have a happy baking day!!!!!!!
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  • vivian 10 years ago
    Just when I think that you can't possibly make anything better, you go and do it again!!!! :-)
    I do hope that you are saving all these wonderful photo's to put in that best seller cook book.
    Just remember who your friends are when you become famous!
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Oh my goodness....the title alone drew me in and the photos may hold me captive here. Gorgeous photos and your cake looks so delicious. I love the step by step visuals. Fantastic post. I am saving your recipe to try very soon. I think I could sway people with this cake.... =)

    I'll let you know when I make it....thanks!
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  • angelgirl94 10 years ago
    I can't fight it. The pull of the chocolate is just too strong. I must have some.:)
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  • ambauer 10 years ago
    *Falls over from sugar shock* That looks so amazing!
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  • michelle73 10 years ago
    Oh! All I can say is I'm drooling over here. Licking the monitor just isn't cutting it! Another great and beautiful looking recipe Ahmed!
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  • zanna 10 years ago
    Awesome photos,great recipe.You are making me fat just looking at it!I will have to give up plain chocolate so I CAN MAKE ALL YOUR RECIPES(and eat them too).:)
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