This chocolate cheesecake cake is made with 2 layers of chocolate cake sandwiching a baked chocolate cheesecake and filled and frosted with Nutella frosting.
I love combining sometimes two, maybe three delicious desserts and turning them into one delectable dessert. It makes eating the dessert less guilt free. If you are a chocoholic, then this is just the dessert for you. A chocolate cheesecake cake with creamy delicious Nutella frosting.
The preparation of this chocolate cheesecake cake came together over the course of a weekend. There are three parts to this cake.
I recommend making parts of this cake in advance.
Make the chocolate cheesecake layer first because it has the longest baking and chilling time. This layer can even be made a week in advance. When baked and cooled, simply wrap the baking tin with cling film, pop in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
Next is the chocolate cake layer. I baked the chocolate layers the night before and chilled it overnight. Chilling the chocolate cake overnight will give the crumbs time to settle and make this soft chocolate cake easier to handle.
The final part of the prep work for this cake is the Nutella frosting. You can make the frosting just before assembling the cake. Once you have all three parts of the cake ready, it’s just a matter of putting the cake together.
Now let’s talk flavors.
The chocolate cake has a double dose of chocolate. I used a mix of cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate, to make this cake extra fudgy. The taste of the cake is pure chocolate heaven.
Buttermilk and brown sugar add moisture and flavor to the chocolate cake. The molasses in brown sugar make the chocolate soft and moist. If you haven’t got any buttermilk at hand, make some by mixing in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar with 120 ml (1 cup) milk and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Between the two layers of chocolate cake is chocolate cheesecake. Cream cheese, condensed milk, sugar, eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla extract create the decadent cheesecake layer. This layer is not for the faint-hearted. It is creamy, extremely rich and delicious.
The Nutella frosting is light, fluffy and mousse like. The ingredients are butter, vegetable shortening, icing sugar, Nutellla and mascarpone cheese. Have a taste of the frosting when it is done. Add more Nutella if you think the frosting needs more Nutella. By all means, customise it to suit your taste buds.
After the cake is frosted, it’s time to add some embellishment. Drizzle ganache around the side and top of the cake. Then pipe swirls on top of the cake with a 1M open star tip. To finish off sprinkle chocolate sugar strands over the ganache and then the top the swirls with Ferrero Roche chocolates.
Et voila, cake done.
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