Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake

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A Ferrero Rocher inspired layer cake. Three layers of delicious chocolate sponge, filled with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream, and topped with Ferrero Rocher

Today’s cake is for anyone finding January a struggle this year. Anyone counting down the days until the end of the month. Anyone wishing for summer and warmer weather, for payday or for the next long weekend. Its a beauty of a cake inspired by Ferrero Rocher. Three layers of moist chocolate sponge, filled with ganache and chocolate buttercream, and topped with Ferrero Rocher. The perfect cake to cheer up anyone hit by a dose of the January blues.

Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

This time of year I always seem to bake something involving Ferrero Rocher. Last year it was this Nutella and Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake. I think its because this time of year there are just so many in the supermarkets here in Hong Kong. I see them every time I do the weekly shop, or pop in for fruit at lunch time and then, as if by some sort of subliminal messaging, they dig themselves into my subconscious and I find myself dreaming up recipes with them.

Hong Kong is not a friendly place for the January dieter. Supermarkets are literally overflowing with chocolates, biscuits and all manner of sweet treats in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Last week wrapping stations started appearing outside supermarket doors to wrap up the endless boxes of confectionary that will be exchanged over the holidays next week. Our local shop has run out of shelf space to stock the array of treats, and the cereal aisle is lined with cardboard boxes on the floor full of bags of sweets, peanut candy and all manner of dried fruits and seeds. The king of the chocolates though has to be Ferrero Rocher. You won’t find a supermarket that doesn’t have a giant display of these gold wrapped treats. I’m not sure what it is about them. Maybe its the gold foil making them resemble the wealth everyone hopes the new year will bring, or maybe its because they’re just so darn tasty. Whatever it is, they are very much loved here.

Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.comChocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

This layer cake is deliciously chocolatey, and surprisingly quick to put together. It has three layers of chocolate sponge, and and is filled with a rich chocolate ganache, and a creamy chocolate buttercream. Ganache and buttercream together may seem like a bit of an indulgence, but they work so well together. The ganache is smooth, rich and dark, the buttercream light, sweet and creamy. A real chocolate lovers dream!
Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.comChocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.comnotes//

  • If you don’t have 5inch pans, you could make two 8 inch layers. You may need to adjust your baking time. 
  • The cake will serve 8 – 12 people, depending on how big you want to make your slices, and how much your friends love chocolate!  
  • I haven’t added them here, but for an extra nod to Ferrero Rocher you could sprinkle a layer of chopped hazelnuts onto the ganache before topping with buttercream.
  • Ferrero Rocher lovers might also enjoy my Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream or my Ferrero Rocher Brownies.

Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Layer Cake
 
A Ferrero Rocher inspired layer cake. Three layers of delicious chocolate sponge, filled with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate buttercream, and topped with Ferrero Rocher
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Serves: serves 8-12
Ingredients
  • ---- for the cake
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 110g soft brown sugar
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • ---- for the ganache
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100g double cream
  • ----- for the butter cream
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 60ml double cream
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 7 Ferrero Rocher, to decorate
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan/ 350F and grease and line 3 x 5inch tins.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, caster sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in two of the eggs and half the flour. Beat to combine, and repeat with the remaining eggs, flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Add in 2 - 3 tablespoons of milk to loosen the batter.
  5. Divide the mixture equally between the three prepared tins, and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen, and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely, then level the cakes.
  7. To make the ganache, break the chocolate up into a heat proof bowl. In a pan, gently heat the cream until just below boiling point. Pour oven the chocolate, allow to stand for a minute, then stir together until combined and smooth. Allow to cool until the ganache has reached a thick, but still liquid consistency. Spread evenly over two of the cake layers and allow to set. You can put the cake layers into the fridge if you want to speed this up.
  8. Next, make the buttercream. Beat the butter and cream together until very pale and fluffy. Sift in the cocoa powder, icing sugar and salt and beat to combine. Finally, add the vanilla extract and boiling water and bring together.
  9. Using a round tipped nozzle, pipe on top of the ganache on one cake layer. You need to pipe little dots all over the layer. It is best to work in circles from the inside out to ensure even coverage. Repeat with the second and third cake layer. Finish with Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

 

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Comments:

  1. I pretty much gasped at every single photo in this blog post. It’s such a beautiful looking cake. I love the idea of using both ganache and buttercream – brilliantly indulgent!

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