Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake Filling Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Filling Recipe

I make many varieties of hazelnut cake. Here is the easiest one, including chocolate buttercream and chopped hazelnuts.

Chocolate Hazelnut is Option #9 in the
Streamlined Layer Cake Filling Menu

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Filling Recipe

Streamlined Cake Filling Method

This recipe is one of 11 cake filling flavors in a streamlined cake menu. All the variations are based on these two simple buttercream recipes that work beautifully both as fillings and frosting. A streamlined menu minimizes the amount of work required to make each cake, which is a terrific time-saver in the kitchen, especially for those who run a bakery business.

Base Recipe
Chocolate Buttercream Cake Frosting & Filling Smooth Buttercream Frosting Recipes Components

– Chocolate or vanilla cake layers
Chocolate buttercream cake frosting
– Hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
– Nutella or chocolate ganache

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Filling Recipe

1. Toast the whole hazelnuts, allow them to cool, then chop them into granules.

2. Build the cake layers in the pan using this layer cake filling method.

3. Create one filling layer of chocolate buttercream sprinkled with toasted chopped hazelnuts.

4. Create a second filling layer with Nutella. This layer should be thin. Repeat, alternating the layers as needed.

5. Wrap the filled cake within its pan entirely in plastic wrap.

6. Freeze or chill the cakes until cold. Follow this link to learn more about my cake freezing method.

Layer Cake Fillings Recipes

The cake shown above was enrobed in chocolate glaze, rimmed with toasted chopped hazelnuts, and topped with marbled chocolate shavings and whole toasted hazelnuts.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Filling Recipe

Toasted Hazelnut Dacquoise Cake Filling
Hazelnut Dacquoise Cake Filling

Sometimes I also include discs of hazelnut dacquoise to the cake layers. I soak them with almond-flavored simple syrup, the combination of which adds a nutty, chewy dimension to the cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquois

Making dacquoise is a great way to use up extra egg whites when you have them on hand. I make dacquoise from feel, without using a recipe but here is a similar type of recipe for a Hazelnut Almond Dacquoise. Note: even though not all recipes call for it, when including dacquoise inside of a cake, it’s best to soak the dried meringue heavily with flavored simple syrup.

Suggested Cake Filling Method

Layer Cake Filling in the Pan My preferred method for assembling layer cakes is to build them inside the baking pan. I recommend watching the videos and reading this entire tutorial on how to fill cakes in the pan.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Filling Recipe

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Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake Filling Recipe — 3 Comments

  1. When using this filling what would be the best frosting to cover the cake with? Can I mix the nutella with the chocolate frosting?

    • I don’t recall ever mixing my buttecream recipe with nutella. I can’t imagine a reason why it wouldn’t work as a filling option though. As for the finish, pure buttercream is better. Some good options would be chocolate ganache, vanilla buttercream or chocolate buttercream.

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