02 November, 2009

Dark Chocolate Ferero Rocher Birthday Cake for Cheaters

I threw a dinner party for my mom and sis last month and this is the cake I made for them. I made 24 cupcakes and a 6 inch mini cake to go on the stand. The cupcakes were for the guests and the mini cake was for mommy and sissy poo. I was doing so many things for the get together so I didn't have enough time to whip up a cake from scratch but thanks to the store bought cake in a box,life was made simpler. Here is what I did.


  • Line cupcake pan with gold cupcake liners

  • Mix cake according to directions on box (I used a dark chocolate cake mix)

  • Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake according to directions

  • Remove cakes from oven and pop out of cupcake pan

  • Place on baking rack to cool

  • When cool use a small plastic knife to cone out the center of the cupcake. Keep cake pieces that were coned out

  • Fill a pastry bag with Nutella or if you dont have a pastry bag like I did; roll off some plastic wrap, spoon Nutella in the center, bring corners of wrap together to form a bag-like case, pierce a small hole (the diameter of your pinky) and proceed to fill the centers of the cupcakes.

  • Replace scooped out pieces of cake to center, pressing them lightly into the Nutella

  • Spread ganache over top of cupcakes and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts

Ganache Recipe:


6 inch cake:

  • Mix half of another box of cakemix for the 6" pan (I halved all the ingredients required)

  • Pour 3/4 ways up into 6" cake pan and bake until toothpick comes out of center clean

  • Remove from oven, take out of pan and leave to cool

  • Once fully cool, be very careful slice off the rounded top off the cake if any and proceed to cut the cake into two pieces for layering

  • Spread Nutella inbetween layers of cake

  • Frost with ganache

  • Place unwrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolates on top of cake

Assemble cupcakes and cakes on cake stand as seen in picture , add some candles and sing Happy Birthday!

Click here to get instructions for DIY Cake Stand

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