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15 May, 2017

Chocolate cake with nutella filling | Romanian Amandine

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Chocolate cake with nutella filling, chocolate ganache glaze and whipped cream, the ultimate dessert. Rich, chocolaty, heaven. That’s what a proper dessert looks and tastes like.Β  This is the famous Romanian “Amandina”, which has the plural form “Amandine”, and it’s so loved over there, many of use identifying it with the dessert of our childhood. It is the kind of dessert that takes you back in time whenever you have a bite, and so delicious, you can’t stop eating it. Truly scrumptious!

Hands up who likes nutella! Well, I certainly do.Β  While the original recipe for amandine might not contain nutella, l think it adds to the deliciousness, so the more the better. As you might have noticed lately, I love chocolate too. Too much!!! Just a few days ago I had these amazing strawberries with chocolate sauce, in case you would like to make some divinely indulgent chocolate sauce, l have the perfect recipe: How to make the best chocolate dipping sauce in 5 minutes. Worth giving it a try, l think it’s better than any store-bought chocolate sauce, and it’s ready in 5 minutes or under.

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Making the cakes is a super simple job, but you’ll need to be patient enough and leave them chill in the fridge for quite a bit before having a taste of heaven, ideally overnight. The recipe is the easiest possible, so don’t be overwhelmed by the rather long list of ingredients. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare the sponge, then it goes in the oven for 20 minutes. Plus, while the sponge is in the oven, you can get the glaze, syrup and filing ready, and have them cooling down.

I would suggest making the whipped cream once the cake is chilled and ready to be served. You could choose to have the cake as a big square cake or cut it into 9 individual squares, l think it looks a lot nicer this way. Plus you’ll have to cut it later anyway, you might as well have it done nicely already. Just use a sharp knife to do the job, and keep wiping it clean as you cut. And job done!

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I remember when l was little that cutting a cake in half seemed like an imossible task to me, and always thought mum must have had some super powers to be able to achieve such perfection. While l no longer think halving a cake is such a task, l still think however that mum has some super powers. She’s really amazing!!! It’s all because of her passion for cooking and baking that l so much enjoy being in the kitchen now. And eating cakes, as a matter of fact. You really must give these pretty little cakes a try, you will know what l’m talking about when l say that they are the very best cakes ever baked.

Chocolate cake withΒ nutella filling

 

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Chocolate cake with nutella filling

Chocolate cake with nutella filling, chocolate ganache topping and whipped cream, or the Romanian Amandine, an indulgent dessert that tastes like heaven.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 9 squares
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
For the sponge
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 g self-raising flour 2/3cup
  • 100 g granulated sugar 1/2 cup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling
  • 60 g unsalted butter 1/4 cup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g nutella 1 cup
For the syrup
  • 200 ml water 1 cup
  • 100 g granulated sugar 1/2 cup
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
For the glaze
  • 200 g dark chocolate 1 cup
  • 5 tbsp full-fat milk
To decorate
  • 150 ml whipped cream 1/2 cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C /375 F.

  2. To make the sponge, crack the eggs and add them to a bowl.
  3. Add the sugar and beat them until fluffy and the colour becomes a pale yellow.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder and add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture one tablespoon at a time, mixing well with the spatula.
  5. Once the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, add the vanilla extract, mix again lightly.

  6. Butter and flour a sqaure baking tray of 20x20 cm/9x9 and pour the mixture in.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until risen and firm to touch.
  8. Set aside to cool completely.
  9. To make the filling, make sure that you remove the butter from the fridge at least one hour before, so that it can be really soft.
  10. Place the butter in a large bowl and add the sugar, milk, cocoa powder, nutella and vanilla extract.

  11. Use an electric mixer to beat everything well until smooth and creamy.

  12. To make the syrup, place the water and sugar into a saucepan and bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely.

  13. Add the coffee and the vanilla extract, remove from the boil and allow it to cool completely.

  14. To make the glaze, break the chocolate into small pieces, add them to a bowl and pour over the milk.
  15. Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water and allow the chocolate to melt.
  16. Next, cut the sponge into 2 parts and place one part onto the baking tray.
  17. Use a brush to brush the cake with the syrup, we want it quite moist, but not too soggy.
  18. Next, spread the chocolate filling over the entire cake, place the second part of the sponge on top of the cream and brush it again with the syrup.
  19. Top the cake with the chocolate glaze, the refrigerate for at  least 4 hours, ideally overnight.

  20. Use a sharp knife to cut the cake into 9 squares, then decorate with whipped cream. Serve chilled.

 

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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