Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake Recipe

A Great recipe for chocolate cake with hazelnut mousse. This is Dessert is a family favorite.


1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

3cups whipping cream
1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
4 tbsp hot water
4 tsp instant espresso

Chocolate Glaze
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
1/2 cup strawberries, halved


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 8″ cake rounds by greasing and flouring them

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl and mix until well combined

In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With the mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine. Split the batter into the prepared pans

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean

Cool in pans for 30 minutes, then turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, use a large serrated knife to evenly split each layer into 2.

To make the mousse. Dissolve instant espresso in hot water in a medium sized bowl. Add the hazelnut spread, beating until smooth. In a mixer, whip the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold the hazel nut mixture into the whipped cream until the color is uniform.

To make the chocolate glaze: In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla.

To assemble cake: Layer cakes and mousse. Spread warm glaze over top layer of cake. Garnish with strawberries and whipped cream.