Amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe – decorated with Ferrero Rocher

ferrero rocher chocolate cake

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake

My friend Nicola gave me this recipe which she found in her new favourite Waitrose recipe book and promised me it was really good. A great chocolate cake was exactly what I was looking for as my friend Karyn had asked me to make a birthday cake for her son Roan: he doesn’t like icing so it was really important to find a chocolate cake that wouldn’t be dry without it. Last year he wanted a cake with mint Aero bubbles and I had to use enough icing to get them to stick. This year he wanted Ferrero Rocher (no, I had no idea they were a top treat for a 10 year old boy either!) and I wanted to use as little icing as possible to decorate his cake.

When I made Roan’s cake I made one and a half times the recipe quantity to make sure we had a cake as a tester. I put a layer of buttercream and some mocha sprinkles on the top of ours. It didn’t disappoint.

chocolate cake

Tester cake for us!

The original recipe is for a two layer cake but I wanted a lovely moist, dense cake so I made both of my cakes in loose-based, deep-sided cake tins: I put two thirds in an 8″ cake tin and one third in a 7″ tin.

The original recipe was very confusing and difficult to follow: it is for a cake with icing and it listed the total quantities of the ingredients rather than separating them out for the cake and the icing. It took me several readings and quite a lot of maths to figure out the amounts needed just for the cake so that I could then scale it up. But cake will prevail with enough determination. And if nothing else I now have the recipe in an easy-to-follow format!

I had originally thought I would get away without using any icing at all on Roan’s cake. In the end I used the thinnest layer on the top just so I could give the cake a minimal amount of levelling and to give the drizzled Nutella a backdrop. Luckily he didn’t notice.

ferrero rocher cake

Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, sprinkles and glitter

The good news for us is that Roan’s sister Neve would also like a Ferrero Rocher cake for her birthday. I have a feeling I will be scaling up the recipe that time too…

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Delicious chocolate cake!



300ml single cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

300g soft brown sugar

100g plain chocolate, roughly chopped

100g butter

2 eggs

225g plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


Set the oven to 170ºC. Grease, and line the base of, a deep-sided, loose-based 8″ cake tin.

Put the cream, vanilla and half the sugar into a saucepan and heat until just below boiling point.

Add the chocolate and stir until it has melted.

Cream the remaining sugar with the butter until it is light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.

Stir in the melted chocolate mixture.

Fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Pour the mixture into the tin (or tins if you are making two cakes!)

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One and a half times the recipe quantity…

Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes to 1 hour. The cake will be firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean. If the cake starts to brown too much on top towards the end of the cooking time you can cover it with aluminium foil.

Allow to cool in the tin.

chocolate cake

Ready to decorate

Turn out and make sure the cake is completely cool before decorating as you wish. Just a sprinkling of icing sugar would be enough, or you can go all out with the decorations.

Happy Birthday Roan!

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18 replies

  1. Can already taste it just my looking at it!! Yummy

  2. Pass me a fork please!! 😉

  3. Love this! Have also done a Ferrero Rocher cake on my blog as I also love Ferrero chocolates so much! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Sounds deliciously tempting……

  5. Oh gosh… you’ve now inspired me to ALWAYS make a tester cake, just… uh, for quality purposes of course (nothing to do with me wanting extra cake to eat!). The cake looks beautifully moist and delicious. Love the special decorations, lucky Roan! x

  6. I love Ferrero Rocher! This is a genius cake idea!

  7. This looks amazing- love the addition of ferrero rochers!

  8. What type of cake do you recomend i bake for one of your malteser birthday cakes? this one or a chocolate victoria type one it is for my grandaughter who is thirteen on tuesday 10/06/14

    • I usually make chocolate Victoria sponge for Malteser cakes but you could also use this – it is a bit richer so just depends on what you would like. Thank you for your comment and hope your granddaughter has a lovely birthday!


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