Nutella chocolate cake recipe

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This delicious rich Nutella chocolate cake is a simple recipe that uses the gooey, delicious chocolate spread in the sponge and as the filling and topping - it's an easy and delicious bake

Nutella chocolate cake
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories513 Kcal26%
Sugar46.3 g51%
Fat24.5 g35%
Saturated Fat11.2 g56%
Salt0.58 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein7.8 g16%
Carbohydrates66.6 g26%
Salt0.58 gRow 7 - Cell 2

A slice of this Nutella chocolate cake will sweeten up any afternoon tea break.

This decadent Nutella chocolate cake is a recipe that really showcases the famous Italian spread’s delicious chocolate nutty flavour - and, the gooey chocolate centre perfectly complements the light cocoa sponge. It's a quick cake to make - it's ready in less than an hour. And unlike most cakes, you don't even need to wait to until it's completely cool to decorate it. In fact, it helps if it's not: a slight warmness to the cake will make the Nutella melt and make it much easier to spread evenly. So allow it to cool a little but not completely before you add the chocolate spread.


  • 100g butter
  • 100g Nutella, plus plenty extra to decorate and fill
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line 2x 21cm/9inch cake tins with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients together using an electric hand whisk. Once combined, pour into the cake tins making sure you’ve got an even amount in each.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until springy to touch.
  4. Take out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack but don’t let them cool completely. When the two cakes are warm, decide which is going to be your base and spread with a thick layer of Nutella.
  5. Pop the top cake onto the base and press down firmly sandwiching them together. Cover the top of the cake with more Nutella and spread with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

Watch how to make Nutella chocolate cake

Top tip for Nutella chocolate cake

Don't worry if your cake doesn't rise very much - it's a rich, dense flavour and you will not need big, high slices.

Is Nutella from Italy?

Yes, Nutella is made by Ferrero, originally from Piedmont in Italy. After the war when cocoa was scarce, the company created a hazelnut spread that used less cocoa but still had a chocolatey flavour - this became Nutella in 1964.

How can I make this into more of a celebration cake?

Why not decorate the top of the cake with Maltesers to make it look even more special. Around them in a circle around the the edge of the topping, or go really decadent and cover the whole of the top with concentric circles and add an extra rim around the base.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies