Piece of nutella chocolate cake on a plate

Decadent Nutella Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Vera Zecevic
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Decadent Nutella Chocolate Cake – a moist and rich cake recipe iced with creamy, buttery Nutella frosting. Triple-layer chocolate cake is the ultimate birthday cake – your kids will absolutely adore you for making it! Top this masterpiece with some sprinkles, and you’re good to go!


  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For Chocolate Nutella Frosting:
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter-room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 11 oz semisweet baking chocolate-melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease three 8 inch round baking pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and mix on medium speed 2 minutes.
  4. Add boiling water and mix until it’s smooth.
  5. Divide batter into 3 prepared pans and bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes in the pans, than remove from pans to wire racks upside down (this flattens domed cakes) and cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting melt 11 oz chocolate and let it cool to a room temperature.
  8. Beat the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy, then add chocolate, nutella, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  9. Add sour cream and mix it well to combine evenly.
  10. To assemble the cake place a dollop of frosting on the plate, then place the first layer and spread about 1 1/2 of frosting over the cake,. Repeat the process with the other two layer and cover the cake with frosting. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles. Store in the fridge.