Cinnamon Nutella cake

Cinnamon Nutella cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into about 12 slices

Cakes like these are wonderfully therapeutic to make - chuck the lot into a bowl, and give it a quick beat and it's ready to bake. Simple enough for a complete beginner

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
320
protein
5g
carbs
34g
fat
19g
saturates
8g
fibre
1g
sugar
20g
salt
0.63g

Ingredients

  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 rounded tbsp Nutella or own-brand chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/ fan 160C. Butter and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and milk into a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes, or with an electric hand mixer for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Tip three quarters of the mixture into the tin, spread it level, then spoon the Nutella on in four blobs. Top with the remaining mixture, swirl a few times with a skewer, then smooth to cover the Nutella.
  4. Sprinkle with the nuts. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until risen, nicely browned, feels firm to touch and springs back when lightly pressed (cover with foil if it starts to brown too quickly). Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. Wrap tightly in double thick foil to keep fresh for up to a week.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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ChileGuajillo's picture
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Fantastic cake for a midweek pudding! In fact, it's so easy to make you should make sure your kids can help! I would agree on reducing the flour to 185gr and even the butter to 120 or 150 gr as it came out a bit on the greasy side. A keeper!

maj5678's picture
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Lovely moist cake and easy to make. Used walnuts as that was what was in the cupboard and they worked well with the flavours. Only put 185g of flour after reading others comments. Will def make again!

BBD-Lite's picture

A delicious easy light cake for an afternoon snack. I followed the recipe exactly except for substituting a handful of walnuts for hazelnuts. Mine was done in 45 minutes at 355F so watch out for that! I'm glad I checked! My chocolate spread stayed in the middle perhaps because I melted it until it was runny, or maybe because of the shorter cooking time.

gfrostick's picture

Wow im no baker but , easy , read the reviews first , only 1 spoon of cinnamon and 2 spoons of cocoa , oh and 100 of hazlenuts :-)

ginnymalan's picture

Made this cake yesterday and it worked really well. I did small blobs of Nutella as well, but also drizzled about 1-2 tablespoons of honey as I was a bit concerned about the comments that it was a bit dry. The honey addition worked really well and it wasn't dry at all. Yum yum!

nintey's picture

Made this cake at the weekend and it was amazing! I did small blobs of Nutella but it still sank a little, although this did not have an impact on the overall taste of the cake, it was still delicious and so moist. Definitely recommend and so easy just throw it all in and mix!

lydiamaria50's picture
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Wonderfully easy cake! As others suggested I melted the Nutella and it didn't sink!
Also I added about 50g more of the chopped hazelnuts.
Really tasty, will def. be making it again!

sandypandy77's picture

Made this for the second time last weekend (or I should say my 10 year old did)! Came out better second time round as we took on board the tip where you heat the nutella slightly and drizzle it over rather than blob it. Seems to stop it from sinking as much. And of course, you can't possibly just stick to 4 tablespoons - where chocolate is concerned we always add a little extra (doesn't everyone??!!) Anyway, it went down really well at a family party and there was none left.

clairewadham's picture

As a chuck-it-all-in-and-mix-cake, it's really easy to make and tastes great. The only way to stop the nutella sinking to the bottom is to put it as high up in the cake as possible, I worked this out after not reading the instructions properly the first time I made it! I agree it can also be a bit dry, so a bit less flour needed, but I think the reason for all the flour is to make the mixture sturdy enough to hold the nutella, so it may sink more if you reduce it too much. I also added more nutella than the recipe states, it's definitely the best bit, and I also reduced the cinnamon by half as I like the flavour but not that strong, and added a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to make the cake a little more chocolatey. But a very inspired recipe, really interesting flavour combinations.

Livvy Evans's picture

This was easy to cook and tasted amazing. One of my favorite cakes! I found it a tiny bit dry but next time will use slightly less flour. Thanks! :)

joeh4221's picture

I am probably the worlds worst baker, so anything described as being easy I give it a go. Problem was that I failed to read their instructions carefully and actually mixed the Nuterlla into the cake mix. I then add two blobs where the receive stated. The result was a rather yummy moist chocolate cake with a smaller swirl in the middle. Needless to say there is very little left.

wendymum's picture

This cake tasted lovely but I found it very dry. Next time I will try it with less flour to even up the ratio and see if that helps.
Unlike others here, mine took over an hour to cook and still looked slightly underdone in places. I think I need to keep practising it though as the flavour was ace.
Small blobs of Nutella worked well, there was no sinkage.

superpinkyb's picture
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Very easy delicious cake, and mashed banana tastes great in this cake!

stellacsg's picture
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I loved how easy it was to make this cake, like others, I used smaller blobs of nutella which still sank to the bottom but the cake was great - a perfect afternoon tea cake.

faithful7's picture
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Excellent cake, I melted the Nutella and swirled instead so no sinking to the bottom as suggested by a fellow comment. Big hit didn't last long!!!!!!!!

lynetteab's picture
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Yummilicious!!!!! My cake was done in 50 minutes. I left out the nuts, but smothered the cake in nutella afterwards and then sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts. Also tried the cake with nutella swirled through the batter rather than the blobs in the original recipe. Both ways worked lovely. If doing the blobs, they all sink to the bottom, forming a chocolate crust which was very popular.

elektricia's picture

Question: As I like to impress without making an effort, how to avoid the nutella sinking.

any foolproof suggestions?

Thanks in advance

eileenlawson's picture
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89 year old mother in law asked for recipe. She was extremely impressed as were all of the family. Will definitely make this again. Only cooked it for 45 minutes rather than time suggested.

Ladyratatouille's picture
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Delicious and dead simple. I decided to put the nutella in the microwave then poured the nutella onto the cake mix and swirled it around with a skewer. Perfect result.

rgthompson's picture
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amazing cake, so tasty and so easy - i put 5 smaller blobs of nutella in but i think next time i'd make it even more. they are the best bit by far!

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