Cinnamon Nutella cake

Cinnamon Nutella cake

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


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal320
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs



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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 4 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 4 rounded tbsp Nutella or own-brand chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…


  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.

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Comments (190)

ponsrhy's picture

GREAT CAKE! I make a variation on this that is a little different and a little cheaper (since you don't have to but a whole jar of nutella) if anyone would like to try it ive posted it on my profile. Otherwise GREAT CAKE!

towsec's picture

I folded in 2 mashed bananas to the main mixture. Yum!

jenniebibs's picture

Delicious and very easy. I melted some more nutella and drizzled it over the top.

kiki_1980's picture

I make this cake all the time and it's delicious and easy to make. I must admit, I add a "little" more nutella than the recipe suggests!!

nkhorshi's picture

I made this cake for my friends birthday and it went down a storm. the tips about the smaller blobs of nutella were true. Easy cake to make and makes your home smell like heaven...

mrbeach's picture

Me and my girlfriend made this for something to do on a Saturday afternoon and though she wasn't fond of the hazlenuts on top she still enjoyed it. We had to substitute the cinnamon for some mixed spice, as half way through baking we found out we didn't have any, but it still came out delicious. Will have to make it again using cinnamon to see if that makes much difference to the end product. Top notch recipe.

cromer1's picture

I made 2 of these cakes for work and 1 for home. Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Didn't have any trouble with Nutella sinking to the bottom as i did give it a really good swirl, and when finished I spread 1 tablespoon of Nutella on top which made it look extra special and could be used for a dinner party dessert. Everyone loved this cake. Will definately make again.

mariemcg's picture

Such an easy cake to make and goes down well every time I make it. Would recommend covering the cake with foil after about 40 mins in the oven to keep it nice and moist and stop the hazelnuts on top turning too brown.

meljm's picture

This is one of my favourite cake recipes as it can prepared and in the oven so quickly. It tastes so yummy people always want a second slice

evemcloughlin's picture

Would recommend extra cinnamon. Thought that cake was just ok. It didn't keep very well so I would only ever make it again if it was to be eaten the day it was made.

lornstar7's picture

Lovely cake! Made it as a surprise for my boyfriends birthday and as we were going away for the weekend had to make it a few days in advance. it was delicious! Nutella did sink despite small blobs and swirling lots, but I didnt think this mattered, and mine was cooked in 40 mins, so keep an eye on it!! Yummy

samshosh's picture

very easy cake to make and very more-ish

abanner's picture

Made this to sell slices at work to raise money for Comic Relief - it was very popular, but I did manage to salvage one slice to bring home for my OH, who thought it was great.

carlsberg22's picture

Yum, yum, yum. I'm not a huge cinnamon fan but this was lovely and just gave the cake a lovely warmth. I melted the nutella slightly before adding and it only needed 50 mins in my oven so be sure to check yours!

liannepotter's picture

i must make this once a week at least! I ADORE this cake- it seems to last for ever as well! dont change a thing

lowkesa's picture

I've baked this a couple of times and always turns out perfect. I tried it with 15g less of self raising, so the butter, flour and sugar were in equal quantities and it came out slightly more moist and dense. I'll make it like that from now on. Excellent!

fhmell's picture

Gorgeous! Really easy, I made 2 this Christmas and it was lovely with a nice cup of coffee. I added some almond essence to give a nice rich flavour and topped with double cream. Just what the doc ordered!

runnyeyes's picture

Brilliant. Will swirl more to see if nutella won't sink..but fantastic anyway

azlinms's picture

Made this over the weekend and everyone loved it with the exception of my brother but that's OK, he hates nuts!! Very easy to make and yummy too. Only complaint may be that it was a little dry, might try add another egg next time - I used medium sized but this recipe may have called for large sized eggs.

debbiemacpherson's picture

After reading all the other comments, I feel as though I made a totally different cake to everyone else.
I followed the recepe to the letter, although I found that it was cooked within 45 minutes and it fell apart when it came out of the tin. I found this cake vey dry and pretty tasteless.


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