This recipe for Nutella Cake topped with a rich chocolate glaze is incredibly delicious. Simple and easy to put together, with one of our family’s favorite spreads.

The combination of chocolate and Nutella in this cake is truly out of this world. Not only does it make the cake incredibly indulgent, but it also adds richness and complexity to the flavor profile. The chocolate glaze drizzled on top amplifies the decadence with its deep, cocoa-y taste.

photo of a slice of Double Chocolate Nutella Cake on a white plate with rainbow sprinkles and a fork

My daughter Jordan first created this Nutella Cake for her 9th birthday. It has since been requested to be made for parties, family get-togethers, picnics, and, most recently, for my 40th birthday. Yes, you read that right – I turned the big 4 0.

While most people are a little freaked out about the big 4 0, I wasn’t – but I’ll admit I was a little sad. You see, I loved my 30s. I had so many firsts, raised 5 babies and finally had the confidence I was a good mom. If I had to choose between my 20s and 30s, hands down, I would choose my 30s.

Weeks before my 40th birthday, Princess Cruises reached out with a fantastic experience to spend a week in the Western Carribean being pampered, fed, and taken to paradise and back. When I found out the dates included my 40th birthday, I felt like it was fate. I couldn’t pass it up, so I jumped on it and booked my oldest daughter Jojo and me on a dream vacation.

photo of a lifesaver with "caribbean princess hamilton" painted on it, hanging from railing on cruise ship

I’ve cruised before with Princess, and I wanted her to have a chance to live the dream and experience the ultimate pampering one can find on th,e seas. I couldn’t wait to create memories for us both at this new stage of life for me and her as a new teen. I didn’t want to focus on how my kids were growing up quickly before my eyes; I wanted to live in the moment and have some one-on-one time – which as a mom of 5, I rarely get.

I’m all about making occasions memorable for others, but when it comes to myself, I would rather someone else do that – ask my husband. So cruising with Princess on my birthday couldn’t have been a better match. Warm sun, poolside drinks, food service with my Ocean Medallion, spa treatments, and the best-ever birthday cake… I mean, who would deny that for oneself?

photo of a spa bed on cruise ship deck

I started the day with breakfast in bed, literally. We had the ultimate feast delivered, and of course, the homemade pastries were our favorite. Next, we headed to the spa, booking ourselves a facial, pedicure, and massage – remember I am 40, so I need all the lovely treatments I can get. We returned to grab our swimsuits to find balloons and birthday banners waiting for us. Jordan was beyond excited. She was confused and thought they were celebrating her – she only wished.

photo of a tray of pastries and parfait, with orange juice cups on table

That night we celebrated dinner with my close friends, Erin & Lynne, eating at Planks Barbeque. I had banana cream pudding for dessert, and it was terrific. That night we relaxed with a movie under the stars. It was indeed the experience I wanted for my big 4 0.

Now you might think it all stopped there. Nope. The next night we had plans to do dinner with our whole group. It was a fantastic steak dinner, pleasing Jojo as this was hands down her favorite meal. She had a big ol’ 16-ounce steak and four different salts to choose from – heaven to her.

After we had already ordered a dessert, a larger-than-life birthday cake was escorted to our table, and it had way too many candles. I knew it was for me. Everyone sang, and I blew out the candles, and that was it. This cake was an absolute dream, made with delicate layers of chocolate cake, mouse, and the most amazing whipped chocolate icing. I couldn’t imagine a more decadent cake. Trying to recreate this cake will be hard.

photo of friends at Planks BBQ restaurant table

Princess Cruises makes anything unique with chocolate and Nutella, hence the inspiration for resharing this Nutella Cake. Princess homemade chocolates are to die for, their Nutella donuts are drool-worthy, and their chocolate-covered strawberries I wish I could order from home.

Jojo and I had to wait till the last morning to have our favorite Nutella Donuts at the International Cafe, and let me tell you; they were worth the wait. Jojo, like me, is a Nutella lover. I frequently catch her with a spoon eating out of the container right after dance practice. It’s her favorite snack. And if I didn’t stop her, she would eat the whole container – the large one… we don’t do little here.

When Jojo created this cake recipe four years ago, I was smart enough to take a picture of her recipe, and I am so happy I did. I never want to forget this precious memory like the many we created in the Western Caribbean.

My 40th birthday was one I will always cherish. I sailed on the open sea with one of my favorite brands to work with; I ate the best-ever chocolate cake, felt pampered and loved, and spent it with two of my dearest friends and daughter. I was extremely grateful to have another celebration with my hubby, kids, and family when I got home – to me, there is nothing better than to see all the blessings in your life on your birthday, and this year, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

One of my favorite things as a mom is to watch my children develop and grow into unique humans. Sometimes our lives get a little hectic, and I lose my sanity, but the memories, birthdays, and love make it all worth it.

Not a day goes by when I am not grateful for my life, my children, and the man I married.
And today, I get to share not only this fantastic recipe by my daughter Jojo but also our trip together on Princess Cruises, celebrating my 40th birthday and creating memories neither one of us will forget.

photo of jordan with ship captain's hat on

Ingredients to make Nutella Cake

From the chocolate cake, Nutella buttercream, and chocolate glaze here is everything you need.

  • Buttermilk or milk + lemon juice
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Butter
  • Nutella
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Milk
  • Whipping Cream
  • Semi-Sweet chocolate chips

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Nutella Cake

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 578 kcal
Delicious Nutella Cake topped with a rich chocolate glaze. Simple and easy to put together, with one of our family's favorite spreads.


  • Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice stir together and let it sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Nutella Buttercream
  • 3/4 cup of butter softened
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Nutella spread
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  • Pre-heat oven to 350º F.
  • Grease two 9-inch round cake pans or 1 – 9×13, with cooking spray and lightly dust with some flour, then set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, add buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda and salt; stir together until it is well combined. Add in flour and cocoa powder and whisk until smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pan(s).
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, depending on size of pans you use; until you can lightly touch the center and it springs back. Cool pans on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then remove cake and allow to completely cool on the wire rack. Once the cakes are cooled prepare buttercream.
  • Buttercream
  • In a large bowl, I use my Kitchen Aid mixer cream together butter and Nutella. Slowly mix in the powder sugar, one cup at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk and continue mixing until light and fluffy. You may need to add more sugar or milk until you find the right consistency, this varies every time I do the recipe. If you are not going to use the frosting right away keep covered until you are ready to do so.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate, I like to use a cake stand. Evenly, an additional 2 tablespoons of Nutella on top of the first layer of cake, then top with about ½ cup of buttercream, spread the evenly on top of the bottom layer, then add the second cake on top. Frost with the remaining buttercream, spread on the sides and top, make sure the top is even and the sides are completely covered, once you have frosted the cake, set in the fridge, while you prepare the chocolate glaze.
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • In a small sauce pan add the whipping cream and bring to a boil, remove from heat and add in chocolate chips. Do not mix or stir them in, let the chocolate sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then pour over cake, allowing it to slowly drip down the sides. Set the cake in the fridge and let it chill for 30 minutes, until cake is set.
  • You are now ready to serve. Enjoy!
Calories: 578kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 4gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 178mgFiber: 3gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 190IUCalcium: 29mgIron: 2.5mg
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  1. What a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday! Whenever I see ‘Double’ in the title of a dessert that includes chocolate, I know it’s going to be amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    My daughter’s birthday is soon and I am making this Nutella Cake! This will be an awesome surprise for her! She loves Nutella so much!

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea for a birthday celebration! You had my attention at double chocolate and Nutella. My daughter is SO excited for her birthday and for the two of us to bake this.

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