Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

This is part one of a four-part H&D transformation of the simple butter cake. A cake that has been around for decades and is the perfect ‘canvas’ for some experimental and edible art. I’m taking this humble little treat and showing you five really simple ways to make it very decadent.

Part One: Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

This cake is a H&D original, with its combination of subtle and creamy cappuccino frosting combined with a rich chocolate ganache centre, that has just a bit of crunch in it from the hazelnut pieces. The light and fluffy cake is perfectly subtle so that these great flavours really dance on your taste buds.


This recipe serves 6 to 8.

  • Butter cake mix that comes with icing as well. You can get these from any grocery store (each packet specifies its own additional ingredients & quantities similar to this)

  • Instant cappuccino sachet & chocolate shaker

  • 375g Slab of hazelnut chocolate
  • 50ml milk (full cream is best but any milk is ok).


  1. Make the butter cake as outlined on the packet. The Simple Buttercake
  2. When cooled, cut the cake in half horizontally.Butter Cake Halved
  3. To make the ganache, simply break up the chocolate bar roughly into smaller pieces, combine chocolate and milk in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove bowl from heat to cool down.
  4. Spread the ganache evenly on the cake centre and replace the top half. (Don’t worry if it drips over the sides as this only makes it more mouth-watering!)Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
  5. To make the icing, follow the instructions on the packet, however add the instant cappuccino mix and stir well to combine Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
  6. Spread the cappuccino roughly over the top of the cake and sprinkle the chocolate powder over the top Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache

I have a few taste-testers on hand at H&D and as soon as I completed this creation it was practically inhaled. All that was left was this heart smeared in ganache!

The cake is a hit with our taste-tester

Take a look through the recipes category for other butter cake transformation ideas and more quick, easy and decadent sweet treats.

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