Nothing Can Brighten A Dreary Day Like A Slice of Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Don’t you have that one dish you love that just makes all the B.S of life worth it? Maybe it’s your Grandma’s mac and cheese or an over-iced vending machine cinnamon roll, whatever it is, when you take a bite a smile instantly finds itself plastered on your face. For me nothing can brighten a dreary day like a slice of my Chocolate Hazelnut Cake!!

I came up with this “recipe” during my sophomore year in college. I was doing a microwave cooking program for my dorm and needed a way to spice up the rather boring and dry cake I made. Trust me when I say this cake was a hit on my floor. Its the perfect combination of every college girl’s favorite things. Chocolate and Cake. Also I mean who really needs an excuse to use a whole jar of Nutella.

Now  this cake is obviously very semi homemade. Just like Sandra Lee, I don’t have time or patience for baking from scratch. One day I will be that borderline pretentious domesticated woman. Until then me and Duncan Hines are besties.

Honestly I think box cake mix gets a bad rep for no reason. Its almost fool proof. It always taste good if you follow the directions, you can’t say the thing for cakes from scratch.  Plus it makes this super yummy cake and puts a smile on my face. What more could a girl ask for?

So I want to know what is your “go-to pick me up, makes me want to scream with joy” dish?

If you would like the recipe for my pick me up, check it out below. I hope this cake can bring a little sunshine into your life.


Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Choc Haz cake



1 Box of Duncan Hines Devils Food

1 Box of chocolate pudding/ pie filling mix

1 Cup of water

1/3 Cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs


1 14 oz jar of Nutella

1/2 jar of Milk Chocolate frosting

1 8oz bag of chopped hazelnuts


2 Round 8in pans



Preheat oven to 350°F

Blend cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water and eggs until smooth and lump free

Lightly spray pans with non-stick spray

Divide batter evenly between two pans

Bake for 26-30 min


Once cakes cool place 1/2 of the Nutella in between the two cakes

Frost sides of the cake with chocolate frosting (just enough to cover, not to thick)

Top the cake with remaining Nutella

Nut topping:

In a dry skillet lightly toast chopped hazelnuts just until you can smell them.

Let them cool then coat the sides and top rim with hazelnuts


To make this cake in the microwave and a 1/4 cup extra of oil and cook for 5 mins (time varies depending on the microwave)


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