Salted Nutella Buttercream on Like Mam Used to Bake

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A few weeks ago I was asked to make a birthday cake for Mr. LMUTB’s nephew’s 18th birthday. The brief was chocolate. Oh, and he doesn’t like fresh cream. I wanted to make the celebration cake from my book {Like Mam Used to Bake} but thought I had better adjust the icing recipe given the fresh cream aversion. Gigantic jars of Nutella were on special in my local supermarket for Pancake Tuesday so I thought I’d use that for the icing and save the rest for pancakes. I would like to state for the record that I did not eat any of the excess Nutella straight from the jar with a spoon. Not one little bit.

Anyhoo, in place of white chocolate and cream in the original recipe I used plain chocolate and Nutella. I also added some salt to cut through the sweetness. Depending on your personal taste you can add 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. This recipe will yield enough icing to fill the centre and cover an 8″ sandwich cake. I baked two 8″ rounds of this brownie recipe for the cake. Enjoy!

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Salted Nutella Buttercream

100g plain chocolate, broken up

100g Nutella

1/8tsp sea salt (or 1/4 if you prefer)

125g unsalted butter, softened and cubed

250g icing sugar

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, do not allow the base of the bowl to come into contact with the water. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the Nutella and salt, stirring to combine. Set aside to cool a little.

Beat the butter and icing sugar using an electric hand whisk/standalone mixer until light and fluffy, two or three minutes should do it. Add the chocolate mixture and continue to beat for five to seven minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure you mix the buttercream evenly. Decorate the cake as you wish.

Like Mam Used to Bake is currently on special offer in Dubray Books, it can be purchased for €9.99 for the month of March.

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One comment

  1. LoNiCho says:

    Ran here straight from twitter.
    Think my bestie would love this for her birthday, she’s total choc-o-holic.
    Might need to make a practice or 2 cake in advance ya know just so I make sure it’s right.

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