My friend Anna loves Nutella. And by love I mean a crazy, can’t keep it in the house or she’ll finish the jar in one go, kind of love. As soon as I decided to make her a birthday cake, it was obvious what I would do. I decided that it couldn’t just be a generic chocolate cake – real nutella needed to be involved.
The idea behind it was that she needed to be able to open the jar and eat nutella out of it. So the lid was a chocolate rice krispie cake covered in white fondant icing. As it was solid, she could take it off the cake (ie open the jar) and then the first centimetre of cake was filled with Nutella which the birthday girl ate with a chocolate spoon that I had made.
Here’s an overview of what I did:
I stacked four chocolate cakes …
… and then carved it into the shape of the nutella jar. (Sorry, I didn’t take a photo of the carved cake but you can get the idea from the finished product!
For the lid, I made a chocolate rice krispie cake which I later covered in fondant icing.
Then came the tricky bit … the label. I printed out the label and used tracing paper to break the label down into individual elements – the letters, the leaves, the piece of toast and the knife (with real nutella), the flower, the hazelnuts, etc. By breaking the label down, it makes the label much more simple as you can see below. The whole thing was made with fondant icing and an edible black pen.
Once I carved the cake, covered it in chocolate buttercream and attached the label, I cut a centimetre out of the top of the cake and filled it with nutella.
As a novelty addition, I made chocolate spoons. The idea was that the birthday girl could use one to eat the nutella from the cake. In practice, this probably wasn’t the smartest idea I’ve had as the party was pretty warm and heat + a chocolate spoon = a total mess.
If you like the look of these chocolate spoons, you can buy the silicone mould from Lakeland. It’s really easy to use and the result was great (in cooler climates…)!