Nutella Chocolate Torte Recipe

This Nutella Chocolate Torte recipe is a chocolate layer cake filled with a Nutella mousse that is sure to impress!

Nutella Chocolate Torte Recipe

Last fall I made a Pumpkin Torte that was not only impressive to look at, it was delicious to eat! That dessert came to mind when I was trying to decide what to make for a Mother’s Day dessert. I want to make something that the moms would love and I know that most women chocolate so I combined the two and threw in some Nutella for good measure.  This Nutella Chocolate Torte recipe is easy to make and I could happily consume the Nutella mousse filling every day!

Chocolate Nutella Cake Batter

Start by making two 9 inch cakes. Mix together Nutella, eggs, milk and oil. Then add one Pillsbury German Chocolate cake mix. Stir for 30 seconds on low and then beat for 2 minutes on high. Pour into two greased 9 inch pans and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.

Chocolate Nutella Torte Filling

While the cakes are baking, make the Nutella mousse. Beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add Nutella, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fold in a large container of whipped topping. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Chocolate Cake

Allow the cakes to cool for a few minutes in the pan before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cut the cakes in half horizontally.

Four Layer Cake

Place one of the cake rounds on a platter. I used an upside down ceramic baking dish to make transporting the dessert a little easier. Spread 1/4 of the Nutella mousse onto each of the layers.

Drizzle Chocolate Layer Cake

Melt Pillsbury milk chocolate in the microwave and then drizzle the melted chocolate onto the cake, allowing it to run down the sides. I am not the world’s best drizzler so luckily there are chocolate curls to cover the top!

Chocolate Curls On Cake

To make the chocolate curls, I started with a 4.25 oz Symphony chocolate candy bar. I softened it for a few seconds in the microwave. Then, I turned the candy bar on it’s side and ran a vegetable peeler along the edge. Top with chocolate curls.


Everyone was impressed with the cake. It was surprisingly light rather than overwhelmingly rich. Next time I would like to try adding some coffee to the recipe!

*Update – sorry for the confusion! I wrote to add water in the instructions but didn’t add it to the ingredients list. When I looked back at my written recipe, I did NOT use water. It has been removed from the instructions.*

Nutella Chocolate Torte Recipe
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Pillsbury German Chocolate cake mix
Nutella Mousse:
  • 8 oz package cream cheese - softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup Nutella
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 16 oz container whipped topping (this is the large size)
  • ½ cup Pillsbury Milk Chocolate frosting
  • 4.25 oz chocolate candy bar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F,
  2. Mix together Nutella, eggs, milk and oil.
  3. Add cake mix. Stir for 30 seconds on low and then beat for 2 minutes on high.
  4. Pour into two greased 9 inch pans.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool for a few minutes in the pan before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Nutella Mousse:
  1. Beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add Nutella, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in a large container of whipped topping.
  4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  1. Cut the cakes in half horizontally.
  2. Place one of the cake rounds on a platter.
  3. Spread ¼ of the Nutella mousse onto each of the layers.
  4. Melt frosting in the microwave.
  5. Drizzle over the top of the cake, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides.
  6. Soften chocolate candy bar in the microwave for a few seconds.
  7. Run a vegetable peeler along the edge of the chocolate bar to make chocolate curls.
  8. Top the cake with the chocolate curls.
  9. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Inspired by Pumpkin Torte

Here are a couple more Nutella recipes:

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  1. Hi. This recipe looks awesome!!! I was wondering if you can give me a suggestion on what to substitute the cream cheese with? I really don’t like cheese in my desserts, so was looking for something that would complement this recipe that wasn’t cream cheese. Any ideas?? Thanks for posting!! Hope to try this soon.

    • Hi Yanira,
      I don’t know of a substitute, but you could try making a mousse using Nutella and heavy cream. It would not have the same stability that this cream cheese version has but it would taste great. Happy Baking!

  2. made this with my best friend…it was so amazing!! Had to put toothpicks inside it to keep it up- it gets a little heavy. but it was so yummy!!!!!!!!

  3. This is awesome!!

  4. utterly gorgeous!!

  5. Well.. guess what??? I won!! The dessert was a HUGE success and I won $100! Thank you for the recipe! I did add fanned strawberries to the top of the cake for a little color. I also added Nutella to the chocolate drizzle. I only used about 9 ounces of the whipped cream too! It was PERFECT!!!! YUM!!!

  6. My daughter, a HUGE Nutella fan was given a Jar from a friend at school for Christmas. I don’t buy it because of the calorie count. LOL!! I am making this AMAZING cake today for a Holiday Dessert Contest! I will let you know how it goes! I can’t wait to taste it!!!

  7. How come you chose to use a German chocolate cake mix? Why not regular chocolate, or devil’s chocolate, etc.?

    • Hi Em,
      Any one of them would work. I wanted a lighter flavor so I went with German this time.
      Here is what I found from Heloise online:
      A regular chocolate cake mix is flavored with milk chocolate.
      A devil’s-food cake is richer and darker, and has a strong cocoa flavor.
      German chocolate usually is a lighter-colored cake with a flavor of mild chocolate.
      Happy Baking!

  8. I am from australia, and not too sure what “whipped topping” is. can anyone translate? cheers :-)

    • Hi Amie,
      Whipped topping is store bought whipped cream like Cool Whip. I’m not sure if homemade whipped cream would hold up as well in the cake but if you try it out I would love to hear how it worked. Best of luck!

  9. christine says:

    Is there another cake mix you can use other than German chocolate cake?

    • Hi Christine,
      You can use any chocolate cake mix or if you are looking for a different flavor, try any flavor cake mix! Happy Baking!

  10. Have just seen this cake in Lyuba’s Food Fight – and had to check it out
    It’s gorgeous and seems super delicious!

  11. Hey girl, I hope you don’t mind if I use this in a Food Fight feature? (Photo only and a link back, of course!)

  12. lcollins says:

    Hi I see that you said you didn’t put water in the cake mix…I don’t have the exact dslr mix you call for but mine asks for water…did you just omit the water from the cake mix directions or dis your cake mix just not call for water? Thanks:)

  13. how much water?

    • Hi Dale,
      I looked back at my written recipe and I did not use water. I’m not sure why I had water listed in the instructions. I’ve updated my post. Thanks for the heads up.

  14. Goodness that looks good! My husband loves Nutella. I pinned it so I’ll have it when his birthday rolls around. =)

  15. Beautiful Tonia! Such a great cake to feed a crowd!

  16. This is completely beautiful, and I bet it tastes as good as it looks. It’s so pinned! I can’t wait to try it.

  17. I am drooling on the keyboard!

    This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  18. This looks amazing and your photos are beautiful! Pinned and shared to my Facebook page. Now off to eat something! ;)

  19. oh. my. goodness. This looks very amazing Tonia! I don’t know whether to thank you or not!

  20. Oh MY!! This one is amazing! I’m totally drooling over this right now, it looks so good! And I love your photos, they’re beautiful!

  21. OH MY GOD. Tonia, this is gorgeous!

  22. Oh wow, this looks seriously amazing! I can’t stop looking at the photos – yum!!

  23. Um, Tonia? I kinda want to shove my face into this cake and never come back for air. Like, it’s simply gorgeous and AMAZING.

  24. Hi Tonia,
    I’m just finding your blog and love your creativity. The Nutella Torte is amazing and I’ll be trying it out for my son who’s coming home from college next week.

    But … looking ahead to the fall, I lovelovelove pumpkin and saw you had a pumpkin torte! I was so excited! Would you be willing to share that recipe? I found the tutorial but there was no recipe on the page.

    Your tutorials are so easy to follow and I love that your ingredients are usually on hand … so I don’t have to go out looking for “two drops of tears from virgin Dutch milkmaids” or something : )


    p.s. I’m totally making the Delancey knock-off pillow. $145 ?!?! Heck no!

  25. Trish Butler says:

    This is my first time as a follower of your page and your first recipe is wonderful. I am a woman of 67 years and just learned about Nutella
    a few years ago and Biscuff this year. This is a beautiful cake and I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for your time and talent. Trish Butler

    • Hi Trish and welcome to The Gunny Sack! I am delighted that you are not only a follower but that you took the time to leave such a lovely comment! I’ve heard of Biscoff Spread but have never tried it. I need to try looking for it the next time I go grocery shopping!

  26. That is incredible looking!!! I seriously just want a spoon and a bowl of that mousse though :-)

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  28. There really isn’t any better invention than nutella-well perhaps this cake C:

  29. Lesleyanne says:

    Thank you for this, I am going to have to try this next week… Thank you :)

  30. This – looks – incredible!!

  31. Mmmmm, you’re a bad girl for showing me this :) Now, it’s all I want!!
    Sounds awesome!

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