Which brings me to the public service announcement:
Oh what joy! Nutella Day is here! Nutella for breakfast, Nutella for lunch, Nutella all day long! :)
In honor of this momentous event and my mom's birthday, I've made her a Nutella Birthday Cake (but withhold the information about how many candles would be crammed on top of the cake ;) Normally I'd actually bake a cake, being a gal who knows her way around the kitchen. But unfortunately my kitchen here is extremely small and rather ill-equipped for actual baking. But not to fear, the results are none the lesser.
A Nutella Birthday Cake
a jar of Nutella
a pound cake (I found a nice marble cake)
a pint of heavy cream
some nuts (hazelnuts are the obvious choice but to make it a little more special for Mom I used toasted pine nuts)
Whip the cream until it is nice and thick. Beat in about 1/3 cup Nutella, combining well.
Slice the pound cake crosswise into three layers. Starting with the bottom layer, spread with Nutella then with 1/4 of the Nutella whipped cream; add the middle layer in the same way and the top layer, spread only with the whipped cream, spreading the rest around the sides. Drizzle Nutella over top and sprinkle on the nuts.
Now let's all join together in a world-wide serenade of Happy Birthday for my mom while we lick the Nutella off our lips.
copyright 2007 Valerie Schneider