Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Happy Day

First off, I must post a personal message here to my mom...Happy Birthday Mama Jo! Hope you have a fun day filled with love and Nutella.

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


Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Sounds like a fantastic compleanno cake. I LOVE pound cake...so indulgent! Good idea and Happy Nutella Day!

Anonymous said...


Molto Grazie mi figlia...
it does indeed sound yummy!
Maybe Cara will take the hint...
Tonight will be mangia Italiano at Johnny's in Cleveland. Will be thinking of you and
Love You

Valerie said...

Shelley, happy Nutella Day to you! Hope you can relax after all your hard work to enjoy the fruits of your chocolatey labors. I'm a pound cake kind of gal, too; especially homemade with all that yummy butter.

Mama Jo, Enjoy! Johnny's is yummy. Maybe Cara will at least spring for a cannoli from Presti's!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I loooove pound cake and Nutella, so I will have to try this.

Did you see the Nutella day round-up on Shelley and Sara's sites....mouth watering.

Anonymous said...

Happy Nutella day a tutti,

Valerie, Buon Compleanno alla tua mamma.

Wonderful recipe, I'll definitely use it and tanti auguri a te e Brian for following your heart.

Isn't Shelley great? What a great way to bring everyone around the globe together.

Can't wait to see what's next!

Carole (KC,Mo.)

Anonymous said...

Nutella, Pound cake, and Pinenuts? I think I have died and gone to heaven! :)