Thursday, October 23

Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Cake


The following post contains sponsored content. Without the support of brands like Chef’n, I would not be able to take the time to create new recipes to share with you all!

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I’ve often said on my blog, how I love to bake and create new treats in my kitchen, however I am NOT a professional cake decorator by any means. Though I may not have the talent many of my friends do when handed a pastry bag filled with buttercream, it does not stop me from trying my hardest anyways! In the end, does it matter if it’s perfect? No, as long as it tastes great, and was made with love.

Baking is something I truly enjoy doing, and I use it as a way to show my love and appreciation to my friends and family. That is why I invite my kids in to help me as often as possible. So I can teach them how to express themselves through a creative outlet like baking.

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When Chef’n sent me their new Cakewalk, I knew right away that it would be a fun item to use when the kids are in my kitchen working with me.

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The Cakewalk, includes 15 different sized and shaped tips, a coupler, two pastry bags, an organizing tray and a rotating cake stand. With it, you can create beautiful cakes and cupcakes on your own! The tips come neatly organized inside of a fun rotating cake stand that is both handy to use while decorating, but it also cuts down on the clutter in my baking drawer where I have dozens of old tips floating around. This way, all of my tips are in one compact spot that I can easily store away until I make my next Chef’n Cakewalk Creation. If you already own a lot of tips and don’t want to part with them, you are in luck because the coupler will fit those as well as the tips that come with the Cakewalk. The tips and tray are both dishwasher safe, the roatinging stand can easily be washed by hand, so cleaning up after a day filled with sticky frosting is no hassle.

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The rotating stand, makes decorating so much quicker and smoother, the kids also had a blast turning it while I piped and crumb coated the cake.

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Recently, one rainy afternoon I had two kids home who were too sick for school, yet not quite sick enough where they could not have a little fun at home. So we baked a cake, and of course used our Chef’n Cakewalk to help us decorate. My oldest son (pictured below with my daughter) thinks he is a professional cake decorator. In fact the thinks he is the master of all things these days. When I gave them a little tutorial on how to use the Cakewalk, and then let my daughter have at it, he looks up at me like, “Ma, seriously? This is SO easy!”

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And you know what? It is! The Cakewalk makes cake decorating that much simpler for both professional bakers and beginners.

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As always, I was blown away by my kid’s talent. Together we made the cakes from scratch. I crumb coated it, and then they piped the frosting. THEN I hand my son my big clunky DSLR, because he thought he could take better photos than me. So, I put the camera on auto (he’s only 7 after all…) and I let him have at it. He took the above photo of the frosting…. and then he took all of these! Seriously, my kid can decorate cakes and is a professional photog.

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I love my Chef’n Cakewalk so much that I am also giving one away on behalf of Chef’n here today! PLUS my recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Spice Cake. Be sure to snag that recipe AND enter in the giveaway!

Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider

For the frosting:
  • 1 cup of Nutella (or any other chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2-4 cups confectioners sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and sugar. 
  3. Fold in  pumpkin puree, eggs,vanilla, oil and apple cider. 
  4. Divide cake batter into 2, greased and floured 8 inch cake pans. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 
  5. Allow cakes to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile prepare frosting. In the bowl of your electric mixer using the whip attachment. Whip Nutella and butter together until combined.
  7. On medium/ low speed add in vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream.
  8. Slowly add in 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar at a time, continuously whipping the mixture. Stop whipping and adding sugar when you have a light fluffy frosting.  
  9. Using your Cakewalk, decorate cakes as desired. 
  
For more info on the Chef'n Cakewalk or to purchase your own from Sur La Table, click here. 

To enter in the Chef'n Cakewalk giveaway, follow the directions on the widget below!


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(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation from Chef’n to write this post, however as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.)

43 comments:

  1. I would love to try the Cakewalk myself and with my two boys! We love baking!!

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    1. Baking is SO much more fun with little ones!

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  2. I would make cakes and cupcakes with the Chef'N cakewalk!!

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  3. I would LOVE to win this!! Your two little ones are adorable.

    xo sherrie

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  4. My teen daughter loves to decorate cupcakes - she's teaching me! And I could use my own supplies for when she leaves me and takes hers with her!

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  5. Christmas cookies, cream puffs, eclairs, Cannoli, deviled eggs and cup cakes!

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  6. I love to bake too...especially cupcakes! Would love to win a cakewalk!

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  7. I would make the Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Cake! I love anything pumpkin so this is my favorite time of the year, and I love Nutella...love to grab a spoon & scoop it out of the jar! This cake sounds amazing!

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  8. We have a few birthdays coming up so I would make birthday cake.

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  9. This cake look amazing! I'm not really a big decorator, so I could definitely use some help in that department! This would be perfect for all the upcoming Holiday treats I plan on making!

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  10. I would totally love to have this!! My family owned a bakery when I was little and I would watch my grandma make these amazing cakes..so effortlessly. I inherited some of her decorating utensils and I am learning a few things of my own. This would definitely help!!

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  11. I would make this cake with a cream cheese lo sugar frosting. It sounds delicous!

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  12. Seriously, the most beautiful cake EVER! I love that your kids helped, I mean look at your daughter with pastry bag, totally inspiring. Great pics Carrie, I can feel the love that went into this gorgeous creation.

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  13. I would decorate some pumpkin cupcakes for my birthday, and then EAT THEM ALL! Dee Fedor

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  14. I love trying to make new cakes and I have struggled to be a good decorator. I am hoping the cake rotating stand will improve my abilities :)

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  15. Would make a special cake for my neighbors 88th birthday next month

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  16. This would be so great since my son loves helping me bake....

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  17. I love to bake and it's now my 4 yr old daughters favorite mommy and me time!!

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  18. I would make my favorite chocolate cake recipe. The cakewalk is perfect for the clean freak that I am!

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  19. I need to make a birthday cake for Nov 5th This would be perfect

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  20. I feel like your kids did a better decorating job than I could ever do! Maybe I do need to try the Chef'n Cakewalk... especially because I need to make Dan's birthday cake next month!

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  21. I would love this! I am working on building my home cake/cupcake business and the one thing I desperately need is a rotating stand! This cake looks amazing, love getting the kids involved -I am going to try to make this veganized :)

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  22. I'm just stunned at the talent of your kids. They obviously get their creativity from you, Carrie! LOVE the cake and if I won, I think I'd use the Chef'n to decorate a cheesecake for the holidays.

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  23. I would make this cake!!! I love it! Your little helpers are amazing in the kitchen and behind the camera!

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  24. This cake looks so yummy, can't wait to make it!!!! Yay for kids in the kitchen😀

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  25. You are so talented, and I could never pull off such a beautiful cake, but I'd have fun trying!

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  26. I'd bake lots of cakes with my sons and use it for piping whipped cream onto holiday pies!

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  27. I could make some very pretty birthday cakes with cakewalk. I like it!

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  28. I would use it to make all the cakes in my Grandma's recipe box.

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  29. I'd make this cake! I love chocolate & pumpkin together!

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  30. This cake looks fabulous! Your kids did an awesome job (better than I'd do decorating)!

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  31. Not a cake decorator my butt! This looks and sounds fabulous :)

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    1. Haha, But that's my kid's cake! They get the credit, I just gave them tips on how to do it.

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  32. I missed this because I was traveling but I just have to say that this looks AMAZING!!!! I so want this. I haven't had nutella in a long time (no self control...) but I think I need to get a new jar since this looks upser yummy.

    The kids are soo cute in the pics too!

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  33. Pumpkin and apple cider and Nutella!? Oh my ;-)

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