Recipes and Cooking Chocolate-Hazelnut Bacon Layer Cake Be the first to rate & review! Reimagine a classic pair -- chocolate and hazelnut -- by adding bacon to this decadent layer cake. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on March 19, 2021 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Karla Conrad Prep Time: 45 mins Bake Time: 30 mins Cool Time: 1 hrs Total Time: 45 mins Servings: 16 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients Unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ¾ cup water ¾ cup buttermilk or sour milk* ⅓ cup vegetable oil 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, warmed ⅓ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts 1 recipe Ganache Ganache ½ cup heavy cream 6 ounce semisweet chocolate pieces Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa powder; set aside. In a large bowl stir together the next six ingredients (through salt). Whisk together eggs, water, buttermilk, and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once; whisk until smooth. Stir in half of the bacon. Pour batter into pans (batter will be thin). Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; cool on wire racks. For filling, in a bowl combine chocolate-hazelnut spread, the remaining bacon, and the hazelnuts. Place one cake layer on a platter. Spread with filling. Add remaining cake layer. Spread top with Ganache, allowing it to drip down sides of cake. If desired, top with additional crumbled, cooked bacon and chopped toasted hazelnuts. Ganache In a small saucepan heat heavy cream just until simmering. Pour over chocolate pieces (do not stir). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes or until desired consistency. *Tip To make 3/4 cup sour milk, place 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup; stir. Let stand 5 minutes before using. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 301 Calories 18g Fat 34g Carbs 6g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 16 Calories 301 % Daily Value * Total Fat 18g 23% Saturated Fat 6g 30% Cholesterol 39mg 13% Sodium 262mg 11% Total Carbohydrate 34g 12% Total Sugars 24g Protein 6g Vitamin C 0.4mg 2% Calcium 58mg 4% Iron 2mg 11% Potassium 191mg 4% Folate, total 22.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.