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Pandoro tree with nutella and whopped cream on a plate

Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake with Nutella and Whipped Cream

This pandoro cake requires NO BAKING, yet it is still a showstopper for any holiday event. Layered with nutella and whipped cream, it's sure to please all your guests, even the picky ones!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings 15 people
Calories 557.44 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pandoro (700g)
  • 1 3/4 cups nutella
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cut the pandoro into 7-8 horizontal layers, starting from the bottom and ending at the top. A pandoro will have a dark layer at the bottom, almost like a thin crust. I cut this "crust" off.

  2. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until stiff peaks form.

  3. Add the nutella to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for approximately 30 seconds, or until soft and easily spreadable.

  4. Start with the first (bottom) layer of the pandoro. Add nutella to it. Then top with whipped cream.

  5. Top the whipped cream with the next layer of pandoro and rotate the layer slightly, so the points don't match. This will give it its Christmas tree shape. Top with nutella and whipped cream again. Repeat for all layers.

  6. Top the top layer with whipped cream, and top with fresh flowers.

Recipe Notes

  • To help cut the pandoro into even layers, I first lined toothpicks up the pandoro and used them as a guide for each layer
  • Use a serrated knife to cut the pandoro
  • Pandoro comes with a thin black "crust" at the bottom. I cut this off, as it is slightly bitter. 
  • You can cut this pandoro into 8 layers as I did, but have also seen it cut into 5 layers. If you cut it into less layers, you will just have to adjust the amount of nutella and whipped cream used.
  • Storing the pandoro tree - I usually make my pandoro the day I plan on serving it, and store it in the fridge. If it doesn't fit in your fridge, you can store it in a cool place like the garage. 
  • 30 minutes before serving, I like to take the pandoro tree out of the fridge so it comes to room temperature - I then cut it and serve it. 
  • Storing leftovers - I store them in the fridge and once again take them out about 30 minutes before I'm ready to eat them. 
Nutrition Facts
Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake with Nutella and Whipped Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 557.44 Calories from Fat 345
% Daily Value*
Fat 38.28g59%
Saturated Fat 20.91g131%
Cholesterol 65.21mg22%
Sodium 32.5mg1%
Potassium 178.15mg5%
Carbohydrates 48.07g16%
Fiber 1.89g8%
Sugar 21.42g24%
Protein 6.6g13%
Vitamin A 699.72IU14%
Vitamin C 0.29mg0%
Calcium 68.74mg7%
Iron 1.55mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.