Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TWD: Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake


We had a special guest in the kitchen this week.

An ingredient never before seen in these-here parts.

All the way from France... please welcome Chestnut spread, ladies and gentlemen!


For this week's Tuesday's with Dorie recipe, I made the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake chosen by Katya of Second Dinner.

Let me tell you about this cake. First up was the chestnut spread-filled cake, soaked with a brandy-brown sugar syrup. Next was the caramel chocolate frosting/filling. Then the jarred, chopped chestnuts. Finally, the whole kit-n-kaboodle was to be topped by a chocolate glaze.

For various reasons that I won't bore you with, I only made the cake and the caramel chocolate frosting.

The chestnut cake was very good on it's own. However, I'm afraid the moist and tasty cake was upstaged by it's supporting cast, the chocolate caramel frosting. Here it is, fresh from the mixer.


After cooling in the refrigerator and a healthy whipping in the stand mixer, the silky smooth frosting turned airy and fluffy. And delish!



I'll definitely make the frosting again. I'll bet it would be sublime with white cake. Although the cake was very good, I don't imagine I'll be making it often due to the cost of the chestnut spread. I ordered it online from The Frenchy Bee. It arrived in two days, but at $12 (including shipping), it's a bit pricey for an everyday cake.

OK, over and out until next week, folks! Be sure to check out all of the TWD bakers to see their delectible delights. For the recipe, stop by Katya's blog, or better yet, check out the book "Baking, from My Home to Yours", by Dorie Greenpspan

18 comments:

Amanda said...

That's absolutely gorgeous! I don't know if I'm making this one this month. I left it to last and now the holidays... I made the cran apple crisp this week and it was great!

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

Stephanie said...

I think I may follow your lead on this one and just make the cake and caramel frosting. Your cake looks great!

vibi said...

Oh! La! la! ...how beautiful! Super well done, Jacque!

Grace said...

i’m woefully unfamiliar with this idea of a chestnut-flavored cake, and i’ve certainly never come across the spread. even though i have no idea how this would taste, i know it’s quite lovely and chances are good that i’d love it! after all, caramel and chocolate and alliteration are also involved. :)

Megan said...

Hmmm - I'm going to have to take a second look at the frosting - it looks like a pool of deliciousness.

Katrina said...

Wow, great cake! You go. I'll probably skip this one for the reasons you mentioned probably not making it again. But that's good to know about the frosting!

Ivette said...

Your cake looks sooo delicious.. especially that frosting!

Jessica said...

Your cake is so pretty and it looks like it tasted SO GOOD! I've been putting this one off. I'm going to make it this weekend after I read through the recipe at least four times. I can't wait to taste that frosting!

Tammy said...

I loved the components of this, but wasnt so keen on the combined effect. your cake looks wonderful

Flourchild said...

WOW your cake looks really good. It is so pretty too!

Karine said...

Great job! Your cake sounds delicious :)

Jules Someone said...

That looks amazing! I'm not even going to attempt this one.

Lauryn said...

Your cake looks beautiful!! I've been feeling a bit nervous about making this one...but I would really like to give it a try!! Great job on yours!!!

Anne said...

Beautiful cake! I'm glad to hear the frosting was so good and will have to try it. Great job!

Nina said...

Your cake looks fantastic! Great job--can't wait to make this one next week!

Steph said...

Wow, chestnut spread from France seems extra cool! I don't know if I would have been able to use it. The cake looks really good!

Pamela said...

Beautiful. I didn't make the cake, and I honestly don't think I will get to it this month. But I so want to try this frosting!