For this weeks TWD bake fest Katya of Second Dinner chose Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake on pages 269-272 of Baking From My Home to Yours.
I considered this cake as my pick and had collected the ingredients over time as I had found them. This is defintely not a spur of the moment treat in Darwin.
The caramel cinnamon chocolate mixture was amazing on its own. I thought it lost some of it’s magic when the butter was beaten in. Maybe that’s just me.
The cake component of this is very good. The brown sugar works well with the chestnut. I could only find tinned chestnuts and they were a little less than perfect for adornment purposes. So I gave that a miss.
The glaze to finish looked pretty (for the 30 seconds before it became a puddle again in 95F heat) but really did push this towards the path of too much being enough.
Generally I scoff at people who complain things are too rich. This cake however almost toppled me over that edge.
Even my faithful testing panel of ravenous sons were pulled up.
That said I liked it- a lot. It was complex and interesting. I am a big fan of chestnut and this was a nice way of putting it together.
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