Chocolate chestnut cake

Today a friend of mine is celebrating her birthday. As every year I’m planning on making her a cake as a surprise, or some kind of a dessert like cupcakes, but has to be something with chocolate. As she will be reading this post, I have to say I still don’t have an idea what I’m going to make, even though there is a master plan in action. The surprise is probably going to be in a day or two when we catch up, and I have to admit I can’t wait!

When it comes to birthdays, I love preparing cakes for my friends, sometimes I really don’t have time to do so, but I always do my best. Just the joy on their face when they see the surprise is worth the effort. I’ve been surprising people with cakes since high school and it’s something I won’t stop doing, because really is there a person who doesn’t like cake on their birthday??

Year ago I stumbled upon a Chestnut cake recipe I just had to give a try. Every autumn we do desserts with chestnuts, so there couldn’t be a better moment for this cake recipe to come up. The cake turned out to be our favourite chestnut recipe, every time I decided to make it, I’d tweak the recipe a bit and in the end got a brand new delicious recipe with a personal touch of creativity.

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 30 min

Cook time: 35 min

Servings: 8


Ingredients

Cake:

  • 80 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 150 g chocolate
  • 50 g chocolate chips
  • 60 g sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 230 chestnut puree
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Chestnut filling:

  • 400 ml heavy cream
  • 250 g white chocolate
  • 150 g chestnut puree
  • 100 g ground Digestive biscuits
  • 1 tsp ground gelatine

Chocolate chestnut cake

How to

  1. Place 5 egg yolks and 60 g of sugar in a bowl and mix until fluffy and combined. Melt chocolate in a small sauce pan over steam and add it to the egg yolk mixture. Stir in 60 g of softened butter, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 230 g of chestnut puree. Sift flour, cinnamon and baking powder and add to the mix. Also add 50 g of chocolate chips to the mixture.
  2. In a second bowl beat 5 egg whites until stiff. Manually stir them in with the chocolate mixture. Preheat the oven to 180° C, butter a round cake pan and sprinkle some bread crumbs so the cake doesn’t stick to the cake pan while baking.
  3. Pour the mixture in a buttered up cake pan and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 35 min. Check with a wooden toothpick if the cake is baked all the way through by inserting it in the middle, and if it comes out clean it’s done!
  4. Heat 150 ml of heavy cream to a boil and pour them over white chocolate stirring until it melts. Beat 250 ml of heavy cream, when it starts to stiffen add 150 g of chestnut puree.
  5. Add 5 tbsp of water to ground gelatine and wait for a few minutes until it rises in size. Melt gelatine over steam, mix the white chocolate and chestnut cream together, while mixing gradually pour in the melted gelatine.
  6. Cut the cake in half. Spread one half of the white chocolate – chestnut filling over the first layer of the cake, top it off with the second layer of the cake covered in second half of the filling. Sprinkle ground biscuits over the cake. Serve cold & enjoy!

 

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. alexankarr1 says:

    Wow. That looks gorgeous.

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  2. So yum… Well today I post about sausages corn salad

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much for stopping by!

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  3. Nice! This is the season for chestnuts, I always like it 🙂 I’m also going to prepare a cake soon with chestnut flour.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks for stopping by, I love using chestnut flour, so yummy! 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Much appreciated!

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      1. foodzesty says:

        Your welcome 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Megala says:

    Absolute winner !!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Agreed! 😀 Thanks for reading the post and checking out the cake!

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  5. I agree that everyone should have a birthday cake on their special day. I made character cakes for all the kids and always made something unique any other time when I was bringing the dessert. Looks very tasty – chocolate is always a good thing!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment! Chocolate is the best option, and works really well with chestnut 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, you should give it a try 😀

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  6. Whoa Ive never had the combination of chocolate and chestnut! I love the sound of it, Im def going to try it now 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you so much! You have to tell me how it turned out, and if you liked the combo as much as I did 😀

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  7. Sounds great and looks delicious 😊

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! So happy to read such wonderful comments! 😀

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  8. sbaskitchen says:

    This cake sounds wonderful. I am going to try it gluten free with a gf flour blend. In the ingredients. You have 150g of chocolate and 50g of chocolate chips. Please, would you mind telling me what kind of chocolate do you use?

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hi! First of all thank you very much for a lovely comment, secondly I use 150 g of 42% chocolate, and chocolate chips are a similar percentage of cocoa 🙂 Hope everything turns out as delicious ąnd happy cooking!

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  9. Oh my, I’m a bit behind with looking at blog posts! I absolutely LOVE chestnuts puree, we have a dessert called Vermicelles in Switzerland, chestnut puree is pressed into Spaghetti shape, served with meringue and whipped cream😋. It’s not known in Canada and I always get family to bring me chestnut puree, lol. This cake must be amazing!😍

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, and I know about it, it’s not as popular here in Croatia but still there are some patisseries where you can get it! It’s really a delicious dessert and I’m a big fan of it too! 😀

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  10. Sounds different and looks just perfect.sure will give it a try.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      It’s a delicious autumn cake, thanks for stopping by! 😀

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  11. My Real Dish says:

    Looks heavenly. Beautifully plated!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! It’s really delicious, if you get a chance you should try it out.. 🙂

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, it’s such a delicious one, can’t wait for the chestnut season again to prepare it 🙂

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