This weeks out of order Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Katya of Second Dinner. She chose Dorie’s Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake, which is located on pages 269-272 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.
The picture of this cake in Dorie’s book is beautiful. I thought about going the same route as Dorie and making it in a square cake pan, but I couldn’t do that to myself. I do own one. I think it is because where I work I am use to glazing round cakes with chocolate. Holding the cake in one hand, while simultaneously pouring chocolate glaze and turning the cake. It take a bit getting use to, but I knew I could do it and have it come out pretty good. I also decided to finally use my adjustable round cake form that I got last year for my birthday.
I built the cake inside of the form, place it in the fridge to set up (3 hrs), un-molded the cake, and smoothed out the icing on the top and sides. I placed the cake in the fridge again to get firm before I poured the glaze over the cake. I was surprised that everything turned out so well. I should have taken a picture of the inside of the cake, but I ended up taking to my Nanny’s house and then it went down to the shop so the rest of it would get eaten. I loved the taste of the cake. It wasn’t too sweet, and one slice was just enough.
The ingredients for this cake was a little hard to find. I was surprisingly able to find jarred chestnuts at my local grocery store, however, they didn’t have the spread. I ended up ordering the Chestnut Spread from The Frenchy Bee. My order was fulfilled in a timely manner and I got the product rather quickly. I don’t know if I will ever make this cake again because it is a little pricey, but it was very delicious.