I debated about even posting this as I am so late...but my pictures were pretty and the cake was so very good.
Thanks to Katya of Second Dinner for choosing this cake. Perfect to take to a dinner with friends.
Found the chestnuts at Whole Foods.
And the vanilla sweetened chestnut cream
It did take me 3 days to make...in stages....but it was the centerpiece dessert for Thanksgiving and being not too terribly sweet, it went over very well.
I didn't have a 9" square pan. I used a 9" round and made 3 cupcakes with the extra batter. Good thing I did, the cake rose right to the top of the pan.
They're little chestnut cupcakes filled and iced with the chocolate caramel and then the glaze (ganache) on the top.
I didn't have any problems with the glaze not firming up...in fact it firmed up to SPREADING consistency in about 2 hours. I spread it on with a spatula.
I dusted the chestnuts with some gold dust (edible) and then flicked it across the top of the cake. You can't really tell in the photograph, but it's there.
All in all a complete success. Don't forget to stop by here to see what the others baked up.
Thanks for stopping by.