Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Daring Bakers - Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream


Ring out the Filbert Gateaus it's Daring Baker time. The blogosphere will shortly be awash with hazelnuts, cake, chocolate and buttercream.

If I am perfectly honest I was a teeny bit disappointed to find another layered cake as this month's challenge. There have been quite a few lately. But I should not have doubted this month's host, Chris of Mele Cotte, because this cake is superb.



Yes it was a lot of work. But the end result was worth it. Let's go through the list:

1) hazelnut genoise - light, airy, soft and deliciously nutty
2) sugar syrup - flavoured with cointreau
3) praline buttercream - impossibly smooth, light and strewn with toffeed hazelnuts
4) whipped cream - always a good thing
5) glaze - tangy marmalade laced with cointreau
6) chocolate ganache - deep and rich and chocolatey



I had few problems in making it. The only issue was that the cake was not terribly high. I was convinced that if I tried to cut it into three layers it would crumble into crumbs. So I played it safe and stayed with two. I really need to learn how to do this better because one layer was double the size of the other.

There were no complaints though. Everbody loved it, including me.

The recipe can be found on Chris's blog. If it is not there just yet it will be in the next day or so.

To see a million other delicious versions of this cake, visit the Daring Baker blogroll.

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34 Comments:

At 12:09 am, Blogger Dharm said...

Yaay! I'm first - I think! Great job Karen! your cake looks lovely. I agree it certainly was a delish cake. i love how your ganache looks so shiny!

 
At 1:25 am, Blogger glamah16 said...

Yeah you did it. And it sounds succesful. I cant wait to see the others. It suits your weather /season perfectly !

 
At 3:03 am, Blogger Poonam said...

Terrific cake!

 
At 9:07 am, Blogger Cakelaw said...

Lovely cake.

 
At 11:04 am, Blogger maybelles parents said...

such emotive pictures. congrats.

 
At 12:04 pm, Blogger Jenny said...

Wow that looks nothing like the cake I ended up with!

 
At 1:51 pm, Blogger Rigby said...

I'm glad to hear that your cake wasn't very tall....mine was the same way! I went ahead and tried to get the 3 layers out of it. Thank goodness the buttercream functions as a "glue". Your cake looks lovely :)

 
At 4:44 pm, Anonymous Foodie Froggy said...

Yummy ! I was also disappointed the challenge was another layered cake, but I have to admit it was delicious !

 
At 5:36 pm, Blogger Grace said...

wowza, six separate components? good for you! praline buttercream sounds like heaven in a bowl--i'd make that, get distracted by its deliciousness, and stop right there! :)

 
At 8:29 pm, Anonymous Kate said...

Not sure if I remembered to mention that the Kitchen Aid I think you are lusting after is on sale in Vital Ingredient in Kingston.
Great cake. Would never manage to make it. Would love to eat it.

 
At 9:02 pm, Blogger Christine said...

My layers weren't high either and I thought that I did something wrong. So I am glad I am not the only one! Your cake looks beautiful, great job!

 
At 10:35 pm, Blogger giz said...

Great job on the cake!!! Although the cake isn't high, I used my Wilton saw thinggy (whatever you call it). It's notched, so you just figure out where you want the height to be and saw away - works great.

 
At 11:09 pm, Anonymous marye said...

I only was able to get two layers as well. I think I need to practice my genoise skills.
Your cake looks great!

 
At 12:50 am, Blogger Deborah said...

Wonderful job!! Mine is still at home, waiting to be finished and posted about when I go home for lunch. Mine was only 2 layers as well.

 
At 3:18 am, Blogger Jen Yu said...

mmmm, mmmmm, mmmm! Lovely photos and great job on the cake. I like hazelnuts a lot and while I was excited to make the cake, the heat made the process a lot more "interesting" than I had anticipated ;) Still, I'm glad I did it. Kudos to you!

 
At 5:05 am, Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

It's the first time I hear about this cake, KJ, and I'm overwhelmed - I love how beautiful it looks!

 
At 7:30 am, Anonymous Ann said...

Really beautiful cake!

 
At 12:29 pm, Anonymous Lorrie said...

your ganache looks so delicious, you did a great job :)

 
At 1:43 pm, Blogger Y said...

Love the rich colours of your cake. I got a few compliments from the people who tasted mine too, despite the fact I thought it was quite rich.

 
At 2:29 pm, Blogger Elle said...

Gorgeous ganache! It was delicious wasn't it?

 
At 2:40 pm, Anonymous noble pig said...

And yours is a bute of an example! Kudos to you!

 
At 4:32 pm, Blogger Katie said...

Your cake looks great. Like the little ring of praline crumbs around the top.

 
At 11:02 pm, Blogger pixie said...

your cake is wonderful! it looks so delectable!

 
At 11:10 pm, Blogger pixie said...

i love your photographs! your cake is mouth watering!

 
At 11:11 am, Blogger Prudence - Cake Chica said...

Very nice work!! Looks beautiful!

 
At 1:22 pm, Blogger jasmine said...

Beautiful shots. Love the top one.

Well done :)

j

 
At 1:46 pm, Anonymous Allyn said...

I love your photos. It really sets off the elegance of the cake. Well done!

 
At 10:21 pm, Blogger Bellini Valli said...

It does look amazing Karen. You did a beautiful job:D

 
At 2:51 am, Blogger Stephanie said...

What is it about ganache that makes desserts so good?

Lovely cake!

 
At 9:35 am, Blogger MsC said...

Great job!

 
At 2:10 pm, Blogger Lauren said...

Ooo, your cake looks wonderful. Mine wasn't terribly high either, but yours looks great regardless.

 
At 2:57 pm, Blogger Tartelette said...

Your cake turned out wonderful! I love how soft the crumbs look, well done again...but I had no doubt about that!!

 
At 2:02 am, Blogger Foodycat said...

Cointreau and marmalade are the best variations on this cake I have seen so far. 2 of my favourite things!

 
At 3:33 am, Blogger Veron said...

gorgeous cake, Karen!

 

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