A holiday winner, this light sponge cake is the perfect base for the nutty-flavoured cream. Look for cans of chestnut spread or cream in gourmet stores or the baking aisles of grocery stores. Chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella, can also be used.
- Portion size 12 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2006
- 2 eggs
- 3 eggs separated
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cups all purpose flour
Chestnut Cream Filling:
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons cognac
- 3 tablespoons brandy
- 3/4 cups sweetened chestnut spread
- 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate finely grated
MethodGrease side of 9-inch (2.5 L) round springform pan; line bottom with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, add whole eggs to yolks; beat in half of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in butter, vanilla and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; beat in remaining sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until soft peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture alternately with flour, making 2 additions of each. Scrape into prepared pan.
Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until cake springs back when touched, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Run knife around edge and remove pan side; peel off paper. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and store in airtight container for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw.)
Chestnut Cream Filling: In large bowl, whip cream with cognac. Fold in 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the chestnut spread and half of the chocolate.
Slice cake horizontally into thirds. Place bottom layer on flat cake plate. Spread 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the remaining chestnut spread evenly over cake. Using piping bag fitted with star tip or spatula, pipe or spread one-third of the chestnut cream filling over chestnut spread. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining layer.
Pipe or spread remaining cream filling over cake. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Sprinkle with remaining chocolate.
Nutritional facts Per each of 12 servings: about
- Sodium 69 mg
- Protein 4 g
- Calories 323.0
- Total fat 21 g
- Cholesterol 139 mg
- Saturated fat 12 g
- Total carbohydrate 30 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 14.0
- Calcium 4.0
- Vitamin A 21.0
- Vitamin C 3.0