July 30, 2008

Did I dare?

I sure did! I wasn't so sure I was wanting to but am glad I did! The challenge this month ~ Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Great Cakes by Carol Walter was chosen by Chris of Mele Cotte. The recipe is quite long, with many different components, but what else would we expect for a daring baker challenge?! Great choice Chris!

With the costs of everything rising, I had a hard time convincing myself to buy hazelnuts that
maybe nobody here would eat in the cake. But, I knew if nobody but me at home woud eat it, that someone outside of my home would. So I splurged.

Skinning the nuts wasn't as hard as I thought it might be! I even have some hazelnuts left over for a special treat in the future.


We even had to make our own praline for the butter cream - which was something I had never done before!


I wasn't sure I would like this cake because I was not extremely fond of the Opera Cake we made a few months ago. However, as it turned out, I was the one in the household who liked it best. It wasn't as sweet as the Opera Cake and I think that was why I liked it so much more. However, Grumpy's favorite still is the Opera Cake.


Chris (my son Chris, not Chris of Mele Cotte!) on the other hand thought it was too rich. I think it probably was the buttercream - I made a full recipe of it and used all of it - even though I halved the genoise part!! All in all I am glad I did get to do this challenge. I think I got better at my decorating skills this time around - even though I didn't get the praline quite as fine as I needed to (some chunks would at times stop my piping of the butter cream which made it not too perfect looking!)



There are many beautifully decorated cakes made by other Daring Bakers. Go ahead and check them out, you know you want to! To not make this such a long post, I will guide you back to Chris of Mele Cotte where you can view the recipe.

For now, I will leave you with a one more photo of the cake!


29 comments:

  1. Beautiful gateau, HoneyB! I loved making the praline paste as well, yummy!

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  2. Great job on your DB challenge! It looks terrific!

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  3. Your pictures (especially that last one!) make me sorry I didn't participate this month. But I'll have to try that praline buttercream for sure! Your cake is beautiful. :)

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  4. Lovely, I am so craving one of these hazelnut slices right now! Yummy!

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  5. I wasn't excited to make the cake either. I'm glad you liked the cake! Yours looks tasty.

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  6. I'm a lazy baker, but I wouldn't have a problem pulling up a chair and having a big slice of your beautiful cake!

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  7. Your pictures are so beautiful, and of course, so is your cake! Bravo!

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  8. This look heavenly! I doubt you could buy a better looking cake. Great job, dear! I wish I had made the time to bake this cake now. :(

    xoxox Amy

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  9. great cake!!! congratulations!

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  10. Thanks for the comment.

    Great job! The texture of the genoise looks amazing. I concur, I thought this was better than the Opera cake, though due to using the same flavorings, it tasted just about the same, just less rich.

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  11. Well done!! And it's so good to hear that you liked it so much!

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  12. I think your piping looks great, as do your layers. Nice work.

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  13. Great cake. I didnt have the opera cake but I thought the taste of this cake was great but it is very rich like you said.

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  14. Your cake looks really good. I guess all the DB cakes and buttercream are giving us a lot of practice with piping!
    Yes I also found this cake better than the Opera and not too sweet.

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  15. looks lovely! you did a great job!

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  16. Your cake is gorgeous, I love the shiny ganache glaze and the decorations.
    Due to the weather here, I had another boxing match just as I did with the danish braid, I think I'll become a butter-boxer :D
    thanks for stoppimg by my blog It makes me happy

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  17. Well done on your cake! Looks wonderful

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  18. Glad you didn't sit this one out, since it turned out great! Lovely buttercream!

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  19. Your cake looks great! Nice job decorating with the buttercream!

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  20. Lovely gateau! And thanks for dropping by my blog!

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  21. Honey, as always you did a wonderful job!!! And this cake definitely did stretch our skills, didn't it?!

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  22. What a beautiful cake & it really looks yummy!

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  23. You did an amazing job, and all of that buttercream is calling my name!

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