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Chocolate & Chestnut Dessert Cake

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  Serves 10-12
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For the Cake:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup light olive oil or sunflower oil
1 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Chesnut Filling:
14 ounce canned chestnuts, drained
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
For the Ganache:
6 ounce semisweet chocolate
3/4 cup unsalted butter
Chocolate & Chestnut Dessert Cake Recipe at Cooking.com
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch springform or round cake pans and line with parchment or waxed (greaseproof) paper.


FOR THE CAKE:
Beat together the sugar and eggs to combine. Add the oil, wine, flour, baking powder, and salt and beat for 1 minutes, or until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool slightly in the pans before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


FOR THE CHESTNUT FILLING:
Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Spread a layer of chestnut filling on top of each cake.


FOR THE GANACHE:
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then stir in the butter. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate to thicken slightly. If a thicker consistency is desired, whisk gently until pale and thick, 2-3 minutes.


Spread a layer of ganache over the top of the chestnut filling on the first layer. Top with the second layer and repeat the process.


Serve the cake cut in wedges.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 10-12
Calories: 677
Fat. Total: 41g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 74g
Sodium: 172mg
% Cal. from Fat: 55%
Cholesterol: 120mg
Protein: 6g
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Rating: 1
by: Michael Reviewed: 11/18/2012
Big disappointment
I had high hopes for this recipe, and I tried it before Thanksgiving just jn case. The chestnut filling tasted like a strange sweet meaty bean dip. The chocolate ganache never thickened and just ran all over the cake, creating a big chocolate pond. And it's probably my fault for the wine choice, but the cake did not have a good flavor either. Two adults and two kids did not like this cake and we wound up throwing the whole thing away. I wanted this to be good, but we just didn't like it.
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