I was pretty excited when I found out that Chris of Mele Cotte chose a cake for this month’s challenge. I love cake and I was pretty excited about making one that is a step above a simple frosted layer cake. The Filbert Gateau is from Great Cakes by Carole Walter, which I decided to buy after experiencing this challenge. It’s pretty cheap on amazon.com, and I figured it would be a great go-to book when I want to find a cake for a special occasion.
This cake was not extremely difficult, but it did require careful attention. There were a lot of steps involved, but if you read the recipe carefully, you will find that it’s manageable if you take it a little bit at a time. I spent a good afternoon on the cake, and I think it was worth it. It was difficult to find hazelnuts around here, so I decided to use almonds instead. I also used Amaretto as a flavoring in the buttercream and in the gateau. I love the way the flavors blend together! This cake was pretty dense, almost like a pound cake. I thought it was delicious. Both my parents and my in-laws tried it and enjoyed it as well. My mother-in-law found it to be particularly enjoyable with some good tea as a nighttime treat 🙂 Thanks Chris for a great recipe! Be sure to check out the Daring Bakers Blogroll to see how everyone else did with the challenge!
I don’t have any experience decorating cakes, but I did the best I could with the tip of a zip-lock bag 😦 I can’t wait to take a Wilton class- I wanted to take one this summer, but the times unfortunately did not work out well. I decorate it with our married monogram since we got married fairly recently 🙂