Daring Bakers: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

It’s time for another Daring Bakers challenge! The idea of the Daring Bakers is that every month one baking recipe is presented that all members have to follow exactly without any modifications except where specifically allowed. During the month we share our experiences and learn to be better bakers. The recipe, our photos and experiences are then officially posted on a specified day.

This month’s challenge was to bake a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Carol Walter’s “Great Cakes” and the recipe was picked by Chris of Mele Cotte.

It’s super hot outside and I’m melting so I will keep this post as short as possible. As usual I did the challenge in the very last minute. I baked the cake last night and today during the day I completed the different steps. I decided to do half the recipe, using a smaller spring pan. I used cherry preserves instead of apricot and I omitted the sugar syrup and used Frangelico hazelnut liquour instead. For decoration I used fresh cherries.

I averted two minor catastrophies:

1. My swiss buttercream curdled. But I quickly re-heated it for a couple of seconds, whipped it and it turned out very smooth and nice.

2. After putting the praline buttercream very even on each cake layer and then with the cake in my hand looking for a space in the fridge I discovered the whipped cream that I was suppose to have on each layer of butter cream…. So I gently split the layers and added the cream on my earlier perfect layers. It didn’t turn out too great, but better than I first thought.

The verdict? A gorgeous cake and I’m sure I will make it again in the future. There were many discussions on the private Daring Bakers forum about this very cake, but with over 1000 members it’s a tough choice for the monthly host to pick a recipe that will suit everyone. I’m very glad that Chris picked this recipe, as I would not have tried it otherwise despite the fact that I love hazelnuts all because the fact that I normally don’t like butter cream. But this one was delicious! Thanks!

The recipe can be found here and to see all fabulous versions of this cake go to the Daring Bakers blog roll.

44 Responses to “Daring Bakers: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream”

  1. veron
    July 30th, 2008 17:04

    I can imagine how those cherries would taste with the cake – yummy!Wonderful job, Dagmar!

  2. Nicole D.
    July 30th, 2008 17:32

    What a site with all those cherries piled on top! Great job!

  3. Vera
    July 30th, 2008 17:36

    I love how you piled the cherries on top! Very beautiful presentation!

  4. Laurie
    July 30th, 2008 18:32

    This looks gorgeous! I am so glad to see other colors on the Gateau besides cream and brown! Exceptionally done!

  5. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen
    July 30th, 2008 18:55

    Looks lovely Dagmar! I love the cherries on top!

  6. Amelia
    July 30th, 2008 19:05

    Absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe you whipped it up that fast :). I love the cherries on top, it makes it look even more scrumptious.

  7. Rosa
    July 30th, 2008 19:08

    Your cake looks great! I really love the cherry decoration!



  8. Amy
    July 30th, 2008 19:10

    Oh…cherries! Just looking at your post makes me want to makes this all over again and pile those scrumptious treats on top. Well done.

  9. Jen Yu
    July 30th, 2008 19:16

    Oooh, that pile of cherries on top is a wonderful touch! Your cake is BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL!

  10. maybelles mom (feeding maybelle)
    July 30th, 2008 20:58

    love the cherries on top. looks great.

  11. Katie B.
    July 30th, 2008 21:05

    I love that you took your cake apart to add the whipped cream layer – how many of us would have just left it out at that point!! Even with that – your layers look terrific!

  12. Courtney
    July 30th, 2008 21:41

    your cake looks wonderful. i love love love your cherries on top it looks so fresh and yummy.

  13. Nadia
    July 30th, 2008 23:30

    Cheers…your cake is beautiful!!!

  14. awoz
    July 31st, 2008 00:17

    The cherries add a nice touch!

  15. Shellyfish
    July 31st, 2008 00:34

    Oh Dagmar, the cherries! What a wonderful idea!

  16. Courtney aka glamah
    July 31st, 2008 02:52

    Cherries and Frtangelico. Youm. Great job Dagmar.Now go cool off.

  17. cheryl
    July 31st, 2008 03:11

    the cherries look luscious, I could just pick one off! how beautiful.

  18. Dharm
    July 31st, 2008 04:09

    Oh Wow! Those cherries would just go great with the cake. Superb job as usual!

  19. Lorrie
    July 31st, 2008 04:27

    I agree, I never would have tried this recipe on my own. You did a wonderful job, I love the cherries on top!

  20. JMom
    July 31st, 2008 04:38

    The cherries on top look beautiful!

  21. Anne
    July 31st, 2008 08:36

    Oh, it looks so great! I love the cherries, it makes it really wonderful! :)

  22. diva
    July 31st, 2008 10:38

    hey, so if buttercream starts to curdle, reheating it for a few seconds rights the problem?? great tip…i should keep tht in mind. and by the way, this is so beautiful..i love the cream, looks like white roses on a chocolate cake. and somehow, very wedding-like!

  23. Benny
    July 31st, 2008 13:08

    Wish you’ve posted this a day earlier, since we also experience a curdled butter cream, and has to proceed with a failed tiramisu. Thanks for the tip

    Also love your cake’s decoration :D

  24. TaratheFoodie
    July 31st, 2008 16:38

    WOW! This is a simply beautiful cake. The darkness of the chocolate and the deep red of the cherries are so pretty together. Well done!

  25. pixie
    July 31st, 2008 16:40

    those cherries just give your cake the oomph! bravo!

  26. Holly
    July 31st, 2008 21:32

    Really lovely! It looks gorgeous, especially with the shiny chocolate and pile of beautiful cherries!

  27. Molly W
    July 31st, 2008 21:43

    That is an incredibly sensuous looking cake. Well done!

  28. Beth
    July 31st, 2008 23:28

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I love the cherries on your cake! Very pretty.

  29. Ruth
    August 1st, 2008 00:21

    Your cake is beautiful your layers came out great

  30. Tricia
    August 1st, 2008 01:18

    Your cake looks great. I love the cherries on top. I had to reheat my buttercream also but it worked and came out great.

  31. Michelle
    August 1st, 2008 02:36

    Your layers still look pretty wonderful to me! This is a gorgeous interpretation of this cake! Well done!

  32. Tartelette
    August 1st, 2008 06:04

    All these cherries make me happy-happy! Your cake tured out wonderful and it is refreshing to read a positive thought about it.

  33. George@CulinaryTravels
    August 1st, 2008 13:07

    What a beautiful cake, so summery feeling :)

  34. Clumbsy Cookie
    August 1st, 2008 16:06

    Beautiful with the cherries!

  35. MsC
    August 2nd, 2008 01:33

    Those cherries look good enough to eat!

  36. ingegerd
    August 2nd, 2008 01:41

    nice work!!Its look so yummy!!

  37. Helena
    August 2nd, 2008 14:29

    Wow, what a pretty cake! Love the cherries on top!

  38. erica@Ohmy!Apple pie!
    August 2nd, 2008 14:38

    I love the cherry theme, great combination.
    My buttercream stressed me out too, lol.

  39. Rachel
    August 3rd, 2008 05:15


    What I love is how the name and the photo so don’t match- in addition to how gorgeous this cake looks and must taste. Whoever in your life got to enjoy a piece of this must have had sheer BLISS!

  40. Lauren
    August 3rd, 2008 06:07

    Ooo, Cherries are one of my favourite fruits, and oh so perfect with Chocolate and nuts. Love it!

  41. Wendy
    August 3rd, 2008 21:09

    I love the cherries abundantly piled on top of your cake. Fabulous photos of a pretty cake. Wendy

  42. jasmine
    August 4th, 2008 05:48

    Absolutely delicious looking with all those cherries…



  43. Joanna
    August 4th, 2008 19:41

    Beautiful presentation! That cake looks amazing… I simply love the cherries, and they seem like they would make a perfect accompaniement to all that chocolate-nutty goodness! Way to go on this months DB challenge :)

  44. laily
    September 16th, 2009 05:22

    duuh… enak banget… jadi pengen nyicip… ( sorry for my words, it’s Indonesian language, means It’s very delicious…)


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