Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chestnut Cake Recipe (Gluten-free)

Chestnut Cake Recipe (Gluten-free)  

Treat yourself and your family with this luxurious cake. I just love this rich, flour-free cake. It reminds me of exquisite gateaux at a high-end Paris pastry shop.

This delicious cake is from Ardeche region of France. There are many versions of chestnut cake from this beautiful region between Lyon and Provence.

Chestnut spread itself (not chestnut puree) is used in this recipe and it has enough sugar content, so no sugar is added.

Serves 6 persons
Difficulty Level: Easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 40 min


100 g unsalted butter at room-temperature
750 g chestnut spread
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon rum

And extra butter for brushing

For glazing:
100 g dark chocolate
20 g milk

Chestnut spread & rum


1. Preheat the oven at 150 degrees C. Butter the pan and also line with a greased parchment paper. The cake is very sticky to the pan.

2. Sift corn starch and baking powder. Separate egg yolks and egg whites.

3. In a large bowl add butter and chestnut spread and mix well with a whisk. Then stir in egg yolks and vanilla extract. And add in corn starch and baking powder mixture. Whisk until well combined.
Beat egg whites until stiff and incorporate delicately with the chestnut mixture.

4. Fill the batter in the pan three fourths and bake for 40 minutes. The cake should form crust on the surface but the inside is sticky. So when you test with a wood stick, it should not come out clean.

5. Out of oven, cool the cake in the pan completely on a wire rack. Then get the cake out of the pan and remove the parchment paper carefully.

6. For glazing, melt the chocolate in bain-marie, add in milk and mix until smooth. Out of the heat, add in water and stir well. Use when the fondue is lukewarm.


Chestnut spread is very sweet itself, so don't add any sugar to glazing. If you want to enjoy the straight flavor of chestnut, skip the glaze and serve the chestnut cake with dark chocolate sauce.

Almost finished!