Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My first Daring Bakers Challenge: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

My first Daring Bakers Challenge was certainly just that. A recipe more than 4 pages in length and 6 hours in the kitchen. Although the bigger challenge may have been sharing this delicious cake. I did dole out portions to my sister and her husband, my boss, my parents (who conveniently forgot to deliver an extra slice to my brother... a mistake or perhaps more cake for Dad???). The rest was for me and my husband and we certainly enjoyed.

3 layers of a filbert based cake layered with praline buttercream and smothered in rich bittersweet chocolate ganache. Every inch of it from scratch. My kitchen has not looked such a mess in a long time!

Here's the cake fresh out of the oven. It was then sliced into 3 layers each topped with praline buttercream. MMM!

After smothering it with ganache, I let it sit for awhile in the fridge before trying my hand at piping. Try piping buttercream when it's 100 degrees outside. A very challenging endeavor indeed! The final product came out tasty, even if I need to work on my decorating skills.

Not a crumb remains (nor a dollop of buttercream, nor a drip of ganache...)

I eagerly await my next challenge. Come back next month for more pictures and adventures.


Lunch Buckets said...

Great job on your first challenge - and oh what a challenge it was! Welcome to the group :)

KJ said...

Congrats on your first challenge. It looks fantastic. Your cake was so high!!!

silverrock said...

ooo lala... lovely looking gateau. I want a slice right now :P Congrats on completing your first DB challenge... isn't baking in groups so much fun?!

Lauren said...

Ooo, your cake looks great! Congrats on your first challenge!

MaryMary said...

Beautiful cake! And you are not kitchen looked like doomsday magnified.

Welcome to DB!!

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