Spiced Chocolate Cake with Glazed Chestnuts and Dried Nuts


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I am sure you all have experienced a situation, when you buy a product to use it in a particular sweet or savory dish and eventually it lingers in your closet or fridge for innumerous days and when you open either of them, it just stares at you, making you feel guilty for not utilizing it.

Every time I opened my fridge, I had this little vase of glazed chestnuts looking at me with disgrace and disappointment, for not using them at making the Mont Blanc sweet, I was planning during winter. The last couple of weeks when I opened my fridge, I avoided looking towards their direction. I even put some toast bread in front of them, so as not to feel ‘the looks’.

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As I was searching my countless cooking books to see what I was going to make for the family and the site, I stumbled upon this recipe by Stelios Parliaros a very famous Greek Pastry Chef in his book Sweet Alchemy Lessons. I have made quite a few from his recipes and he has never disappointed me.

When I saw this recipe, I was sure that this was the one to utilize these poor little chestnuts. The recipe called for pears and pistachios. I didn’t have either of the two, but even if I did, I was determined to use the chestnuts and that was it. I made a few other minor alterations and the result was a beautiful spiced chocolate cake with so many flavors alternating one after the other, that you couldn’t really decide which one tasted the best. An extra bonus was that it was really very easy and very fast to make.

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I will certainly make this cake again without changing a thing, that good it was!

 

Spiced Chocolate Cake with Glazed Chestnuts and Dried Nuts

Ingredients

150 gr. flour

150 gr caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

150 gr. margarine at room temperature

3 eggs

150 gr. semi-sweet chocolate 55% cocoa, melted

10 glazed chestnuts cut in half

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

A pinch ground cloves

60 gr. dried nuts, different kinds slightly grinded

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 180° C.

In the mixer bowl put the margarine, the sugar, the eggs and mix well.

Add the flour, the baking powder and the salt and continue to mix.

Pour the melted chocolate, the nuts, the chestnuts and the vanilla extract and mix with a spatula.

Add the spices and mix once more.

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Pour the batter in a buttered and floured spring form and bake for about 50 minutes or until the knife comes out clear.

Take it out of the mold and serve.

I am sending this to Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen.

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5.0 from 8 reviews

Spiced Chocolate Cake with Glazed Chestnuts and Dried Nuts
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Sweet

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 150 gr. flour
  • 150 gr caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150 gr. margarine at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 gr. semi-sweet chocolate 55% cocoa, melted
  • 10 glazed chestnuts cut in half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch ground cloves
  • 60 gr. dried nuts, different kinds slightly grinded

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
  2. In the mixer bowl put the margarine, the sugar, the eggs and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, the baking powder and the salt and continue to mix.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate, the nuts, the chestnuts and the vanilla extract and mix with a spatula.
  5. Add the spices and mix once more.
  6. Pour the batter in a buttered and floured spring form and bake for about 50 minutes or until the knife comes out clear.
  7. Take it out of the mold and serve.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Original recipe by Stelios Parliaros

50 Responses to Spiced Chocolate Cake with Glazed Chestnuts and Dried Nuts

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  1. muppy says:

    yeh i have those moments too but what a great outcome in the end, looks great!

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  3. I know what you mean. I often have ingredients waiting to be put to use and I’m disappointed when I’ve waited too long. This is a fantastic use for your glazed chestnuts!

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  5. Fabio says:

    I love Chocolate, fantastic your recipe :-)

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  7. Miriam says:

    The cake looks amazing! Good job using up those nuts :)
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  9. Dara says:

    What a beautiful cake!!! I adore chestnuts.

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  11. When I was younger I wasn’t really into chocolate dessert that has nuts in it. Now I love especially when there are nuts inside! My children are not refusing to eat chocolate with nuts (it’s karma!). I’d love this dessert so much. Perfect for tea time… not that I have a relaxing tea time with my crazy loud children… haha.

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  13. I have so many things that I had the best of intentions to use staring at me too. But this cake looks delicious. Not too sweet, not to moist just perfect with a cup of coffee. You did good!

    Velva

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  15. Barbara says:

    What a ompletely fabulous recipe, Katerina! I’m saving this for next December. We adore chestnuts, glazed or not.

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  17. rosita says:

    oh…….bellìsimo es impresionante y delicioso buena receta,abrazos y abrazos

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  19. Eliot says:

    Those were some mighty fine substitutes!

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  21. Juliana says:

    Wow Katerina, this cake looks awesome, like the chestnuts in it…must taste so good with a touch of cinnamon and cloves.
    I so wish I could nave a slice of this cake with my afternoon tea :)
    Hope you are enjoying your week my dear :)

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  23. i bet this cake is absolutely fantastic, so full of wonderful flavors! and yay for finally using the ingredient!

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  25. Katerina, this cake looks so awesome. I love chestnuts. I have never seen glazed ones though. Must be amazing if you say you would not change a thing.

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  27. Ambreen says:

    How can you go wrong with all these delicious ingredients? This looks absolutely wonderful!

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  29. Elaine says:

    This looks like a wonderful spice and nut cake. I enjoy making bundts so much because they are so quick and easy.

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  31. Catherine says:

    Dear Katerina, this cake looks comforting and delicious! What a beautiful treat! I would love a slice! Blessings my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

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  33. Katerina, cake looks very good! Well done! :)

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  35. Julie M. says:

    I think I have a few of those pesky ingredients staring at me in the fridge as we speak! This cake looks amazing. It almost looks like it has a glaze over the top it’s so perfectly cooked. Just beautiful katerina!

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  37. This cake is to die for Katerina! Love everything in it especially the chestnuts!

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  39. Sandi says:

    Quite the chef you are young lady, everything’s always so tasty. Love that cup too :)
    I’ll like you on FB, no Twitter?

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    • Katerina says:

      Thanks so much Sandi! I bought the cup during my visit to Paris from the Versailles. It is supposingly a replica of Marie Antoinette’s cup. I like it very much too!

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  41. I have a pear in my crisper that I keep looking at, torching to make sure it has not gone bad but still haven’t used. I love the cake you created with the glazed chestnuts,

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  43. I have a box of candied ginger which gives me ‘looks’….time I used them…the cake looks awesome…in my home we eat chestnuts raw…never had it cooked…must look out for these candied ones….

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  45. Sutapa says:

    Hi dear,
    How are you? Can’t make to your delicious blog for long and missed many awesome recipes but back again.
    Yummy cake love the way you use chestnut!

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  47. Kate says:

    I’ve made a chocolate cake with nuts and fruit and it was a big hit.

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  49. Julie says:

    This looks delicious. Love that you were able to use the items in the fridge.

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  51. My husband doesn’t like chestnuts but I sure do. Anything chocolate for me :-) Thanks for you nice comment about my soup.

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  53. Beth says:

    Yes, I definitely know the feeling of guilt when I stare at an unused ingredient every time I open the fridge/cupboard/pantry. I’ve actually planned a couple of recipes this month specifically to use them up!

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  55. This looks like a tasty cake, especially with the glazed chestnuts!

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  57. LOL @ the “staring” chestnuts :) I do know that feeling. My husband had to try jarred chestnuts but didn’t care for them, wish I had seen this, what a delicious way to use them. Your cake looks so good!

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  59. Nadji says:

    Les marrons glacés font toujours penser à Noël, du moins en France. Ton gâteau est un gâteau de fête. Il est magnifique. A tester vite.
    A bientôt

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  61. Τante Kiki says:

    Υπέροχο κέικ!! Πρέπει να είναι νοστιμότατο Κατερίνα μου!!! Και οι φωτό σου υπέροχες!!!!!!!!!!!!! Καλό σου βράδυ!

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  63. Sissi says:

    Caterina, the cake looks gorgeous! I’m sure your chestnut twist only improved it.

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  65. Να μια ωραία ιδέα να αξιοποιήσω τα κάστανα που μου έχουν ξεμείνει και όλο αναρωτιέμαι τι να τα κάνω!!
    Πολύ ωραίο φαίνεται το κέικ σου Κατερίνα!!
    Σοκολατένιο και αρωματισμένο με κανέλα, τέλειο!
    Φιλιά!

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  67. Lily says:

    Hi Katerina, thanks for your visit and your words on my blog. I’ve to say that i’m glad you’ve visited me, because now i have a wonderful blog to follw. Your photos are glamourous. Well, sorry any mistakes in my english. Now i’me gone see more recipes from you. Have a nice week.

    P.S. Your name is similar to Catarina in portguese :)

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  69. Joanne says:

    I really adore chestnuts but never think to use them in baked goods either! Good call on this cake…it looks so chocolate-y delicious!

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  71. CCU says:

    This cake takes chocolate to a whole new level my friend – absolutely gorgeous :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  73. I love that you have added those glazed chestnuts to this gorgeous bundt cake.

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  75. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου τέλειο και πολύ λαχταριστό!Οι συνταγές του Παρλιάρου είναι πάρα πολύ ωραίες, εγγύηση!!!Φιλιά πολλά!!!

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  77. Susan says:

    What an interesting combination of flavors! At least you remembered what you had bought them for in the first place – LOL. Nicely done.

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  79. ola says:

    worse if my husband finds such a forgotten thing:)
    your cake looks perfect!

    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  81. bergamot says:

    The cake looks really good. I love spiced cakes. Chestnuts would bring in a nutty flavour. I have some dried chestnut in my fridge. wondering, if I can use it for this recipe.

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  83. Jeannie says:

    Can see that this is a very moist cake, would love to give this a try too! I must get myself a nice bundt cake mould soon!

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  85. Liz says:

    Such a beautiful cake…I love your pan! A slice would have been perfect with my evening cup of tea :)

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  87. Cucina49 says:

    Now that is a gorgeous cake–and a great way to use those glazed chestnuts. I do have just such an ingredient–fennel pollen. I bought it for one pasta recipe and now need to find another use for it.

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  89. Faith says:

    What a great use for your chestnuts! The cake looks really lovely, Katerina…perfect with a cup of tea!

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  91. Margarita says:

    i love all the ingredients in your spiced cake Katerina… it looks and sounds so lovely! i love cakes with a crunch and an exotic spicy taste to it.

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  93. Claire says:

    Love spiced cakes, never had these chestnuts before! I totally do the same thing, usually with fresh herbs. It’s often a whole bunch of parsley just sitting in the fridge wilting and staring at me and I feel so bad!

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  95. jennifurla says:

    This looks so super delish!

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  97. Gourmantine says:

    Wow, thanks for the recipe Katerina, I never know what to do with chestnuts that I tend to buy “out of curiosity”, will have to make this!

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