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Dec 17, 2008 03:40 PM

What does Chestnut Cream cake taste like?

Ok all its always my job to get the Christmas desserts. So this year I am going to try something different. And my local bakery has a Mont Blanc or Chestnut Cream cake and the Buche de Noel as their specialities for Christmas. My question is what does Chestnut cream cake taste like? Is it a typically sweet or rich cake? Here is the description....

Chestnut cream,creme chantilly and vanilla genoise with a hint of Rum,topped with Chocolate shavings and marrons glaces. Sounds yummy but who knows.

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  1. Get it. Chestnut anything is delicious. Hard to describe flavor, maybe somewhere between sweet potato and walnut, with the best parts of each. I would rather have this any day over any buche I've ever encountered.

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    1. re: buttertart

      That's a great description of chestnut!

      Steakrules, although I absolutely love chestnut, I find that a lot of people I know don't share the same sentiment. Perhaps it's because they think the texture is kind of "gritty." My vote for a more universally loved cake would be the chocolate hazelnut banana.

    2. It tastes kind of like chicken, but chestnuttier.

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      1. re: normalheightsfoodie

        HAHA very funny lol.

        Buttertart thanks! I am still considering other options among them a cherry pstachio buche and a chocolate ginaduja (hazelnut) banana cake.

        1. re: steakrules85

          You're welcome. They both also sound good, but hope you give the chestnut a whirl.

          1. re: buttertart

            Unfortunately I was informed that the Chestnut is no actually a cake. It is Chantilly cream, chestnut puree and a vest thin layer of vanilla cake on the bottom. More like .. idk a cream pie? Its a mont blanc. I would probably like it however I can't chance it since I don't think my family would and I am responsible for the desserts haha.

            1. re: steakrules85

              Ah well, maybe they make a mini version and you can get it for yourself. The pistachio-cherry would be my second choice.

      2. Maybe, it's because I hate chestnuts or because the ones I had were from shoddy bakeries but I think chestnut cakes taste awful. MUCH MUCH worse than actual chestnut...they also don't taste like chestnuts =/.

        1. If you're close to any chinese-style grocery store or bakery, you'll most likely be able to find a REAL chestnut cream cake -- i.e., a 2-layer cake (fluffy yellow cake) with a chestnut-pureed creme filling in the middle, some kind of light, not-too-sweet frosting on top with fruit. It's a Chinese specialty and it's not too sweet (b/c we chinese don't like things too too sweet for our desserts :) ) Try it. You'll love it.