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Chocolate Chestnut Cake

Chocolate Chestnut Cake

Housewives of Frederick County
A rich & fudgy, brownie like cake with roasted chestnuts on top.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 45 mins
10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course cake, Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10 people


  • 1 cup Chestnuts, roasted & peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Bean Paste or 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 11 1/4 ounces Bittersweet or Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 6 Eggs, separated
  • 3 tbsp Flour


  • Combine chestnuts, 3/4 cup of sugar, vanilla bean paste, and sea salt in a saucepan and cover with 2 inches of water.
  • Bring water to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove chestnuts from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a metal bowl combine chocolate, 3/4 cup of sugar, and olive oil. Place metal bowl on top of a pan with water that is just barely simmering.
  • Continuously mix the chocolate mixture until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Remove metal bowl from heat and allow chocolate mixture to cool to a luke warm temperature.
  • Then mix in egg yolks and flour until well combined.
  • After that, mix in egg whites that have been beaten stiffly. Mix well.
  • Pour batter into a greased spring form pan with removable bottom.
  • Drain chestnuts and gently place them across the top of the cake.
  • Bake cake on the center rack of a preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool cake on cooling rack for 5 minutes and then remove it from the spring form pan. Cool cake for an additional 20 minutes. Slice and serve.


Tips, Tricks and Substitutions:

  • Use a spring form pan with a removable bottom in order to keep your cake intact after baking.
  • You can substitute semi-sweet chocolate for bittersweet chocolate
  • Buy your chestnuts already roasted and peeled. 
  • Slice the cake into small pieces because it is super rich! 
  • Toppings:
    • Powdered sugar,
    • Cocoa powder,
    • Whipped cream,
    • Vanilla ice cream
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