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Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from www.tasteandtellblog.com

Well, I’ve procrastinated before, but never like this!! My cake is just finished. But at least I’m posting on the right day, even though it’s the very end of the day! This month’s challenge is a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Great Cakes by Carol Walter, brought to us by Chris at Mele Cotte.

I have been hoping to get back some energy that people say you get back in the 2nd trimester, but so far, I’m still so tired. I had intended to make this when I took some time off last week, but every time I got up to make it, the couch would call my name, and my body would tell me that the couch was the right decision!! So I finally made the cake on Saturday, did the buttercream yesterday, and did the ganache just now. At least I got it done! I don’t have pictures of the inside – my ganache in not quite set – but I wanted to get this up!

The only part that really gave me any trouble was the cake itself. I halved the recipe and used a 6 inch pan. When I filled up the pan, the batter almost came to the top, and I got worried. My first reaction was to take some of the batter out, but then I thought that I should be safe, and maybe this was a cake that didn’t rise much. Well, maybe I beat my eggs too much, because sure enough, the cake overflowed in the oven. That caused my final cake to sink in the middle, and so I was only able to get 2 layers out of it. Luckily, that was my only problem.I also did leave out all of the alcohol, and I decided not to do the apricot glaze. Mostly because I was confused by the directions (to put it on the warm cake – but I had made the cake days before!) After all was said and done, I realized that you were supposed to keep the glaze warm when it went on the cake. Oh well…

I’ve mentioned before, but since I became pregnant, I haven’t wanted sweets. Well, I could eat fruit snacks every day, but cakes and cookies just aren’t my thing right now. They’ve never been easier to turn away! That, combined with the fact that this buttercream is not exactly pregnancy safe, I wasn’t really all that excited about the cake. I really think I could have done something great with it, but I have to admit that my heart just wasn’t in it – which explains why my cake looks less than perfect. Nothing against the cake, but just anything sweet in general. I might end up leaving the Daring Bakers until the baby is born – but I don’t know yet. I do this for fun, and when it’s not fun anymore, I just don’t see the purpose in making myself do it every month. I guess I’ll wait and see what next month’s challenge is, and if it’s savory, I might stick around for another month. Or maybe my sweet tooth will come back!!

For the recipe, please visit Chris’ blog. And don’t forget to check out all of the others!

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54 Responses to Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream {The Daring Bakers}

  1. Liz says:


  2. Katie B. says:

    O, Deborah – lovely cake!

    What a bummer that it was such a struggle for you to WANT to make it – but totally understandable! Hang in there!! πŸ™‚

  3. Courtney says:

    cake looks great even if your mind was not into it.

  4. glamah16 says:

    I hope you stick around, but baby comes first for sure! I also hope next is savory. Im not feeling too many sweets as well.Sometimes you just have to say no.Regardless of how you feel, I think it turned out great.

  5. Erin says:

    Your cake looks beautiful! Hope you are able to stick around and that everything goes well for you.

  6. una donna dolce says:

    I gotta hand it to you that you’re brave enough to tackle this when pregnant! Bravo!

  7. Sarah says:

    Less than perfect? I think not. Your cake is beautiful! I’m very, very impressed!

  8. Dragon says:

    Oh wow! That looks stunning. I want to run my finger over that icing and lick it. Is that wrong? πŸ™‚

  9. noble pig says:

    Okay woman yours looks dang good! What a treat!

  10. Mandy says:

    your cake is beautiful, Deborah. Considering the amount of dishes that needed to be washed, I think you are a good sport for completing the challenge on time.Especially when you are in your pregnancy now. Well done!

  11. Heather says:

    how beautiful! i’m impressed πŸ™‚

  12. Psychgrad says:

    Well – it still looks impressive to me. But, I can understand why your heart wasn’t into it. I hope someone got to reap the benefits of your labour.

  13. KJ says:

    Your cake looks lovely. Good on you for sticking with it.

  14. Megan says:

    I hope you get your energy and your sweet tooth back!!! Hang in there!!! Nice job.

  15. PheMom says:

    Well I think you did a great job – and you are a total rock star in my book for still going for it while baby is still fatiguing you!

  16. Dharm says:

    Lovely Cake! Great job.

  17. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your cake looks beautiful! You did a great job!



  18. Elle says:

    For a ckae that you almost had to force yourself to do, you did well..it’s beautiful. Let’s hope August’s challenge is savory.

  19. Paula says:

    Wow! Again, wow! Hat’s off to you for participating while pregnant. This is a really, impressive cake!

  20. Katie says:

    I think your cake looks wonderful. Love the caramel coated nuts on top. I’m sure friends and family will enjoy all your hard work.

  21. HoneyB says:

    I’m hoping for a savory challenge also! Great job on your cake!

  22. Veron says:

    Your cake looks beautiful! Great job deborah!

  23. Sarah says:

    Even though your heart wasn’t in it, it still turned out great!

  24. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Good job getting the challenge done, even though it didn’t call to you and baby. It turned out great! I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding happy takers for a slice.

  25. kat says:

    Oh good for you pushing through & getting it done but it is best to listen to your body & rest. Two of my best friends are now in the second trimester & both say they are feeling a bit more like themselves though still tire easily

  26. breadchick says:


    For someone who is off sweets right now, that is lovely!

  27. Lis says:

    We feel for you, sweetie! I can’t even imagine what it must be like to spend hours making something that doesn’t trip your trigger.

    But I must also say you did a beautiful job because that cake is beautiful!

    If you need to take a break, you go right ahead, we’ll be here waiting for your sweet tooth to come back! πŸ™‚


  28. Grace says:

    good for you for finishing the task. i’ve gotta respect you for getting your hands dirty making something you know you’re not going to enjoy. πŸ™‚

  29. Jenny says:

    Ah I recall those days, the second trimester, long past for me. Thank goodness! πŸ™‚
    I think when you cooked the egg whites with the sugar over the water bath to 120F, the buttercream became pregnancy safe, since the eggs were now cooked, but I don’t blame you for not taking chances.
    Looks good, great final result.

  30. Ruth says:

    Beautiful Cake. Great job so amazing you got it done

  31. eatme_delicious says:

    Your cake looks beautiful! Too bad you aren’t in the mood for cake though.

  32. Gigi says:


  33. Cakespy says:

    Oh goodness I hope your appetite for sweets comes back–come on, you’re eating for two now! πŸ™‚

  34. farida says:

    regardless of the troubles you had, your cake looks beautiful!

  35. Jeena says:

    Wonderful cake Deborah it looks so beautiful.

  36. Kevin says:

    Your cake looks great! I like the decorations. Mine did not rise much at all, though I was hoping that it would.

  37. Faery says:

    You are pregnant how sweet, and you managed to make this beautiful totally yummy cake.You are so brave. I am not pregnant and it was difficult to deal with all this hard work sice I gained 3 extra kilograms over my other 3 extra kilograms…. πŸ˜€

  38. Prudence - Cake Chica says:

    Nice job! But I understand what you mean. I have been pregnant 3 times! When I was, something I always loved – chicken, sweet stuff, fruit, was taken away from me. Don’t worry, it will come right back!

  39. Emiline says:

    Yeah, I don’t blame you. If it’s not fun for you, then I wouldn’t worry about it. The Daring Bakers won’t kick you out or anything, will they?
    That would be so mean – kicking out a pregnant lady.

    Maybe next month’s challenge will have to do with fruitsnacks!!

  40. BC says:

    You should give yourself a big round of applause for tackling this challenge during pregnancy. It was a doozie.

  41. linda says:

    First of all congratulations on the pregnancy. Pregnancy is a energy drainer in the first few months so I’m really impressed you made the cake especially since you don’t crave sweet stuff. It looks wonderful!
    I thought I had to spread the glaze on a warm cake too, the instructions were not clear.
    And about the buttercream, I heated the eggwhites and sugar until 160F which make it suitable for everybody, including pregnant woman. I think it’s like the Yule log buttercream recipe.

  42. Dhanggit says:

    i love the piping on the top Deborah!! indeed one of the most filbert cake in the blogsphere!

    btw, how’s your pregnancy??i hope everything is doing great!!

  43. ashleystravel says:

    I love how you used the whole hazelnuts on top. Great job

  44. Bridget says:

    I wouldn’t mind something toning down my sweet tooth, but at least for the immediate future, I’ll have to find a way to deal with it that doesn’t involve babies! Your cake does look great, even though your heart wasn’t in it this time.

  45. kellypea says:

    That yummy looking cake doesn’t the least bit give away a flow over in your oven. And THANKS for clearing up the apricot glaze confusion for me. Until I read your line, I, too thought it meant a warm cake. DUH. Anyhoo, nice job. Nice that you’re taking advantage of the time to rest up, too!

  46. Venus ~ Vi says:

    Looks VERY impressive for a cake that you said was made last minute!


  47. Kelly-Jane says:

    Lovely cake in the end πŸ™‚

    Congratulations to you and hubby about your baby, terrific news πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  48. Shandy says:

    You poor thing. Your cake looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t imagine you making this better. You are such a talented lady =).

  49. Ruth Elkin says:

    Sorry you had problems with the cake itself, but it looks gorgeous! Well done you for making this when you’re feeling a bit rough!!!!

  50. Candace says:

    Nice job… and I agree, some of the instructions were a bit confusing!

  51. Peabody says:

    The couch is evil about calling my name as well…in fact I hear it now. πŸ™‚
    Cake looks great.

  52. Mary says:

    Your cake looks great! I think you should get extra points for doing it without a sweet tooth and totally zapped from being pregnant!

  53. Claire says:

    looks great! i hope you get some of your get-up-and-go back soon!

  54. Lauren says:

    Ooo, your cake looks great, love the decoration!

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