For the month of January Jelena from A Kingdom for a Cake invited us to start this year with a dreamy celebration cake. She challenged us to make the Esterhazy cake a.k.a the Hungarian dream. What better way to start the year than with a sweet dream?

I always like to prepare a special cake to celebrate birthdays. My 17 year old son has for several years not wanted anything fancy…icecream cake or a plain chocolate cake. However my daughter, whose birthday is in January, loves to try lots of different cakes. This was an advantage when Jelena of A Kingdom for a Cake hosted our Daring Bakers’ Challenge for the month of January. The Esterhazy cake we were challenge with contains 12 eggs, 300 grams of butter and 500 grams of hazelnuts…yep, a big cake… perfect for a crowd!

Esterhazy cake is made up of 5 layers of hazelnut dacquoise filled with a rich hazelnut cream. Jelena told us the the cake was first baked in the 19th century by a confectioner from Budapest who named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterhazy de Galantha, a member of the Esterhazy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire. So there is bit of royal history behind this cake.

I made a couple of adjustments to the warm filling by adding a bit of dark chocolate and a couple of tablespoons of Frangelico. While a had a bit of trouble with the chocolate web decoration the rest of the cake was relatively simple though time consuming. I would do it all again, though! A thoroughly delicious cake, perfect for a celebration! Thanks to our host, Jelena!

I have had a lot of trouble copying the recipe from the site so I decided to just post the link and my pics.I added 150g dark chocolate and 2 tablespoons of Frangelico to the filling while it was warm but other than that I stuck to the original recipe…it’s perfect!

Please find the recipe to the Esterhazy cake here.

Delicious when we got stuck into it…YUM!

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