Almond Nutella Cake with a Pine Cone
What says Fall more than a beautiful collection of pine cones? And this cake has just the perfect pine cone for holiday baking.
I don’t typically think of pairing Almonds with Nutella, but I wanted to bake this sponge and looked in the pantry for inspiration. As soon as I caught sight of the Nutella, I thought for sure it would be a winner. For the sake of home bakers everywhere, I dipped a whole almond into this luscious hazelnut spread for a simple taste test. “We have a winner!”
It wasn’t really clear to me why I wanted to bake such a large, two layer cake… but I’ve learned to just roll with it. There is real beauty in the simple things and simple often times requires more patience. That’s what this cake taught me.
After I had this cake planned out… two layers, Nutella filling, smooth buttercream…how did this cake want to be decorated? What would look interesting? Where is my inspiration coming from?
This time of year is filled with the exploding colors of the leaves changing on the trees as well as the flotsam and jetsam of wooded areas pulling more focus. Things I don’t typically notice in the summer really capture my eye in October and November. This is where we land at pine cones.
Looking online, there wasn’t a tsunami of ideas, but I did see this inspirational pine cone cheese ball courtesy of the FoodNetwork.com. It sparked my imagination and I developed something similar for my simple Fall cake.
Most of the ingredients.
Starting with an egg shape seemed like a natural choice. Cadbury eggs are readily available in the U.S., so that’s where I began. I believe most home bakers who read my blog and try my recipes are in the States; the Cadbury seemed like a natural choice.
The goal is to attach almond slices to an egg shape. Applying the slices in a similar pattern that shingles are applied to a roof gives the egg its pine cone look. I chose to melt chocolate as an adhesive and started at the narrow point of the egg.
Epic Fail. At first I couldn’t figure out how many ways this went wrong. I think…the egg is too small for the size of the shingles. Also, it was very ineffective to dip the egg into the chocolate and apply the almonds. Time to move on to the next option.