This year supermarkets have smashed it with their Christmas magazines. I don’t think that there’s ever been a year where I’ve actually gone and made more than one recipe from these magazines, to be honest, most years I find  a recipe I really love and then get completely sidetracked with other things (such as present shopping). If ever I do make a recipe it needs to be pretty quick, easy and hassle free. This recipe is none of those things! However, in true Waitrose fashion it not only looks, but also sounds INCREDIBLE. 

Every year I make a Yule Log and although it always gets devoured and thoroughly enjoyed, this year I wanted something different. I wanted something a little more sumptuous – OK, a whole lot more sumptuous… and a little special, especially as I wanted it to double as a birthday/ anniversary cake for my parents. Yes, I have been blessed with a family whose birthdays are mainly on and around Christmas/ New Year… We have my sister kicking off on 10th December, my dad 24th, my paternal grandmother 25th (!), my mum 27th, Jasper/ my parents’ anniversary on 28th and Kayne on 3rd Jan! Yay! Christmas is not at all busy for us…

Anyhow, what actually attracted me to this year’s Waitrose Christmas magazine was the lovely Rib of Beef on the front cover. I had every intention of investing in a prime cut for our secondary protein on Christmas day, but our family loves a good Ham and I will not forego the Turkey! I love turkey. I love the centrepiece that is a golden, moist turkey topped with a lovely streaky bacon lattice… no sir, no way… that shizzle is getting turned out EVERY year! I’m really passionate about a proper Christmas dinner. What can I say? I love food!

So, back to the cake. This is another level of fiddly. There are more stages and processes than layers and if I hadn’t roped Kayne into helping me, I wouldn’t have had the time to actually make it. If you don’t have 2 under 3 running around causing chaos, you’ll probably have time to bake this from scratch… or if you’re more organised than I. I really wish that Waitrose had just made this cake available to purchase – ready to go – because it is insanely delicious, insanely rich, insanely beautiful… mmmmm.

It’s oozes with salted caramel and crunchy chestnut praline all sandwiched together with a milky chestnut puree filling. You know, if you only ever make the cake and the chestnut filling itself you would not be disappointed! Infact, I would gladly just indulge in the sponge with a lovely cuppa and some proper Cornish Clotted Cream… Jesus… 

I’m completely struggling to stop myself salivating and drooling everywhere… yummy!

Will I be making this cake again? Maybe… Will it be any time soon? No. Freaking. Way. However, if you’d like to venture into the making of this masterpiece, you can find the recipe here!

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Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.