Delicious & Easy Chestnut cake

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Chestnut cake or Ardéchois as we call it in French is an amazing recipe that will surprise your guests.  It is easy and uses canned chestnut puree, if you don’t have any, add it to your shopping list as soon as possible. This is your must-try Fall recipe!

This delicious cake is moist, an airy texture and has a buttery nutty taste… Only a few steps with simple ingredients to enhance an amazing Fall flavour.

Chestnut cake cut in squares, one bite in one square.

Where Is It From?

Although, there are a few different versions around the world: Japanese, Hungarian or Italian, this one is my French version I have been making for about at least 20  years*

And I am sharing it just now? Why?!  I know. And, I am sorry, you’ll be even madder at me after you tried it.  Mélanie, why are you giving it just now?  I am sorry.

The French Chestnut Cake is originally from France and also called Ardéchois. The name comes the region it originate from l’Ardéche in Southern France.

*Oh, I started baking young… Just in case you started crunching numbers to guess my age. Don’t! ***insert smile emoji***

Stack of 3 squares of Chestnut cake

How To Bake A Chestnut Cake

The steps to obtain this soft cake are quiet simple and if you wish to involve the kids in the kitchen, this is a great recipe to do it.

Pre-heat your oven while you are preparing the cake.

First, in a bowl, mix well all the wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, chestnut spread/puree and the milk.

Then, add the baking powder and progressively, the flour.

Place some parchment paper or grease an oven-proof dish, pour the preparation, and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until your knife comes our dry.

Allow to cool down to take it off the mold and enjoy!

NOTE: I do not add any sugar to this recipe as the chestnut spread is sweet enough already.

How Long Can I Store The Cake?

I would say 4-5 days in an air-tight container at room temperature. Truth be told, I never had to store it that long!

Where Do You Find Chestnut Spread?

I might not have seen it in every single supermarket I go to but it is quite common in the aisle of jams and chocolate spread.  

In Toronto, Canada, I have seen it in Metro, some Superstore or Loblaw and Adonis. Alternatively, you can get it on Amazon, the Clement Faugier brand is the one I get. (affiliate link)

Where are you in the world? I can add where you have found some!

Chestnut cake

Chestnut cake is an amazing Fall recipe that will surprise your guests. It is easy and uses canned chestnut puree.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cake, chestnut, chestnut spread, easy
Servings: 12 squares
Author: Mélanie


  • Portions: 1 cake of 9 x 9


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup chestnut spread
  • 20 cl milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • In a bowl, put the wet ingredients: eggs, butter previously melted, the chestnut spread and milk. Mix well.
  • Add progressively the flour and the baking powder, mix until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture in an oven dish,previously buttered if necessary.
  • Bake in the oven at 385F for 30 minutes or when the tip of your knife comes out dry when you pick your cake.


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