After impressing us last year with her rose window cake in tribute to Notre-Dame, Nina Métayer returns with a magnificent 2021 Epiphany Cake. Called Renaissance – French for rebirth – this cake celebrates the tree of life, universal symbol of renewal. For Nina, the loss of a tree dear to her, a two-century-old chestnut tree in her garden, and the birth of her second daughter, Adèle.
This cake is such a symbol. It embodies history and the future. A symbol also seen on the cake: a tree of life made by a 3D-printer.
So, to pay tribute to her chestnut tree (many other trees have bene planted to succeed it), Nina Métayer has decided to work with toasted and roasted chestnuts. For the filling, she worked with chestnut paste and cream toasted 30 minutes in the oven. At the end of the day, it has a nice subtle taste, but does not take the whole traditional cake. Careful, this is no Mont-Blanc, this is an Epiphany cake, very traditional with almond frangipane flavored with very round chestnut.
For the puff pastry, Nina used DPO Charentes-Poitou butter, the butter from her childhood enabling a nice crumb. This is here an inverted puff pastry made in three double turns. The dough is made of T80 einkorn wheat flour, a rustic flour low in gluten and high in fibers that has the distinctive feature to absorb humidity and give this cake a nice softness for three days and a very crumbly pastry as Nina likes it.
And to get it, you will have to go on line. As a matter of fact, the cake is on sale in Paris and its inner suburbs from November. Allow €29 the cake, without delivery fees changing depending on your location.