Chestnut Cream Filling

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My French grandmother always made a chestnut yule log or "buche de Noel au marron" every Christmas. Here is a recipe for the delicious chestnut cream filling. I had trouble finding a recipe for this filling, but I tweaked one until I got it as close as I could. Nothing will ever be as good as Mamie's, but this comes quite close! You can frost the cake of your choice with this cream.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 1/2 cups


  • 25 fresh chestnuts

  • 3 cups powdered sugar, divided

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 7 tablespoons heavy cream, divided

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Score the skin of each chestnut with a sharp paring knife.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add chestnuts and cook for 25 minutes. Drain.

  3. Peel chestnuts while still warm. Transfer to a food processor. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 4 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream; puree until smooth.

  4. Combine remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream, white sugar, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Beat until quite thick, 6 to 7 minutes.

  5. Beat remaining 8 tablespoons butter in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Slowly mix into the egg mixture. Gradually beat remaining 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar into the egg mixture.

  6. Stir chestnut puree into the egg mixture, making sure to blend in well.

Cook's Notes:

Make this filling with 25 to 30 chestnuts.

I recommend using the cake roll recipe of your choice and filling it with this delicious cream, then rolling it up and slathering the top with chocolate frosting. You can make a "bark" design by simply dragging a fork across your log, and baker's marzipan works well to make little mushroom decorations.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1373 Calories
21g Fat
282g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 1373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 282g 103%
Dietary Fiber 46g 164%
Total Sugars 84g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 244mg 1,219%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 2944mg 63%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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