Caramel and Cinnamon Gateau

Caramel and Cinnamon Gateau

by Tamzin
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Course: Celebrations, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
cooling before decorating: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 722kcal



  • 8 eggs large
  • 6 oz light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 oz dark brown sugar
  • 7 oz plain flour
  • 1 oz cornflour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 1 tsp nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 oz unsalted butter melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 1/4 oz walnuts roughly chopped

For the Italian Meringue Frosting:

  • 9 oz granulated sugar
  • 5 egg whites large
  • 1 lb unsalted butter
  • 1 quantity salted caramel sauce

For the Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 5 1/2 oz granulated sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 fl oz double cream
  • 1/4 oz salted butter softened


For the Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • Melt the sugar over a medium heat until it’s dark brown. Remove from the heat and add the salt and half the cream. It will bubble violently, so take care.
  • Once it has settled, add the rest of the cream and the butter. If you spot lumps, put the mixture back on the heat and stir. Pour into a heatproof jar to cool.

For the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees/180 C. Grease and line three 20 cm-diameter cake tins. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and sugars together. Put the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Take the bowl off the heat and whisk the batter until it forms slowly dissolving ribbons.
  • Mix the flours, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl, then sift a third of it over the eggs and gently fold. Repeat twice more, folding until it’s all just combined. Beat a spoonful of this batter into the melted butter, then fold this back into the remaining batter. Bake in the lined tins for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and, when cool, run a knife around the edge of the cakes and tip onto wire racks.

For the Frosting:

  • Put 160 ml water and the sugar into a pan over a medium heat. Using a sugar thermometer, bring it up to 250 F degrees/120 C. Whisk the egg whites until they peak and once the syrup is ready, carefully pour it into the whites, whisking constantly until the meringue has cooled. With the mixer on medium-high, add the butter, a few pieces at a time, beating until combined. Mix in about two-thirds of the caramel sauce.
  • Assemble the cake by putting one sponge layer onto a serving plate. Drizzle it with a little of the caramel, a third of the chopped walnuts and spread over a large dollop of the icing. Repeat with the second layer, then place the final sponge on top. Cover the sides and top of the cake with the rest of the icing. Decorate with the remaining walnuts and the last drizzle of caramel sauce.


Calories: 722kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 1352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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