Monday, April 2, 2012

Mint-White Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Book Trailer!


Before I get to the details of this cool minty mousse cake, I'd like to introduce you to someone.


This is my friend, Morgan. She's pretty much my favorite photographer in all the land.


She makes me look cute in pictures.
Trust me -I don't always look cute in pictures. 

I recently asked her if she'd be interested in helping me put together a book trailer. Now, this was no small request and I was afraid she's say no, but she didn't! (You can read her recount of this here). One Saturday last month, she drove from her home in Alabama to my home in Tennessee and we got started.  

It's definitely not the expected book trailer, which is usually presented in an earnest tone and with mentions of accolades -and there's nothing wrong with that!  In fact, that's what we had in mind at first, but my editor (the best editor in all the land, ahem...) asked, "where's the fun?"

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Very lighthearted, very SprinkleBakes. - thank you Morgan!



Morgan is a mint-and-chocolate fanatic, and I felt it only fitting to make something she'd love for this post.  Dark chocolate joconde sponge cake is filled to the brim with mint-white chocolate mousse; a true mint-lover's nirvana!

At the last minute, I decided to use a chocolate transfer sheet that had been languishing in my pantry for months.  I should have used it earlier, as the pattern was a little unstable, but I still really love the results.
Looking for chocolate transfer sheets?  You can find them here.  The striped chocolate cigarettes are made by Dobla, and I found them at World Market.

If you need some how-to's on putting this cake together, see my Crown Jewel Cake tutorial on how to line the pan with joconde.  Also see my Chocolate-Honey Cake for tips on applying the chocolate transfer sheet.



Mint-White Chocolate Mousse Cake
Yield: one 7-inch cake, 6-8 servings                                                                   [click for printable version]

Make the Joconde sheet cake:
1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (unsweet)
4 eggs
1 egg yolk
4 egg whites
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F..
  2. Line an 11.5 x 17-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, all-purpose flour, whole eggs, and egg yolk until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer. When the egg whites are foamy, gradually add the superfine sugar until a white, shiny meringue forms.
  5. With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the meringue into the almond-flour mixture.
  6. Add the melted butter and gently fold again, being careful not to deflate the batter.
  7. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed in the center. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  8. Invert the cake onto a sheet of parchment and carefully peel away the parchment paper. Trim the edges of the cake with a serrated knife. Set aside.
  9. Have ready a 7” springform pan.  Trim edges and cut one long piece of joconde big enough to fit around the inside of the 7" springform pan.  You may have to piece together with a small portion of cake to line the entire circumference of the pan.
  10. Using the bottom of your pan as a guide, cut a circle of cake from the joconde and press it into the bottom of the pan evenly (you may need to trim the circle slightly for it to fit perfectly). Set joconde-lined pan aside. 

Make the white chocolate mint mousse:
If you're not interested in making this entire cake, this mousse recipe can be made and poured into a parchment-lined loaf pan. If you go this route, be sure to thoroughly chill before turning out onto a serving plate; slice into individual servings.  Creme de menthe can be used to taste in place of the mint extract.

1/4 oz. package of powdered gelatin (about 2 tsp.)
2 tbsp cold water
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk, hot - (put in the microwave for 30+ seconds)
8 oz. high quality white chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli white chips)
½-1 tsp mint extract (add to taste)
Few drops of green food coloring
1 1/2 cups whipping cream.
  1.  Place 2 tbsp water in a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over water.  Let stand for 1 minute.  Whisk in egg yolks and sugar; mix well.  Stir in hot milk.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly.  Cook until thickened considerably 7-10 minutes. When done, it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.   Stir in melted chocolate and blend with a whisk until chocolate has melted and even in color (no streaks!).  Let cool.
  2. When mixture has cooled somewhat, stir in mint extract and green food coloring.
  3. Whip cream until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold whipped cream into the cooled chocolate-mint mixture until well blended.
Assembly:
½ cup white chocolate
1 chocolate transfer sheet, your choice of pattern
1 cup prepared whipped cream
Chocolate cigarettes, curls or shavings
  1. Pour as much of the mousse as possible into the joconde lined pan; smooth the top.  (you will have a little mousse and joconde cake left over.  I suggest making a single-serving trifle).
  2. Place mousse cake into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until firm.  Remove from freezer and remove cake from springform pan.  Measure side of joconde cake and cut the chocolate transfer sheet to size.  Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth.  Let chocolate cool slightly, then spread onto the chocolate transfer sheet with an offset spatula in one or two even strokes.  Allow chocolate to harden then peel away the acetate, revealing the patterned chocolate.
  3. Pipe whipped cream in a florettes in the middle of the cake (I used Wilton #133 tip).  Decorate with chocolate cigarettes, curls or shavings.
  4. Serve frozen or allow cake to thaw in the refrigerator and serve cold.  Keep uneaten portion wrapped in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

89 comments:

Blog is the New Black said...

Speechless...

Fashion Meets Food said...

How cute is this cake! xo

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous cake! So pretty.

The video is awesome and both you and your dog look cute.

Cheers,

Rosa

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Aww Heather!! That video is absolutely adorable! Love Biscuit's cake. I can not wait for your book to come out. I'm so excited!! Also, love this mousse cake....could you be any more creative?! Love it!

Clair said...

That is adorable. Super super cute.

And the cake looks amazing, as usual!

Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

That's cute, your friend match the cake ;D

blanca said...

Heather, your site makes me happy. It is my favorite. Your desserts truly are little works of art. Thank you for the joy you bring.
Happy Baking,
Blanca

Cindy said...

amazing! this cakes is so pretty!

Rosie @ Sweetapolita said...

Whoa, I'm in love with this cake! I'm a mint chocolate fanatic, and I love the height of it--I want to dive right in, literally. And, Heather, what an awesome book trailer! SO you is right. I'm so excited for you, and I'm so excited for me, because I can't wait to read it! xo

Juice said...

The cake looks fabulous and so do you.

Emma said...

Cute trailer - I'l have the ba doom doo doo dee doom dee doom music in my head for a while;)

Nicole @ Sweet Peony said...

OMG how cute!! I absolutely adore your book trailer! :) And, I'm in love with this cake! Mint chocolate is my favorite! SO excited for your book to come out... yay!!!

Megan said...

This looks so tasty and, jeez louize, Biscuit! Such a star! I love the book trailer so much. I hope you book tour to the Michigan area! <3

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

You just blow me away...first you compile the perfect recipe and then it turns out looking gorgeous and cuts into perfect little triangles. So talented! I love the book trailer and always enjoy seeing your photographs.

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots said...

What a delicious cake and congratulations on your book! :D

cookies and cups said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the trailer! HOw stinking adorable is Biscuit! Can't wait to get your book!!

Lindsey said...

Love the trailer, it's so cute! Cake recipe also looks delicious. Where did you buy the chocolate straws? What a great decoration!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Love the trailer and you are gorgeous, Heather! Congrats, again, on your book coming to life...this has got to be so exciting for you!

Thyme (Sarah) said...

Oh Sprinkles! Oh, Biscuist! A-dorable. Trying to figure out how you ommited the 'person' in the shots. Showing this to the family...

Susie Jane said...

I love it! I especially love how you go out your front door and end up on your mom's front porch!!!! Biscuit is just too, too creative. Love you!

Rosita Vargas said...

OMG...adoro sus pasteles y tortas como siempre espectaculares ,una gran decoraciĆ³n me encanta,abrazos, hugs,hugs.

Amanda said...

SO EXCITING!!! This cake is gorgeous. The video is beyond fun! The anticipating I am feeling for your book is off the charts! (can only imagine how you feel!) Yay yay yay! Cant wait to stand in an endless line to get mine signed!!! :)

SprinkleBakes said...

It's my front porch Susan. And if you think it's my mom's front porch, then obviously I'm doing something right! She keeps hers immaculate - mine? Not so much.

:)

Sara said...

Wow, this cake just looks so delicious - such great flavors, and such a dramatic color! Yum!

vanillasugarblog said...

wow!
what a great photo of you.
your hair looks FAB!
who did your hair? can they do mine? i have a lot!
look out sports illustrated!
xoxo
(doesn't it feel good to be able to put "my book" at the top of you webpage?)

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

OK first of all your beautiful friend morgan makes you look cute because you ARE SO STINKING CUTE anyway :) and the video is so fun!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

That was by far the cutest video EVER! Biscuit is a star! :)

Kelly said...

Aw love the Biscuit video!!

Kavi @ Lab to Fab! said...

What a great video! Biscuit is too cute :) Also, love your purple and orange dress!

Krissy's Creations said...

That was the cutest video ever! And wow Heather, your hair is gorgeous! Love it! And love this cake :)

Belle Crowley said...

I teared at how adorable it was, beautiful trailer! So cute!

Lora said...

omg the video is FANtastic! So creatine. Totally cracked up at Biscuit turning the book pages. I love mint and want to dive into that gorgeous creamy green heaven. Yum!

Cookbook Queen said...

I am BEYOND in love with the book trailer. It captures you so PERFECTLY, my sweet friend. I cannot WAIT to get your book...it will be treasured until the end of time!!!!!!!!!

Lynna said...

Oh....goodness gracious. this cake looks absolutely AMAZING. AH-MA-ZING!! gorgeous, gorgeous, & YUM. i simply love mint!

Vicki Bensinger said...

Wow this cake is beautiful! It's perfect for Easter!

Becca said...

Omg. This looks absolutely delectable! The color f that mousse is amazing! I love it! And that video- too cute! :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

That video was amazing! I can't wait for your book!!

Sunchowder said...

Brilliant!!! I loved the trailer ;)

Morgan said...

Yum! Finally someone else who has Morgan as a girls name;)

Amy said...

Love that book trailer! I can't wait to get my copy in May :) It will be worth the wait :)

Heather said...

I have never seen anything so sweet in my life. Biscuit must be indeed your biggest fan, mascot, and taste tester. Bravo!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

Beautiful cake and adorable trailer! So happy for you, Heather!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

As always, your recipes are masterpieces. The trailer is awesome! So well done, so clever, and your pup makes me smile. I cannot wait to buy your book. I have to look and see when it comes out. Congratulations! I know the book will be a hit.

Mary said...

Congratulations Heather on your book. What an adorable idea with the trailer and Biscuit. And the recipe - well, right as I finish up the last of my chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies you come up with the perfect treat to take their place.

Treats N Treats said...

WoW! this is fantastic! i'm truly in love the way you make it so tempting :D *thumb up*

thelittleloaf said...

Love love LOVE this cake - mint chocolate is one of my favourite flavours ever and I love that big chunk of bright green mousse. Fab video too :-)

Tesei said...

This looks so good, lovely and delicious... Congratulations and thanks for another gorgeous recipe!

Sara said...

the cutest book trailer I've seen in a long time!

Paula said...

Love the originality in the book trailer! I hope Biscuit gets to accompany you on any upcoming book tours!

This white chocolate mousse cake...amazing!

Taylala said...

Such a beautiful cake. I bet if I tried it would look nothing like that!

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IFeelCook said...

Biscuit is so cute :) Lovely video! This music sounds to me ;P

mw7060a said...

Cool video trailer (cute dog too). Awesome recipes on this site.

cakeboule said...

If the cake was not outstanding enough the book trailer was amazing too - fantastic I can't wait to see the book I just heop they ship to the UK!

Anonymous said...

you're absolutely beautiful! Your princess hair is to die for, not to mention your stunning stunning recipes.

Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

I just spotted this on Pinterest and thought to myself... I will cry if I cannot find the original source. please don't be Tumbler. What a relief when I found it was you! This is one of my favorite masterpieces of all time.

I love the video. Glad Bisquit got his way for the love of pugs! Great job Heather & Morgan too! 3 talented people in this post!

Sue said...

You, Biscuit, and your trailer, could NOT be any cuter!!! CANNOT wait for your book!
This cake is a beauty!

Betty Bake said...

your video is so cute :)
hope you sell loads of copies of your book :)

hugs
Betty Bake x

sweetmaddy said...

Such a cute video!!! And I would love to make this cake, esp in hot weather. :) It looks SO FLAWLESS.

Cluttercafe said...

This is my first time here and I am TOTALLY staying! Your site is beautiful and I don't think you could look anything other than cute. Congratulations on your book. Your video is adorable and this cake looks amazing!

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty said...

Holy moly. That thing is stunning. I'd still have no problem demolishing it though. ;)

sliceofmylyfe said...

what a refreshingly unique idea like your mint white chocolate mousse cake. The trailer is so cute. All my best to you, Heather

marla said...

Love the cake + love you!! How could anyone take a bad photo of you ~ Heather you are gorgeous!! Your blond hair is amazing. This cake is stunning too. Gonna watch the trailer right now!

marla said...

Video ~ AMAZING!!!! OMG: Biscuit bakes too?? You guys are such the team. Can't wait to get your book......soon yes??
Morgan you are such a talent!! xo

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

You made me smile this morning when I watched Biscuit! The head tilt of pugs is the best. Love them!

Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

What a stunningly beautiful cake - not to mention my favorite flavors. Yum!

Zoe said...

The colours are so pretty! I think my sister would love this!
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Anonymous said...

THAT WAS ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and your mousse cake looks SO fluffy and awesome. :)

Jacquee @I Sugar Coat It! said...

Love it all - cake, video...! Can't wait to get my hands on your book!!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Heather! ACK!!! I LOVE your book trailer! Totally, totally unique and fun and adorable!

Shellie said...

I am excited to try this recipe, one question, in the instructions you mention to take the cake out of the oven twice (step 7 and 9) would you be able to clarify that for me? thanks!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Shellie!
Thanks for asking! I omitted the "remove from oven" in step 9. It was a typo.

I hope this helps! Best of luck with the cake.

Pugmama said...

Today was the first time Ive seen any of your recipes, thanks to Pintrest, so I came to your site to get a closer look and fell in love with you right away !!!!!! YOU HAVE A PUG OMG OMG OMG !!!! Im Pugmama !!!! I love those little guys and I have two little girl Pugs. So besides being a great cook, I can tell your also a great person !!! Im looking forward to trying out some of your recipes !!!!

Kiki said...

Is almond flour and almond meal the same thing? Im from Australia, some ingredients are named different things. Thank you

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Kiki - they are the same!

M. said...

Oh, this looks just gorgeous! Question: Do you add the cocoa powder in with the rest of the flours, or at some other time? Thanks! :D

Anonymous said...

For an artist who loves color - your use of B&W for video- thru Biscuit's eyes & inner artist - Verrry clever, my dear! Congratulations!

Cali said...

WooHoo!!! CoNgRaTs on "SprinkleBakes" Heather! I can't wait to see it! Luv the cover! =)

Drea said...

Hi Heather,
I ordered your book and it finally arrived...Its absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to bake my way through it! Your book is definitely a must have!
Andrea Simmons
(an aspiring baker : https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sweet-Hibiscus/202188803189328)

Anonymous said...

bet i could make it without the log papper

Lili said...

Oh Heather I am thoroughly enjoying catching up with all the posts I've missed. I am just blown away with that video and all the creativity that went into it. You and Biscuit are just darling!! xo ~Lili

kirstenkorona said...

Is there a way to make the mousse without gelatin? I really would love to make this cake, but most of my friends are vegetarian and would not be able to eat the gelatin.

Aurelia said...

beautiful mint colour!

Pauline said...

What a beautiful cake especially the mint color mousse. Looks yummy!!

ladymorgiana said...

absolutely impressive

Mania said...

You have a fantastic blog!! Best regards from Greece!!

Janelle ja said...

This look amazing! I have to try this.. Thanks for sharing-) The best!

Anonymous said...

you actually need to sort your priorities out. What are you even doing with your life... you are pathetic.




ps. mint chocolate is delightful.

Anonymous said...

I've known you for mamy years, but am to scared to admit my love for you.. you are a beautiful, beautiful specimen. See you soon gorgeous xxxx

Don't tell my wife xo

Sabri said...

Loved the video!

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