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Joconde with Chocolate and Raspberry Entremet by cakecrumbs Joconde with Chocolate and Raspberry Entremet by cakecrumbs
This is the cake I made myself for my birthday. It's been ages since I've played with joconde. [If you don't know what a joconde imprime is, it's basically a very thin layer of sponge that encases a dessert]. This time I wanted to make it less of a uniform pattern and more of a canvas for something arty. I decided to go with something pretty but also animal themed, because of my obvious love of animals.

Choosing what to put inside the cake is always the hardest. Often these cakes will be filled with mousse, but I figured I was probably the only one that would be happy to eat an entire cake made out of chocolate mousse. Instead I had to come up with other layers to pretend like it wasn't just an excuse to eat loads of mousse. 

So. On the bottom there's a layer of chocolate genoise sponge, op top of that there's dark chocolate mousse, and another layer of sponge. To add a textural element I made a chocolate hazelnut crunch layer. It's basically a hazelnut ganache with pailleté feuilletine folded through -- think crunchy gourmet nutella. For the last layer I went with a fresh raspberry mousse to try to contrast all that rich sweetness. To decorate, I covered it with dark chocolate ganache. I piped on a bit of white chocolate, then adorned with fresh raspberries, lavender macarons and little chocolate blossoms shapes. 

So basically it was one giant excuse to fill a cake with a bunch of my favourite things. And I loved every bite of it. 

If you want to make this yourself, or just see and read about the process, you'll find that all at my blog

Here's some other joconde imprimes:

12 Days of Christmas :: 4 Poinsettia Jocondes by cakecrumbs Chocolate Overload by cakecrumbs
Triple Chocolate Ripple Joconde by cakecrumbs Joconde Imprime with Bumble Bee Mousse Entremet by cakecrumbs

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PurpleMochi7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing looking cake o_o 
oxaceann Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen chocolate exsacly like that with the flowery r
Print when I went up to Pismo beach.

Ah what kinda macaroons are on top?
PoppyCake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it is love is art and it is ....wonderful
Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good god, this is beautiful, creative, and scrumptious looking! Very nice work! :noes:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning.  So elegant.
This is the birthday cake you surely deserve.  ;)
XxSmilesmakecaikxX Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
What's the filling inside the macarons?
VanillaSnowflake Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this sounds amazing
MeddlerInc Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy belated birthday? ^_^  And that cake looks delish.
Rebeckington Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
Love it love it love it :)
I really want to make a joconde imprime one day, I'm just afraid it'll be an expensive waste of ingredients!
Sugarwitchlove Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Happy 'late' Birthday :-) , That's looks soooo delicious  xD D'aww Misty Frozen - Olaf's Happy Icon Love 
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