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10Oct/10

Paint With Chocolate; Sculpt With Orange.

I made it! Challenge four! Thank you so much to my loyal readers and new friends who took the time to vote for me. I appreciate all your support and words of encouragement.

“Sure, you can take a pretty picture. But your task here is to go above and beyond and use photography to create a step-by-step, instructional photo tutorial. It could be anything from how to bone a chicken to how to make your favorite recipe, but your photos need to guide the reader through the steps. For this challenge, you'll want to go well beyond the 2 photo minimum with at least 6 photographs.”


More often than not food blogs are salt and peppered by impossible yet beautiful photographs. Fantastically layered slices of cake. Intricately detailed lattice pie crust. Perfectly frosted cupcakes. Food bloggers present their subjects in such a way that they transcend food and transform into art.

Edible art.

Like any art form it can be broken down into steps and taught. As an artist I've always believed that art is both a talent and a skill. Those that aren't born with the ability can learn it.

Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Leonardo da Vinci. Helene Dujardin (Tartelette), Heather Baird (Sprinkle Bakes), and Hannah Queen (Honey & Jam). All artists with different styles and subjects.

For those of you who bitterly complain that you can't draw a straight line or sculpt mashed potatoes I give you this tutorial. Follow these step-by-step photos to create your own masterpiece.






Chocolate Génoise Orange Mousse Cake

Source: Adapted from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum's Moist Chocolate Génoise.

8 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup water, boiling
8 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup cake flour (or substitute)

1 cup whipping cream
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup orange zest, finely grated
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp unflavoured gelatin

1 ounce semisweet chocolate



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To Make the Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Butter and flour a 9 inch spring form pan and set it aside.





























In a small heavy sauce pan combine the chopped chocolate and water then bring it to a slow boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove it from the heat once it thickens to a pudding consistency and stirring leaves temporary lines in the surface. Set it aside and let it cool to room temperature.


In a large bowl with an electric mixer and the whisk attachment beat the eggs and sugar until they triple in volume. Gently but quickly fold in the cake flour half at a time until it's just incorporated. Next fold in the cooled chocolate mixture.





























Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan and bake it for 30 – 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. The top of the cake will rise while baking then lower slightly when it's done and feel springy to the touch. The sides will also shrink as they pull away from the pan.


Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow it to sit for 10 – 15 minutes before releasing the cake from the spring form to cool completely.

Once the cake has cooled level it off with a cake leveller or a long serrated knife then place it on your cake plate. Wrap a ring of parchment paper snugly around it and tape the ends together to create a vessel to pour the mousse into.





























To Make the Mousse:

In a large bowl with an electric mixer whip the cream until soft peaks form. Put it in the refrigerator to chill and use when you're ready.

In a small sauce pan on medium heat combine the orange juice, zest and sugar. Stir it until the sugar dissolves then mix in the gelatin and remove it from the heat. Let it sit for 5 minutes then fold in the chilled whipped cream.

Pour the mousse on top of the Chocolate Génoise with the prepared parchment paper edge. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator 2 - 3 hours until the top is set and no longer shiny.

Carefully remove the tape and peel off the parchment paper to reveal the mousse.





























To Make the Chocolate Filigree:

On a piece of paper sketch out your desired design for the filigree. It doesn't have to be overly fancy. Even the simplest design is impressive when drawn in chocolate on cake.

In a small bowl melt the reserved ounce of bittersweet chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir it up with a spoon until it's all melted and smooth. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a tiny round tip with the chocolate.

With a steady hand pipe the chocolate onto the set mousse in quick even strokes. It's ok if it doesn't quite turn out like you wanted. With a little improvisation you can turn mistakes into perfection. Then stand back and admire your masterpiece of edible art. Enjoy!








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  1. Oh so pretty. Makes me want to put chocolate filigree on *everything* :)

  2. Your cake is a work of art! I love your flavor choice too. You have my vote!

  3. A beautiful masterpiece! Almost too pretty to eat – but I bet it was scrumptious!

  4. Beautiful! Love the flavor combo (one of my faves) and the cake is truly a work of art. You are incredibly talented. You’ve got my vote! Good luck! :)

  5. I voted for you! That’s not just because of the whole ‘I love you with all my heart’ thing either. The cake is amazing and the tutorial is great! Good job honey, you never cease to amaze me! :)

  6. Excellent post – you got my vote for this! Good luck :) Feel free to hop over to leave a comment :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

  7. I love, love the Cake Bible every recipe is a guaranteed success ! Thanks for sharing a tip on decorating, we so often forget that the first sense that people use are their eyes.

  8. Wow how beautiful is that?! I love the pictures, they’re absolutely amazing and delicious looking! I already voted for you. Good luck!!! :)

  9. This is a amazing recipe, great mix between orange and chocolate flavors & great finishing with painting, I can’t wait to try this cake really, thanks so much for the delicious recipe & wish you good luck :)

  10. Beautiful! Lovely lovely post. Cheers girl, you got my vote :)

  11. What a beautifully decorated cake, I love it! Voted and good luck :-)

  12. Enjoyed your post! I am passing on a vote:)

  13. I cant remember if I commented here already, but just wanted to say again how beautiful your cake is Lindsey! And, I really really love that you drew out a little diagram of what you wanted your piping for the top to look like. Definitely something I would do too. :) Fantastic job! Finally voted!

  14. aww really pretty! I love mousse cake!

    Tip: You can put the cake back into the CLEANED springform pan and pour the mousse on top…then carefully open the sides up when it sets! :D Thats what I do for my mousse cakes anyway :)

    P.S. I voted for you! ;) Good luck!

  15. Just amazing…Gorgeous post and entry :)

  16. Congratulations on another winning post! Can’t wait to see your entry for round 5 of Project Food Blog!

    XX00
    Mom
    (very puffed up and proud)

  17. Beautiful filigree! I haven’t tried anything like this yet but with cheesecakes in my cooking future this is a great tutorial for it. Thank you
    PS. Love you picture captions. :D they made me giggle.


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