Saturday, April 25, 2009

Charlotte Bake off

Some fellow bloggers from to have a bake-off. Each person was to select one of the Charlottes from "The Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum and then post about it.

A charlotte is made by lining a mold with a sponge-type cake in varying geometrical shapes and then filling the mold with an airy Bavarian or whipped cream. The nice thing about the charlotte is you can prepare it in advance and refrigerate it up to 3 days with no loss of texture or flavor.

I chose the Chocolate Chip Charlotte because it had an interesting look (well...and it had the least amount of components needed to assemble) All I needed was a Genoise (pronouced JenWAHZ), Chocolate Ganache, and Chocolate Chip Whipped Cream.

A Genoise is a European sponge-type cake containing butter and is leavened by stiffly beaten eggs. The ganache was made with equal amount of chocolate and cream and the Chocolate Chip Whipped Cream was made with heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, ground almonds and chocolate with enough powdered gelatin to stabilize it. I accidentally omitted the almonds. oops

I baked the genoise in a square pan, coated one side of it with half of the ganache then sliced it into thin strips. These strips were then placed in a bowl slightly overlapping each one. Once the bowl was lined with the cake strips, it was filled with the chocolate chip whip cream and refrigerated.

I was very surprised how easy it was. I'd definitely do it again.

To see pictures of the charlottes other made click here

Other blogs on Charlottes:
La Tartine Gourmande Strawberry and Raspberry
Zoe Bakes Chocolate
Happy Home Baking Mango and Peach
Cannelle et Vanille Summer Berry


  1. Tammy, Tammy, Tammy.... you're getting really really good!!! :)

    I'm hoping to get mine done tomorrow afternoon. Hope it looks as good as yours!

  2. LOL. Thanks ButterYum. You are good for my soul. I can't wait to see your Charlotte. I know it'll be perfect.

  3. Oh my, this is GORGEOUS! Was it yummy?

  4. Leslie, it's Lethally Delicious. :-)

  5. Tammy, your charlotte turned out so lovely! And your photos are stunning. Wish I could have been there to help you eat it! -Julie

  6. Tammy, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a note. We have so much in common, the love of Rose, Wilton, the love of baking period. Your Charlotte is beautiful and I do want to taste it! I will visit you again. Where did you take your Wilton classes? When I was a student, my instructor was a member of a Wilton cake club. She invited me to attend a weekend seminar in Santa Barbara where it was cake, cake, cake the entire three days. We had decorators from England teaching fondant methods. It was so exciting and my sweet tooth was totally satisfied! Hope to see more of your wonderful work!