Little Cuties

Without becoming to mushy I want to dedicate this post to husband and daughter. This past week I have been a little, rhymes with, witch (we are a G-rated blog: you know) and they have gone above and beyond family help. I realized as I sat down to write about these deeply rich yummy peitit truffle cakes I needed to express to my very patient family unit how unequivocally and genuinely ashamed I am. So with my heart in hand I deliver not only some delicious baby truffle cakes, but a sincere apology.

I won’t trier you with the embarrassing details, however I am not sure this dedication will be sufficient, but knowing my husband and beautiful daughter  they will graciously accept my apology without hesitation. Yes I know how very lucky I am to have a family who cares for me greatly.

Enough of blubbering in public, onto the truffle genoise. Sydney was the one who takes credit for their name; after sharing one she declared they were to “chocolately” to be considered just a cake. In fact though they might be small they are mighty, in other words they are quite rich.

I had ordered a few flexipats and pans, they arrived last wednesday, and while Sydney and I were looking over the order we started thinking of different pastries that would be perfect for their use. Like a child with a new toy I began to develop recipes around each of the pans. I love working with genoise, sponge, and joconde cakes, therefore the first type of pasty we decided, genoise cakes would be first and of course they needed to be chocolate flavored.

They were quite a good plan

While those little beauties were resting and poising for this photo Sydney whipped up an almond simple syrup using Amaretto di Saronno, YUM! We couldn’t resist having a little Amaretto ourselves.

Here is the Recipe:


28-grams/ 2-Tablespoons clarified beurre noisette

29 grams/ ¼-cup, plus 2 Tablespoons, sifted cocoa powder

62-grams/ 1/3-cup boiling water

1-teaspoon vanilla extract

2-teaspoon instant espresso powder

6 eggs/ about 300 grams

Pinch of salt

150-grams/ ¾ -cup superfine sugar

85-grams/ ¾ -cup, sifted cake flour, sifted 3 times

25-grams/ 1/8-cup cornstarch, optional

Preheat oven to 176ºC. /350ºF. move the rack to the middle or the 2/3 of the oven.

Sift cake flour and cornstarch three times and set aside.

Preheat oven for 20 minutes 350ºF/175ºC

2 6×2-inch cake pans lined with parchment paper.

In a medium saucepan heat butter on medium heat, as foam forms skim it off to clarify the butter. Watch the butter, so it does not burn, and heat till a deep brown color. Immediately strain through a sieve into a heat proof-measuring jug and keep warm.

In a mixing bowl combine cocoa powder, boiling water, instant espresso, and vanilla, stir or whisk well to create a smooth mixture, eliminating all lumps. With a balloon whisk gently fold into egg foam. (Temper the mixture).

Whisk together the eggs, salt and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. Move standing mixer bowl over simmering water continue to whisk eggs and sugar continuously till sugar is no longer grainy and candy thermometer reaches 110º-120ºF/ 40º-50ºC. Remove bowl from heat, place on standing mixer with whisk attachment and beat on high speed till quadruple in volume and ribbons form when lifted. Turn the speed down to medium and continue to whip for a couple more minutes.

Remove ½ -cup of egg foam temper it to cocoa mixture by whisking. Gentle fold cocoa egg mixture back into batter.

Sift 1/3 of flour to the foam using a rubber spatula and fold very gently, but thoroughly. When the color of the batter is just about uniform, fold the rest of flour, retaining as much of the beautiful foam as possible. Spoon about 1 cup of the batter into warm clarified beurre noisette and fold until well blended. Spoon this beurre noisette mixture over the batter and fold in gently just till incorporated.

Pour immediately into prepared pans, as I stated I used a flexipan, but little muffin tins would work. Place on a sheet pan (swing the pan in “Frisbee jerk motion around the counter top, this will prevent a dome from forming) and bake until cakes spring back when touched in the centre. After playing and baking with the flexipans I have discovered they cook faster. This petit cakes cooked in 15 minutes.

Amaretto Sugar Syrup:

119 grams/ ½-cup water

100 grams/ ½ -cup sugar

55 grams/¼-cup Amaretto

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a heavy bottom saucepan; cook till the sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup into a glass-measuring jug and add Amaretto. Brush each layer of the cake with the Amaretto syrup.

Chocolate Mirror Glaze:

59 grams/ 1/4 -cup water, ice cold

6 grams/ 3 sheet gold gelatin sheets or 1¾ -teaspoon powder gelatin

133 grams 2/3-cup superfine sugar

79 grams/ 1/3 cup water, room temperature

22 grams 3-teaspoons  light corn syrup

6o grams/ ¾-cup, plus 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1-teaspoon cocoa powder

1/8-cup heavy cream, optional

Soften the gelatin in cold water while you prepare your mise en place.

In a small heavy bottom pan add water and sugar. Swirl till completely dissolved (this is a simple syrup) remove or turn heat off, whisk in corn syrup, cocoa powder, and cocoa powder until smooth, make sure to reach the corners of the pan.

The mixture should be glossy and completely dissolved.

Turn the heat on medium, if chosen add warm cream and cook an additional minute after brought to a light boil.

Pour the glaze  into a measuring jug and whisk for about ½ a minute . Add gelatin to the chocolate mixture. Whisk well, if your using the gelatin sheets ring the excess water out of the sheets prior to placing in the chocolate glaze.

Let cool while checking the texture regularly. As soon as the mixture coats a spoon well use immediately. Pour directly over each individual cake, by placing the cakes on a cooling rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pour the run off chocolate glaze that has collected on the paper back into the measuring jug, and continue to pour over the cake till they are completely covered.

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