chocolate and bergamot mousse cake - entremets

Week (15) of cakes! And what’s an entremets?

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Cake news and fun

It’s been fun this last week making le Gateau Moka and spelt croissants, which have both been thoroughly tested by myself, climbers and a trusty friend – seals of approval all around and no weight gain at all!  Ahem.  A nice little venture into the world of French patisserie and a voyage to the past for the Moka.week 15

Then another friend who works in forestry requested a cake for her work leaving do: an M&M’s themed one!  I restrained an impulse to run away, steeled myself for decorating (nooooo…!) and transformed a chic French Chocolate and Bergamot entremet into a cheerful cake with a slight childlike quality.  My friend liked it that way, turning down a posher alternative in favour of the nice colourful M&M’s border! 🙂

She was also very sweet about a slight accident I had which smashed a little part at the back, now cemented up with spare ganache!  I delivered the cake this afternoon and am wondering a little nervously how it was received.  Could put the recipe up for you one day if you like!

Since I couldn’t actually eat the mousse cake (sob) I started on my tres leches challenge cake this afternoon with a ‘lighter’ version.  Which is top secret of course until our ‘official’ tres leches challenge post this Thursday 14th.  Don’t worry, if you’re having a really nutty week you can bring your cake a bit late or at the weekend.

A tres leches cake in the making!

What’s an entremets?

You might have noticed I was casually bandying the word ‘entremets’ around earlier.  I’ve always been slightly mystified by what it means ‘exactly’ so I did a little research.  Nowadays an entremets for modern pastry chefs is a multi-layered mousse-based cake with various complementary flavors and varying contrasts of texture.  Have a look at a slice of Chocolate and Bergamot entremets made last year.  There’s a couple of sponge layers studded with pistachios and hazelnuts hiding in there somewhere!But in the past it was a small dish or dessert served between courses, which explains the entre, French for ‘between’.  During the middle ages it even evolved into just being entertainment between courses!  So if I were to sing a song for you between the salad and cheese courses, I would actually be offering you an entremets!  And also a headache.

Hmm, so after eating our mousse cake for dessert we should have another starter or main course, shouldn’t we?  To make it an entremets as opposed to an apresmets (après being French for ‘after’).  And generally we’d have to eat more….?  🙂

Chocolate and Bergamot cake

Slice of entremets anyone or a little song? 🙂

I shall leave you with those food musings and bid you a fond farewell sweet reader.  Lovely to see you again!  May you always have some handy nibbles, cake or an amusing minstrel to keep you going between courses!  And have a great week baking or doing other stuff! 🙂

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Making cakes with my French mother on Sundays was an important part of my childhood. As an adult I then experimented with baking books and internet recipes and did a great patisserie course in Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I'm still trying out new recipes and creating some of my own cakes with influences from all around the world, adding some healthy ones to the repertoire. Yes, I love cakes!!! :)

13 thoughts on “Week (15) of cakes! And what’s an entremets?”

  1. Lili, we have to talk. . .
    All this cake making stuff, I can’t keep up let alone try out another recipe!
    Do you ever sleep?!?!?!?!?!?
    You have my undying admiration for the sacrifices that you must make for your passion for cake!
    Dookes 🙂

    PS Don’t stop!

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    • Thanks for the lovely comments Dookes! Yes, it’s a hard life making cakes constantly… hee hee 🙂 It’s my ‘cake year’ – next year there’ll be more ‘real work’ getting in the way.
      You and Mrs Dookes are probably my number one star cake makers of things on the blog, so please don’t stop either!! 🙂
      Lili
      P.S. Hope you’re enjoying France!

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    • Thank you Quinn! Yes, I was surprised M&M’s could look so nice! 🙂 It’s the tres leches challenge – click on the link to see the challenge proposal. Am putting up the challenge post today, but there’s an extension so if you’d like to join you have the weekend too! 🙂

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    • Yes, Marianne… my singing is definitely not good! 🙂 Thank you for the sweet comments about my funny M&M’s tree – I’m very happy you like it! 🙂

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  2. Thank you Lili for stopping by and liking. Entremet!! Hmmmm that’s my new favourite word. Fantastic cake,loved the look too. If you want to sing between courses for me, I am willing to risk a headache in exchange for that cake (lol!)!! .will surely pop by again and take a thorough look. Love ….. 🙂

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    • You’re very welcome – I enjoyed reading your Lamingtons post and look forward to seeing more of your recipes too! 🙂 Glad you like the entremet and sophisticated M&M’s decor… No worries, I can offer you cake with or without singing!!! 🙂 See you again soon here or over at yours! 🙂 x

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