Monday, April 29, 2013

Mango Temptation

I was working on the Chantilly Chocolat when I decided to experiment with something new. Inspired from many of the cookbooks I have, I decided to do a mousse-type cake combined with a soft fluffy sponge and a tangy mango topping. So with some experimentation, I present to you my Mango Temptation

This cake is so much fun to bake and of course, being the mango addict I am, how am I to pass up on a lovely cake like this? 

This takes about 2 hours to bake and assemble, excluding time for the mango topping to set towards the end. I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5. 

Mango Temptation Recipe
This recipe yields 4 square cakes of width 8.5 cm
The baking tin used was 18cm in width

3 eggs at room temperature (55 - 60g)
75g castor sugar (fine sugar works as well too)
75g unsalted butter
75g cake flour (plain flour works as well too)

240g non-dairy whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
240g fresh mango puree
12g gelatin powder 
3 tbsp water

125g fresh mango puree
125g water
1/2 tsp gelatin
1/2 tsp agar agar powder (white)
30g castor/fine sugar

1 mango

1 kaffa lime
2 tsp sprinkles (I used pink ones)


Preheat oven to 160 degree Celsius. Sift the cocoa powder and flour.

Grease and line your baking tin. 

(This is for round tins but the method is similar)

Melt the butter either over a double boiler or in the microwave oven for about a minute on medium heat.

Add the eggs to the sugar. Whisk on high till mixture gets all thick with tracks. It should be about 3-4 times it's original volume.

This is how I tilt my bowl to allow it to mix better and faster.

This mixture is ready! 

Alternately fold in the melted butter and flour mixture 1/3 at a time till both mixtures run out. 

Pour into baking tin and lightly drop from a low height to release some of the larger air bubbles in the batter. Bake for about 25 - 35 minutes or till' toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. 

Remove cake from oven and remove from baking tin immediately. Allow cake to cool completely in an air tight container or cake caddy to prevent loss of moisture.

Blend the fresh mangoes. You may choose to use store-bought mango puree but the real deal is really the best.

Blended! (: 

Always love a fresh bowl of mango puree!

To the water, add the gelatin powder. You may double boil it till it is all dissolved. Alternatively, heat it up in the microwave oven on medium heat in 20 second intervals till' mixture is all dissolved.

You should get a mixture like this. Allow it to cool down while you whip up the whipping cream.

To the whipping cream, add the vanilla bean paste. The beauty in this Chantilly cream is the vanilla bean paste used to give it it's good flavour. It will be good if vanilla bean paste is used but if not, vanilla essence or vanilla extract may be used but it will not taste as good as if you were to use vanilla bean paste.

Whisk till' stiff peaks. Here's the vanilla bean paste that I love.

To the whipping cream, add the mango puree and the gelatin mixture.

Mix well using a spatula.

Trim off the upper layer of the cake as this layer tends to make the cake dry.

Top removed!

Arrange the square moulds/cake rings on top of the cake. The cake size bakes 4 perfect square. 

Using a small knife, gently gauge the lines where the cake rings/moulds are and cut the cake to fit the mould.

Cube up the mango into really tiny cubes. This is how small your cubes should be in comparison to the white teaspoon. 

Prepare a sugar solution of 1 part hot/boiling water to 1 part castor/fine sugar and mix well to allow sugar to dissolve. Have the sugar solution in a spray mist bottle. 

*NOTE: The following steps are for a round cake but the steps are exactly the same for the square cake.

Slice the cake into 2 layers.

Trim off 1 cm from 2 sides of the square. This illustration will help you better understand how much to trim:

The blue part is the portion that we will be using. You may nibble the parts cut out or keep them for cake pops!

You should have some space like this at the side of your cake. Spray a small even amount of the sugar solution on the cake.

Pipe some mango mousse that you have prepared into the space beside the cake. Then, pipe some on top of the cake.

Scoop some mango cubes onto the space on top of the cake. Pipe some mango mousse next to it like a barrier.

Top with some more mousse.

Place the second layer of cake onto the mousse and press down. Spray a small even amount of sugar solution on the cake. 

Pipe an even layer of whipping cream on top of the cake.

Smooth it out with a teaspoon. Leave in fridge to chill for 15 minutes. Leave at least 1/2cm of space from the top for your mango topping.

In a bowl, add the water, agar agar powder and gelatin into the water. Heat up mixture in the microwave oven on medium heat for 2 minutes using 30 second intervals or until agar agar powder and gelatin is dissolved, stirring it between intervals.

Add the fresh mango puree and heat up for another 2 minutes using 30 second intervals.

You should get a mixture like this. If you do not wish to use the microwave oven, you may double boil this. 

Pass the mixture through a fine sieve.

You should get little mango remnants like this. This step is optional but I prefer to do this as the mango topping will be smoother. 

You should have a mixture like this!

Clean up the sides of the cake ring/mould if there is mango mousse on it. 

Pour the mango topping onto the mango mousse and allow it to set in the fridge for 30 minutes to achieve the fluid-like texture I have in the image. Else, you may let it set for 2 hours to have a firmer top. 

Use the back of a small paring knife to run down the sides of the cake mould to remove the cake. 
Grate the laffa lime's peel to use as garnish. Top with some sprinkles.

So, this cake maybe a little bit of a hassle but it's so pretty isnt it? Enjoy baking this for your loved ones! (: The combination of chocolate sponge cake and mango mousse topped with mango topping is simply divine! 

I'd love to see the bakes or stuff you've cooked using the blog's recipe! Do share photos of stuff you've baked or cooked using the blog's recipe with me either via FB message to OR OR via email at! I look forward to hearing from you! (: 

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