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Marquise au Chocolat | TWD |Baking Chez Moi

Baking Chez Moi and Caramelizelife make Chocolate Mousse Cake

Last week I left the grocery store with a stack of thin chocolate bars, for the Marquise recipe, and they felt like what I image little gold bars to be. While prepping for the desert each time I peel open the shiny foil wrapper of the chocolate bar, I fell back into the excitement I felt as kid, reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”
Ronald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factor 

 This time the excitement for me was trying a new recipe and hoping for the chance that it turns out because I’ve gone and decided to make a new recipe for a special birthday dinner, and I don’t have a back up in the freezer! So, I do believe in luck when executed correctly ;0)  And thank goodness Dorie Greenspan writes beautiful recipes that will make me look like a rock star on the first try.

A frozen chocolate birthday mousse

“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories”. ~Buddy Valastro

Making this cake was a snap. It has six ingredients; butter, bittersweet chocolate, fresh room temp eggs, sugar, fleur de sel and cold heavy cream. For a chocolate lover one can’t go wrong with this combination and for those of us who enjoy baking or in this case freezing, because you don’t bake this cake, folding the whipped egg and cream mixture into the chocolate creates a decadent marbled effect that makes me smile.

Chicken had shot

Happy Chicken

There was some chatter of concern on the Tuesdays with Dorie site by fellow Dorista’s about the use of room temperature eggs and making a cake that has raw eggs in it. Dorie makes a highlighted note in her recipe to use” very fresh eggs, preferably organic and/or from a trusted local source.”  We were lucky here, since our local source lives in the hen house out back and is named Clucky. Along with her friends they provided the four eggs I needed for my Marquise au Chocolat, bright and early the morning of my cake making. That’s as fresh as you get. Coop to Cake!

Backyard chicken eggs fresh today

From clucky with love

However, if you are pregnant, a young child, have a compromised immune system or if you are concerned about eating anything with raw eggs, you can still make this recipe by using pasteurized eggs or bringing the eggs to 160º. Do this while mixing the eggs to keep from scrambling, in a heat proof bowl over simmering water. Another idea I saw that Peggy from Pantry Revisited substituted greek yogurt for the eggs and was happy with the results.

Chicken tucked into bed

not all hens have a clean coop like clucky

Once you’ve made your decision on which way to proceed with the egg choice it’s as simple as mixing and pouring everything into a loaf pan to freeze. While the cake was freezing I searched for a fun topping option. Dorie made me laugh with her side column “Bonne Idée” where one line reads “Crack Chocolate Sauce” as a good idea to drizzle over the marquise. It’s the way the type was set and those three words stand out as one line but of course the real name of the sauce is Hard-Crack Chocolate Sauce. Think ice cream sundae chocolate sauce that goes from liquid to solid once poured atop a bowl of ice cream. This is exactly the sauce I had to make, mainly because the name, it must be that good!

 

coconut oil in a glass dish for Hard Crack Chocolate Sauce

coconut oil + chocolate = happiness

Again her recipe for the sauce was straight forward and easy. With two ingredients; bittersweet chocolate and coconut oil mixed and melted together in a heat proof bowl then poured over the marquise. The cake, just went from two stars of decadence to four. Add a bit of Whipped Cream to top it off  and I confirm it was that good!

No bake Chocolate Cake

It’s all about the cake…

 

This rich no bake chocolate cake can be made ahead of time, kept in the freezer and pulled out ready for serving. Or it can be made in individual ramekins and dressed up with fresh berries. There are so many creative ideas to tweak this chocolate cake that I’ll need to make it again and again to test them out. I’m sure my family won’t complain.

 

 

 

From our kitchen to yours!

Head Shot Rachelle Rachelle @ Caramelize Life
Making Life a Little Sweeter through Food, Travel and Community

30 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love Clucky! And I agree….coconut oil and chocolate does equal happiness! 😀

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    February 10, 2015
    • Upsidediy, Clucky was named by my daughter who loves her chickens. Each has a name that reflects their personality. Happy day to you!

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      February 11, 2015
      • I used to be owned by a couple dozen chickens. I do miss them and miss having the fresh eggs. Where I am now I can’t have chickens which boggles my mind since I have over an acre!

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        February 13, 2015
  2. amy #

    What a perfect birthday cake. I would love to have a “Clucky” as my own in our backyard, but can’t seem to convince my husband. I have been petitioning for a couple years. One of these days I’m going to convince him.

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    February 10, 2015
    • Hi Amy, thank you! Yes, my husband is not excited about the chickens but he’s out numbered in a house of three ladies ;0) and well my youngest loves her hens. She’s found out that chickens fit in American Girl clothes and furniture! Cheers to you :0)

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      February 11, 2015
  3. It looks so wonderful dressed up in those birthday candles! Lovely photo. I like the chicken photos as well. 🙂 You know, I didn’t even think twice about that raw egg business as my guys have licked enough batter spatulas and eaten enough raw cookie dough throughout the years that I figured it was about the same thing. C’est la vie! 🙂

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    February 10, 2015
    • Hello Kayte, thank you very much. Yes, I didn’t think much about it either until I checked in on the Chatter and then had to consider why eggs would be dangerous etc. I realized that our coop is clean, our hens are free to roam about and we collect the eggs daily and they are clean with their protective coating in tact. So, I went with it. :0)

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      February 11, 2015
  4. Clucky looks like a very lucky chicken to me! It’s pretty nice to have wonderful fresh eggs daily! My daughter has chickens. I really enjoyed your post, Rachelle! And your mousse looks fabulous!

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    February 11, 2015
    • Hi Kathy, yes Clucky and her friends are living the good life ;0). Some of them are just enjoying retirement while others are working hard to make sure we have enough eggs for our sweet treats ;0) Thank you!

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      February 11, 2015
  5. It looks beautiful! An excellent choice for a birthday cake. I’ve seen that hard crack sauce in a few posts now – I’m going to have to give it try.

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    February 11, 2015
    • Thank you Zosia! Yes, I am so happy it turned out as it did and my daughter loved it so it was a win win in our house. You won’t regret the sauce, it’s divine.
      Cheers!

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      February 11, 2015
  6. I totally laughed at the line that your local source lives in the hen house and is named Clucky. Perfect name! I think knowing your eggs came from the freshest possibly source must make the marquis taste better. And your cake looks great!

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    February 11, 2015
    • Hi Margaret, I will share your comment with my daughter, who named all our chickens. She tends to choose names that reflect their personalities :). The rooster’s name is Piggy! But he is kind and doesn’t mind his nails to be painted pink. Yes, the cake was delicious and we were happy to have that piece of mind. Thank you!
      All the best to you :0)

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      February 11, 2015
  7. Looks amazing and I love that shot of Clucky.

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    February 11, 2015
    • Hi Henri P, thank you! My daughter found out that her hens are the same size at her american girl dolls clothes and furniture. So, our hens are accustomed to being dressed and loved!

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      February 11, 2015
  8. scottprice333328890 #

    This was a fun chocolate dessert to make and lucky you to have such ultra fresh eggs 😉

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    February 11, 2015
  9. scottprice333328890 #

    I’m so happy Iwas able to comment above, from Patty Patty’s Food

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    February 11, 2015
  10. I love the quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, great book and movie. We enjoyed this one too and it is great for entertaining. Glad it was a hit for you too.

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    February 11, 2015
    • Diane every time I open a bar of chocolate that has that foil around it, I imagine that’s what it must have felt like being Charlie. It just pops into my mind :0) I guess I liked the book as a kid! Agreed, this will be one I make and have on hand in the freezer as a back up for impromptu dinner parties.

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      February 12, 2015
  11. Love the birthday marquis! Your chicken is totally adorable. Mine would never allow such close and cute pics.

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    February 12, 2015
    • Goldenlifephx, clucky has been loved up so much by my girls that she is often dressed in doll clothes or sewn capes by my youngest. Our rooster is kind and yet effective in protecting our hens…even with pink painted nails ;0)

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      February 12, 2015
  12. Beautiful birthday cake, Rachel!! Love the photo of Clucky. 🙂

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    February 12, 2015
  13. Such a marvelous birthday dessert! And I love your crack and whipped cream toppings 🙂

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    February 12, 2015
    • Hi Liz, thank you so much, everyone loved it and so glad to make it for such a special occasion. My youngest won’t pass up a time to make whipped cream when given a chance.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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      March 22, 2015
  14. Lovely cake with the candles! I envy your fresh eggs! Wish I had a Cluck at my house:)

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    February 12, 2015
    • Hi Guyla, thank you! Oh, don’t get to green with envy, my husband would be the first to point out those farm fresh eggs come with a healthy dose of cold wintery mornings of slinging water buckets through the snow and ice as well as Spring coop cleaning chores ;0) so the idea of it is always much more lovely than the real deal. Unless of course you are a softy for animals and such as I am then it’s all worth it.

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      March 22, 2015
  15. coop to cake–I love that! lucky you. looks delicious, and am wishing I’d made the crack sauce, too.

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    February 15, 2015

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