Strawberry and Chocolate Mousse Ladyfinger Cake
Some cakes are impossible to make without a cake ring or springform pan because the liquid filling needs to be held in place while it sets. Unlike springform pans, which have a base that holds the cake even after the sides of the springform pan are taken off cake rings are just rings. To support the cake and seal it in the ring, you need to cut out a circle of cardboard that fits snugly into the bottom of the ring. It is also a good idea to line the ring with plastic wrap before you put in the cardboard to keep the filling from seeping out around the cardboard. If you're making a cake with an unusual size like the one here, you'll probably need to use a ring - rings come in all sizes - but springform pans are available for most of the more common cake sizes. To finish this cake, you need two 12-inch strips of ladyfingers. The ladyfingers should be about 1/2 inch longer than your cake ring is high. You will also need at least one thin cake layer - you can use as many as you like but here I use one - as the base for the cake. It is convenient to make biscuit batter and use it to pipe out the ladyfingers and a disk for the cake.
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1 inch biscuit cake disk 6 1/2 by 1/2
2 strips ladyfingers (each 3 by 12 inches)
1 cup simple syrup (flavored with Armagnac, Cognac, kirsch, or rum) (optional)
3 3/4 cups white chocolate mousse
10 strawberries (or 8 large) (stemmed)
1 tablespoon strawberry glaze (or strawberry preserves) (optional)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount per Serving
- Total Fat: 253.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 141.7 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 2171.4 mg
- Sodium: 963.2 mg
- Total Carbs: 413 g
- Dietary Fiber: 18.9 g
- Sugars: 230.3 g
- Protein: 71.4 g
You can make this cake in a standard 9-inch size. The cake shown here is small and elegant, but its unusual size requires a 6 1/2-inch ring and an odd amount of mousse - 1 1/2 recipes. To make the cake in a standard 9-inch size, make a double recipe of biscuit batter and use half to pipe a 9-inch disk and the other half to pipe two 18-inch-long strips of ladyfingers for the sides. Use a triple recipe of white chocolate mousse and about double the other ingredients.