Thursday, 29 March 2012

Chocolate Genoise with Berries

I was quite excited last week as I bought a new camera, Fujifilm X-Pro 1.
As much as I like my old camera GF1, I think it’s time to upgrade.
I took a few shoots in the front garden, it’s bright & sunny so flowers are blooming.

To celebrate my sister’s birthday, I baked a chocolate genoise filled with layers of berries.
We had an incredible tea time, we had freshly baked scones, hazelnut macaroons with fruity & tangy berry tea.
A great way to enjoy the spring.

Chocolate Genoise (2 x 8” round)
8 eggs
220 g caster sugar
60 g unsalted butter
75 g cocoa powder
220 g plain flour

Preheat oven to 180C & grease two 8” baking pans.
Combine eggs & sugar in a large mixing bowl & sit over a pan of simmering water, beat with electric beater at high speed until hot then remove from heating.
Continue beating for another 8-10 min until pale & fluffy.
Melt the butter until it starts to turn golden (beurre noisette) then with the whisk running add the melted butter.
Sieve in the flour & fold gently into the mixture.
Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 25-30 min or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out on a wire rack to cool.

100 g water
2 tbsp Grand Marnier

Combine all ingredients.
450 g blueberry, raspberry & blackberry (150 g each)
300 g strawberry
300 g whipping cream
50 g 72% chocolate, chopped

Whisk up 250g cream with 1 tbsp of sugar.
Make chocolate ganache by melting the chocolate with 50 g of cream over simmering water.

Carefully slice off the top crust from each cake, cut the sponges in half horizontally to make 4 sponge layers & brush generously with the syrup.
Place the bottom layer on a cake stand & then spread with a layer of whipped cream.
Layer some berries on top, slicing larger ones, sit the second sponge on top.
Cover with cream & berries then sit the final sponge on top, cover with chocolate ganache and berries to decorate.


  1. Beautiful cake! Can't wait for the berries to start in our garden. Congrats to your new camera.

  2. so envy that you have berries in your garden, so nice :D

  3. This is amazing... but everything you make is gorgeous so this is just one of them! You are such an amazing baker... speechless!



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