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Duet of black and white cakes

Duet of black and white cakes

Oceana, New York City

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The dessert special for Valentine’s Day is pastry chef Jansen Chan’s interpretation of the Scandinavian princess cake and the British groom’s cake.

The princess cake is traditionally a sponge cake flavored with kirschwasser and topped with custard, whipped cream and marzipan, all formed into a dome and colored green with food dye.

Chan’s version is an almond cake, sliced, staggered and held together with pastry cream. It’s accompanied by a raspberry sorbet on top of a kirsch gelée. It’s garnished with a green ring of spun sugar.

A groom’s cake is generally dark and chocolaty. Chan’s is two cubes of warm devil’s food cake, to which the trained architect gives structure by sliding in a biscotti-like, inch-thick baked chip made from the same dough as the cake.

It is accompanied by white chocolate ganache and a dark chocolate “sorbet” made with milk, cocoa powder, sugar and dark chocolate.

The dessert is garnished with dots of chocolate sauce.

A diagram of the dessert:


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