Bruno Albouze Chocolate Royal

Chocolate Royal

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time1 hr 50 minsCook Time18 minsTotal Time2 hrs 8 minsDifficultyAdvancedRating


New Chocolate Royal
Praline Paste
 120 g Almond, crushed
 80 g Hazelnut, crushed
 1 g Salt
 210 g sugar
Crunchy Praline
 150 g Praliné paste
 20 g Milk chocolate
 20 g Cocoa butter
 80 g Feuilletine*
Dacquoise Biscuit
 120 g Egg whites, at room temp
 1 g Cream of tartar, or lemon juice
 100 g Sugar
 60 g Almonds
 60 g Hazelnuts
 60 g Powdered sugar
 20 g Flour
Chocolate For Coating
 150 g Dark chocolate
 20 g Neutral oil
Dark Chocolate Mousse
 190 g Milk
 60 g Egg yolks
 90 g Sugar
 4 g Gelatin
 225 g Chocolate couverture*
 500 g Heavy cream
Chocolate Mirror Glaze
 150 g Water
 300 g Sugar
 300 g Corn syrup, or glucose
 200 g Condensed milk
 20 g Gelatin
 300 g Bittersweet chocolate


Praline Paste

Toast nuts in a hot skillet or in a 375ºF/190ºC preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool. (Remove skin if desired). Meanwhile make caramel a sec (caramel without water). In a hot saucepan stir in powdered sugar over medium high heat and cook until it turns brown but not too dark. Turn off the heat and fold in the toasted nuts. Transfer the caramelized nuts onto a silicon mat and let cool completely. Break into pieces (save some for decoration). While the food processor is running throw in the caramelized nuts pieces and blend for 5 minutes or until it forms a paste. Keep praliné at room temperature. Save 5 ounces (150g) for the praliné crunch and refrigerate leftover for later use. Slightly warm up before reusing.

Crunchy Praline

*Also known as paillete feuilletine, these crepes dentelles crumbs are a great addition to cake making. It can be subbed for crushed corn flakes. Melt milk chocolate and cocoa butter or coconut oil at 105ºF (41ºC). Mix the melted chocolate mixture with the room temp praliné and fold in feuilletine or crushed corn flakes and set aside at room temperature.

Dacquoise Biscuit

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and one third of the sugar, on medium speed. Meanwhile, crush nuts and toast them lightly in the oven and cool. In a food processor, blend the toasted nuts, powdered sugar and flour together until coarse. Set mixer to high speed and beat egg whites into firm peaks adding the remaining sugar gradually. Set oven to 400ºF/200ºC. Stop mixer and fold the nuts-sugar mixture into the meringue. Using a large offset spatula, spread dacquoise mixture onto a greased parchment or silicon mat. Or, pipe out into desired size disks.


Bake at 400ºF/200ºC for about 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely and chill.

Chocolate For Coating (Chablon)

Melt chocolate, and mix in oil. Brush on the surface of the dacquoise (crust side up). Chill to set, and cut into desired portions.

Chocolate Mousse

*For chocolate mousse, the choice of the chocolate is important. The Valrhona Manjari or Guanaja are a good choice. Makes a 9''/22cm diameter x 1.5''/3.75cm high pastry ring or silicon mold. Or, 12 individual pastry ring or silicon molds. Melt chocolate over a water-bath (just melted). Soften gelatin in cold water and drain. Make a creme Anglaise: bring milk to a boil with some of the sugar. Meanwhile, beat yolks and remaining sugar. Pour hot milk into the yolk mixture, whisk thoroughly. Return to stove and cook custard to 185ºF/85ºC on medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Remove from the heat, whisk in the melted gelatin and pass through a sieve over the melted dark chocolate and mix well. Whip heavy cream to soft peaks. When the chocolate mixture reaches 100ºF/38ºC fold in whipped cream. Use immediately.


From large to individual portions, this cake can be built from the bottom to top or using the upside-down method. For the traditional method: place the dacquoise first (chocolate chablon side down). Spread the crunchy praline on the dacquoise evenly without crushing it too much and chill to set. Fill cake with the mousse to the top and smooth out using an offset spatula. Freeze overnight.
For the upside-down method: On a flat platter lined with a large frozen bag (Watch Fraisier Cake Video). Avoid the use of plastic wrap or parchment; it will form small creases. Spoon out the mousse and spread against the sides of the mold. Then sprinkle some crunchy praline over the mousse. Top with the dacquoise (chocolate chablon side up) gently pressing down to even up the surface of the cake. Remove excess mousse and freeze 6 hours prior removing from mold. Place frozen cake on wire rack an hour before glazing.

Chocolate Mirror Glaze

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften; drain. Melt chocolate over a water-bath (just melted). In a saucepan bring water, sugar and corn syrup to a boil and cook to 103º celsius. Turn heat off and mix in the condensed milk along with the gelatin. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and blend without incorporating air. Pass through a fine sieve, tap to remove any air bubbles and refrigerate one night before using. This chocolate mirror glaze can keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator or frozen for months.

Glazing Cake

Place the frozen cake(s) rack over a baking tray lined with plastic wrap to collect the excess glaze. Warm up chocolate mirror glaze to 100ºF/38ºC, tap over the countertop to remove any excess air bubbles. Pour the glaze on the cake starting from the center towards the sides using a ladle. Immediately run a large offset spatula from 12 to 6 o’clock to thin out finish. Place glazed cake in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Chocolate royal can be stored in the refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for weeks.


The chocolate royal can be decorated in many different ways from edible gold leaf to fine chocolate decorations, chocolate pearls, caramelized nuts, fresh raspberries, mint leaves... If served as a plated dessert, the chocolate royal can be paired with sorbet such as blackcurrant, mango, passion fruit, raspberry, apricot etc...

4 thoughts on “Chocolate Royal”

  1. Georgios Klonaris

    Hi Bruno. Thanks for the recipe! Can you please clarify whether some of the ingredients correspond to a larger dose? The total weight of the ingredients exceed 3 kg, which seems excessive for a 9-inch cake. I assumed that I can use half the dosage for the praline paste, dacquoise biscuit, chocolate coating and mirror glaze. It still comes at 2.3 kg, but I assume that this cake is relatively dense.

      1. Georgios Klonaris

        Thank you for the prompt response Bruno! I used the dosage I mentioned in my comment above and it yielded a 23cm diameter by 4cm thick cake. You are right that extra glazing would have made my life easier, but it worked out well with half the dosage. Overall it turned out great. I had a couple of technical issues with the praline. I tried using powdered sugar as you did, but it turned into a grey powder. I was told that often it is not sold pure but rather includes corn starch to help with moisture, so that may have been the issue. I started over with regular sugar and the caramel turned out great. The second issue is that I did not have access to a powerful food processor, so the praline did not turn out as smooth as it should have been. So it hardened a bit when chilled and it was a bit difficult to cut through the cake. But the taste was still great. And not too sweet (some had a second slice without being overwhelmed). Thanks again for these recipes!

        1. Hi Georgios,
          Regarding caramel a sec making process, both sugar work the same.. there is no issues. If it did turn into grey powder is because of your food processor lack of strength. Praliné must be kept room temperature otherwise it will harden for sure. Voila 🌞

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