Bruno Albouze Valentine's Cake

Chocolate Passion Fruit Heart Cake

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time1 hr 55 minsDifficultyIntermediateRating


Sugar Dough
 100 g Butter
 2 g Salt
 70 g Powdered sugar
 30 g Almond meal
 50 g Eggs (1)
 210 g All-purpose flour
Almond Cream
 50 g Butter
 50 g Powdered sugar
 50 g Almond meal
 5 g Corn starch, or flour
 50 g Eggs
 5 g Vanilla extract
Chocolate Shell (Enrobage)
 150 g Cocoa butter
 150 g White chocolate
 3 g Liposoluble Red food coloring
Mirror Glaze
 100 g Water
 200 g Sugar
 200 g Corn syrup, or glucose
 220 g White chocolate
 130 g Condensed milk
 3 g Vanilla paste
 14 g Gelatin sheets
 2 g Hydrosoluble red food coloring
Passion Fruit Ginger Marmalade Insert
 120 g Water
 170 g Lemon juice
 80 g Sugar
 5 g Agar-agar
 150 g Passion fruit puree, or fresh pulp
 40 g Crystalized ginger, minced
Chocolate Passion-Ginger Mousse
 4 g Gelatin sheets
 400 g Heavy cream
 110 g White chocolate
 90 g Passion fruit puree
 15 g Fresh ginger



Yield 2 cakes. Amor heart shape.

Sugar Dough

In a food processor, cream butter, salt, sugar and almond meal. Mix in egg and the flour – blend until just combined. Wrap up and chill completely. Roll out into a 3mm thin, 7''/18cm disk for one cake. Prick the dough with a fork and place it onto a baking tray line with a silicone mat or parchment, cut with a 6''/15cm diameter pastry ring. Chill.

Almond Cream

In a food processor, cream butter, and add sugar, flour and almond meal. Mix until homogenized. Add the egg and vanilla; smooth out. Pipe out almond cream onto the chilled crust, and chill.


Bake for about 25 min at 350ºF/180ºC. Cool to room temp. Use the red template-cutter that comes with the silicone mold (small side) and cut the almond-crust into heart shape and set aside.

Chocolate Enrobage

Heat up cocoa butter until completely melted (cocoa butter can boil). Disolve in the white chocolate. Microwave a few more sec if necessary and blend and add food coloring and blend again. Use at 45ºC/113ºF. Can be stored at room temp for up to 6 months.

Mirror Glaze

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften, and drain. Cook water, sugar and corn syrup to 215ºF/102ºC. Pour into the chocolate, let sit for a few sec to melt and blend gently. Add condensed milk, vanilla and blend. Add gelatin and the food coloring. Blend well keeping the nozzle down to prevent from air bubbles to form. Sieve and chill overnight before using. Rewarm and use at 100ºF/38ºC. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks or kept frozen for months.

Passion Fruit Marmalade Insert

Heat up water and lemon juice. Meanwhile mix sugar and agar-agar and whisk in the hot liquid. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 min on low. Chill to set completely. Blend the chilled lemon agar-agar mixture to smooth out, and fold in the fresh passion fruits seeds along with the ginger. Fill up the red template cutter that (smaller side, up to 0.9''/2.3cm high); freeze completely.

Chocolate Passion-Ginger Mousse

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften, and drain. Heat up half of the cream and pour in chocolate and blend. Add gelatin, and blend. Pour in remaining chilled heavy cream, passion fruit puree and ginger. Blend well and refrigerate overnight. Whip chilled mixture to soft peaks before using.


This cake is built upside down. If using a regular pastry ring, reverse the steps. Fill the silicone mold with the passion fruit ginger mousse; more than half way through. Place the frozen passion ginger insert in and press down leaving just enough space for the almond based crust to fit (crust side up) – scrape out excess mousse; freeze for at least 4 hours. Unmold the frozen cake and put it back in the freezer until ready to glaze.


Rewarm chocolate shell glaze to 45ºC/113ºF, and the mirror glaze to 100ºF/38ºC. Place the frozen cake onto a cooling rack and a baking tray lined with plastic wrap (have 2 separate tray ready). Glaze with the chocolate shell first, once set (it takes a few seconds) transfer cake onto the other tray and add a second coating using the red mirror glaze – Save leftover glaze…Let set and transfer the glazed cake onto a serving plate. Place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw completely. Decorate with rose petals and gold leaf or gold flakes and serve with Champagne of course! ❤️

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