"The best chocolate cake in the world"
Do you think that's a bit pretentious? That's not me saying it, that's the name of a cake and of the small pastry shop that sells said cake in Lisbon. It's famous arround here but since I was living abroad for such a long time, I only tried it not long ago when I was lucky to meet 2 cool fellow bloggers. It was my first time meeting other bloggers AND eating "the best chocolate cake in the World". Too much emotion for one afternoon!
The cake was very good. The best in the world? Well, that's difficult to say because a) I have not tasted all the chocolate cakes in the world and b) This is not technically a cake, it's a stack of meringue disks filled with chocolate mousse and covered in chocolate ganache. Of course the name was a smart marketing strategy, but still, the cake is very good! I brought a piece for my mom who requested a clone for her birthday.
Her birthday was last week and this was my version:THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER MADE (ACCORDING TO MY AUNT WHO IS ON A DIET) Cocoa Meringue:
- 280 gr/ 10 oz (6-7) egg whites
- 500 gr/ 1lbs + 2 oz sugar
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 200 gr/ 7.1 oz good dark chocolate
- 200 ml cream
- 200 ml whipped cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 small Toblerone (100 gr/3.5 oz)
- 100 gr/ 3.5 oz cream
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Melted white chocolate
- Melted dar chocolate
- Finelly chopped Toblerone
Melt the chocolates and put them in zip lock bags, pastry bags or use a spoon to drizzle over the cake.
- On a serving plate put a meringue disk (it's a good idea to use a small dollop of ganache to glue it to the plate)
- Spread half of the mousse
- Top with the second disk of meringue
- Spread the other half of mousse
- Top with the last meringue disk
- Pour or spread the Toblerone ganache
- Decorate with the melted chocolates and chopped Toblerone
This meringue/mousse thing is not a new concept, there's a known cake named Concord Cake that is like that, also Pierre Hermé has an Autumn Meringue Cake that looks very much like the one from the pastry shop. In fact people say that the owner of "The best chocolate cake in the World" started making the cake after eating a similar one in Paris.
For my version I used my go-to recipes for meringue (just added cocoa) and rich egg-less chocolate mousse. I made my meringues much thicker for more crunch, and I've used Toblerone to make my ganache instead of regular chocolate because that's my mom's favourite. And also drizzled some more chocolate and sprinkled chopped Toblerone to make it more festive, it was for a birthday after all!
My mom said that mine was even better than the one from the pastry shop, but she's my mom, so of course she was going to say that. My aunt said that this was the best thing I have ever made (from the ones she tasted), but she's on a diet so I think anything she eats outside her diet must taste like it's the best in the world!
But really, it was quite good: crunchy and creamy and rich and chocolatey!... How could it not be good?