Ambroise, Refined version ( Hidemi Sugino)


Ambroisie ,one of the most popular desserts at Hidemi Sugino shop in Tokyo.I heard and seen so much about this dessert and the Famous name,I adored his artwork. Although I have not been to his shop or eat his master piece, I am truly appreciated all the cakes he made, my kind of idol. Hopefully one day, I will be tasting his art work, his ideas , his efforts, his master piece.

There are few things as you can see from these pictures , few differences comparing to Hidemi’s:

·       the colour of the chocolate glacage,

·       where is the gold leaf?

·       Where is the vibrant green colour of the pistachio joconde?

·       And where is correct sugar amount?



I have heard so much of people who got highest privilege to taste this artwork, similar outcome:heavy and sweet. From the way it looks, it looks chocolaty and from the recipes I read, it is slightly sweeter to my taste.

After staying here for years, my sweetness  level has dropped drastically, especially chocolate. Now, the sweetness of a piece of LINDTS milk chocolate ball is overpowering for my taste, let alone for CADBURY chocolate. One word: my mouth is pain from taking that level of sweetness.So, I decided to refine this recipe, for all ingredients I could find here , for the sweetness I prefer.


Few changes I attempted for a reason:

a)Sugar level: I reduced so I can enjoy it,genuinely.

b) Pistachio joconde is not green enough: I couldn’t find pistachio paste here, and normally this kind of paste is flavoured and coloured such as Sevarome Pistachio Paste.I want to make it as natural as possible. The pistachio here also is not raw or in deep green colour.S o I blended my pistachio and mix with some water to be a paste, it is organic and permeates-free that I want this for as homemade.

c)Chocolate Glacageis not dark enough: The recipe requires Valrhona cocoa powder, but all I can find and prefer is Hershey cocoa. I love the aromatic of Hershey!

d) Where is my gold leaf: Again, cannot find here, so I used Edible Gold Sprinkle.

The joy of eating this winner dessert:

1)It is not overpowering with sugar or heavily chocolaty.

2)melts into mouth  instantly because low in gelatin. Now I understand why this cake is so precious and it melts easily in your mouth,basically no gelatin added, all from the cream. Once I remove from freezer, the mousse immediately slipped through my hand , it is really soft. I only dare to try this out during cold weather. Summer heat is the enemy for this dessert.

The taste of this petitely designed master piece, it is definitely worth my 2 days job.




Few components you need:

  • Pistachio Mousse
  • Pistachio Joconde
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Sirop d’imbibage
  • Chocolate Joconde  (all above here prepared on Day 1)
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse (prepared Day 2 )
  • Chocolate Glacage (Prepared day 2 or 3, depends how long your mousse has frozen)


This recipe from : La Petite Vancouver & Gourtmet Baking

serves :one 6-inch cake orthree to four 2.5-inch entremets

(A)Mousse a la pistache(Pistachio Mousse)

  • 130g Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 70g milk (Liddells lactose milk I used)
  • 1/10 vanilla pod
  • 40g egg yolks
  • 15g granulated sugar ( I reduced to 10g)
  • 2g gelatine leaves
  • 20g pistachio paste ( I grinded my own pistachio and mix with some water to make a paste)

1. Combine the pistachio paste with milk in a saucepan and bring to boil

2. Add in the vanilla pod

3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the sugar and egg yolks and mix them until you get a pale yellow colour

4. Pour the pistachio-milk-vanilla mixture into step 3 little by little and mix until smooth

5. Pour step 4 back into the saucepan and heat it up in a low-medium heat. While heating it up, whisk the mixture vigorously until the mixture harden.Note don’t whisk too long or else you will ended up with scrambled egg texture.

6. Soften the gelatine leaves in a cold water

7. Add the soften gelatine into step 5

8. Beat the whipping cream until soft peak

9. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream into the mixture and mix well. Once incorporated, you can then add in the rest of the whipped cream and mix untilsmooth.

10. Pour the mixture into a circular mousse’s ring and set in freezer


(B)Biscuit aux pistaches (Pistachio Joconde)

  •  60g almond paste
  • 25g pistachio paste
  • 30g whole egg
  • 27g egg yolk
  • 17g egg white
  • 30g corn starch
  • 13g Western Star unsalted butter( or any unsalted butter)

French meringue

  • 53g egg white
  • 33g granulated sugar  ( I reduced to 25g)

1. Preheat oven to 200°C

2. Combine the almond paste and pistachio paste in a mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated

3. Continue whisking and add in the whole eggs, egg yolks and egg whites little by little and mix well until thicken

4. Sift in the all purpose flour and mix well

5. Prepare french meringue and add it into the mixture and mix well

6. Add melted butter into the mixture and mix well

7. Pour the mixture into a ring mould and bake for 7-10mins ( depends on your oven )


(C)Raspberry Jam (Framboise pepins)

  •  35g sugar ( I reduced to 10g)
  • 20g glucose
  • 8g water
  • 100g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 4g pectin mixed with
  • 23g sugar ( I reduced to13g)
  • 6g lemon juice
  1. Bring the sugar, glucose, and water to a boil in a saucepan
  2. Mix the raspberries in and continue to boil
  3. Mix in the pectin-sugar and boil until raspberry has broken down and soft
  4. Cool in an ice bath and add the lemon juice
  5. Refrigerate until needed
  6. The recipe called for 50g of this jam

(D)Sirop d’imbibage

  •  20g Sirop à 30°B [ 13 sugar + 7 g water }—> (I reduced to 8g sugar+7g water )
  • 15g water
  • 15g raspberry liquor

1. Prepare the sirop à 30°B and microwave it until sugar dissolved

2. In a bowl combine the sirop à 30°B, water and raspberry liquor and mix well


(E)Biscuit joconde au chocolat (Chocolate Joconde)

  •  24g almond powder
  • 24g icing sugar (I reduced to 18g )
  • 24g egg yolks
  • 10g egg whites
  • 19g all purpose flour
  • 7g cocoa powder ( preferably Valrhona ,but I only can find Hershey and I love it)
  • 9g melted butter( Western Star unsalted butter I used)

French meringue

  • 44g egg whites
  • 45g granulated sugar ( I reduced to 25g)

1. Preheat oven to 200°C

2. In a mixing bowl, sift in the almond powder and icing sugar and mix well

3. Add in the egg yolks, egg whites and whisk until smooth

4. Sift in the all purpose flour and mix well with spatula

5. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix well with spatula

6. Prepare french meringue(On a separate clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy and add the sugar a little at a time until it form firm peak) and add 1/3 of it to the mixture and mix until smooth.Add the rest of the french meringue and mix until smooth.

7. Add in the melted butter and mix well8. Pour the mixture into a ring mould and bake for 7-10mins ( depends on your oven )


(F)Mousse au chocolat noir(Dark Chocolate Mousse)

  •  225g whipping cream
  • 105g 66% dark chocolate ( preferably Valrhona , but I only can find Hershey )

Pâte à Bombe

  • 35g creme fraiche
  • 30g granulated sugar (I reduced to 15g)
  • 55g egg yolks

For Pâte à Bombe:

 1. Mix the creme fraiche, sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil ( or until all sugar melted )

2. In a separate bowl add in the egg yolk and whisk it until pale yellow in colour

3. Add mixture in step1 into step2 little by little while keep mixing at the same time.

4. Mix well using electric mixer


For chocolate mousse

1. Beat whipping cream to soft peak

2. In a double boiler, melted the dark chocolate ( chocolate’s temperature should not exceed 45°C )

3. Add the Pâte à Bombe into the melted chocolate and mix well

4.Add 1/3 of the soft-peak whipped cream to step 3 and mix well

5. Add the rest of the soft-peaked whipped cream to the mixture and mix well

chocolate glaze



  1. Pipe pistachio mousse onto cake ring moulds,let it set little in freezer.
  2. brush one side with the sirop d’imbibage and place it on top of the pistachio mousse,brushed side down.  Then brush the other side with the syrup.
  3. Freeze
  4. Once frozen, take it out of the freezer and spread 50g of framboise pepins(raspberry jam) on top
  5. Using a cookie cutter or fondant cutter, cut circles with diameter slightly smaller than the cake ring you will use. (I use 2.0″ cookie cutter and 2.5″cake ring)
  6. Cut the chocolate joconde using the same size of cookie cutter.
  7. Assemble top-side down. Line a baking pan with acetate sheet and place the 3″ cake rings (or any size of rings you want) on top.
  8. Pipe some chocolate mousse at the bottom, then place the pistachio mousse-raspberry cut out on top (raspberry side on the top)
  9. Spread some more thin layer of mousse, then lastly place the chocolate joconde circle on top.
  10. Align another acetate sheet on top of the cake ring and set the cake ring in freezer overnight or until set.
  11. Once set, take our your cake ring and remove the acetate sheet ( top and bottom )
  12. Use a small blow torch or hair dryer and heat up the side of the ring ( don’t heat up too long or else you will melt the mousse )
  13. Once the ring loosen, use both hand to pull down the ring.
  14. You can put the cake back to the fridge while you now starting to prepare the chocolate glaze.
  15. Once the chocolate glaze is almost at room temperature (slightly warm but still pourable), pour the glaze on top of the cake and smooth it with spatula
  16. Refrigerate an hour  and decorate with chocolate petals and gold leaf(I decorate with gold sprinkles)

how to make ambroise

I must keep this experience in words and pictures for my future reference,hopefully.

Pages of recipe seem intimidating,after you try , it might increase your confident in making “long long recipe”. But worth 2 days of work  if sugar is reduced to your preference.The texture is marvelous.




The best chocolate Mousse cake I ever tried,with the efforts to recreate this, it is worth the wait.


Happy trying.:) Secretly wishing to own Hidemi Sugino’s cookbook in English version 😛


Welcome to leave your comment here, love to hear from you ^_^

Opera Swiss Roll for Valentine 欧培拉蛋卷

opera swiss roll4

Opera cake  is a French type of cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake (known as Joconde in French) soaked in coffee syrup, layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in a chocolate glaze.

For those who loves coffee and chocolate, Opera cake would be highly recommended to you.

What about turning Classic Opera cake into a simple swiss roll instead for this Valentines?

May all of my friends here have a wonderful Valentines with your loved one.

Valentines is not just celebration between 2 love birds, it is a day to give all your love to your loved one, your beautiful friends and family.

Happy Valentines Day everyone~

opers swiss roll3

Yields two small size swiss rolls

Few components you need:

  • Joconde sponge

  • Coffee Italian Meringue Buttercream ( decaffeinated version)

  • Chocolate glaze

Opera swiss roll

opera swiss roll5

Joconde Sponge:

  • 30g oil
  • 90g almond flour
  • 45g icing sugar
  • 180g whole eggs
  • 150g egg whites
  • 90g castor sugar
  • 75g cake flour

1)      Sift the almond flour and icing sugar together. Lightly beat the whole eggs.

2)      Mix the almond mixture into beaten eggs to well combine. Fold in oil. Mix well.

3)      Beat egg whites and sugar in a clean mixing bowl to foamy stage, slowly add in sugar and  continued beating to reach soft peaks.

4)      Fold in 1/3 of meringue from step (3) into flour mixture from step (2). Fold in the remaining meringue in 2 additions. (remember do not over folding otherwise deflating the air pockets in the egg whites.)

5)      Pour the batter into a 10” X 14” baking tray with lined baking paper.

6)      Bake batter in preheat oven of 180C for 15 minutes or 170C for 25minutes, depending on individual oven.

7)      Once baked, lay the golden brown side onto a new sheet of baking paper.  Peel off the baking paper from the joconde. Let it cool completely.



(a) What is joconde?

A Joconde Cake is cross between a biscuit and sponge cake. It has an almond flavor and was named for Mona Lisa which translates to La Joconda in French.

how to make joconde joconde 2

Coffee Italian Meringue Buttercream:

  • 190g  Western Star butter, unsalted ( or any unsalted butter )
  • 80g castor sugar
  • 40g water
  • 80g egg whites
  • 16g castor sugar
  • 1.5 tsp coffee powder (or  decaffeinated  coffee  granules, I used Nespresso decaf coffee capsule)
  • I tbsp hot water

1)      Mix coffee granules with 1 tbsp hot water until dissolved. Set aside.

2)      Bring butter to room temperature (when you touch the butter, it leaves a dent easily but not melting)

3)      In a pot:  heat water and 80g castor sugar on high heat until sugar dissolved. The aim is to cook the sugar syrup to reach 118C-120C.

4)      Meanwhile, beat egg whites to bubble stage, slowly add in 16g sugar and continued beating to reach soft peak.

5)      Once sugar syrup reached 118C, switch off heat and wait till bubbles disappear. While motor still running slowly on the egg whites, slowly pour in the sugar syrup into meringue from step (3). Beat it until the meringue has cooled down inside the bowl. (Touch the bottom of mixing bowl if it is completely cool down.)

6)      Once meringue has cooled down completely, throw in cubed butter one by one. Beat until the Italian meringue buttercream comes  together.

7)      Fold in coffee syrup and beat until well incorporated.

coffee italian meringue buttercream

Assemble 1:

1)      Spread the the buttercream onto the swiss roll. Slice into half. Now you have two slices of joconde.

2)       Ensure baking paper is sitting underneath the roll. Roll into a good roll with the help of rolling pin. Seal the baking paper, and cover with another layer of aluminium foil for double secure.

3)      Repeat this step for another slice of the swiss roll. Place them into refrigerator for 4 hours. Now you can have two swiss rolls.


Chocolate Glacage/glaze:

  • 30g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )
  • 100g  Cadbury baking dark chocolate button ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 100g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)
  • 50g Liddells lactose free milk ( or any fresh milk) milk
  • 3 gelatin leaves ( add if you can find) soak in cold water until soften.

1)      Heat up cream and milk on low heat. Switch off heat once just come to boil.

2)      Pour the hot cream mixture into chocolate. Mix well until all chocolate has melted.

3)      Fold in softened butter. Mix well and fold in soften gelatin leave. Mix well. Strain the glaze.

4)      Let it cool down to room temperature. Stir well every now and then.

OR    heat up cream , milk and chocolate together until all well combined. Then fold in butter. Mix well then fold in soften gelatin leave. Strain.


Assemble 2:

1)       Remove roll out, and spread the coffee buttercream on top of the swiss roll. Smooth out nicely with a spatula. Place back into refrigerator to allow the buttercream  for 1-2 hours to set.

2)      Remove the swiss rolls out from refrigerator and place onto a cooling rack. Pour the chocolate glaze over the two rolls evenly.

3)      Allow the excess chocolate glaze to drip down.

4)      Place the rolls back to refrigerator for 30 minutes to set properly.

5)      Take out the roll and trim off the both ends to see all the distinctive layers. Place back into refrigerator for 30 minutes to set little bit more.Slice and serve.


glazing swiss roll

opera swiss roll2

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  1. Ensure the eggs have to be cold.
  2. Ensure the butter to be added slowly to a completely cooled meringue. Do not panic if see butter and meringue curdled, just keep beating longer until all comes together.
  3. You can use either  coffee granules or decaffeinated coffee.
  4. Ensure to strain the chocolate glaze to get a smooth glaze.
  5. Remember to stir the glaze every now and then to avoid the top skin formed.
  6. If you want your swiss roll to be flavoured with more coffee, you can brush some coffee syrup (1 tsp coffee powder mix with 1 tbsp hot water) onto the joconde sponge.
  7. Chocolate glaze will only looks shiny glossy when roll first coated with glaze  at room temperature. Once store in refrigerator,it will lose it shine and it is okay. Chocolate glaze for the Opera supposed not to be shiny for consumption due to the contents of the glaze to make as such for better taste and texture. Shiny chocolate glaze gives good appearance for the cake but lack of good flavour as a glaze for the Opera.Enjoy everyone~ ^_^

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Sweet Memory甜蜜回忆:Mango Tofu Cheese Mousse Coconut Cake芒果豆腐奶酪慕丝椰子蛋糕

mango coconut cheese mousse1

Summer is here.The heat and temperature always the enemy for any mousse cake or chocolate work in my kitchen. I am missing the autumn and winter here.

Last saturday was our 2 years anniversary and here is the cake to celebrate this 2 magic years.

mango coconut cheese mousse(FB)


Few components you need:

  • Blueberry panna cotta
  • Coconut joconde
  • Lemon joconde
  • Mango tofu cheese mousse
  • Red chocolate glacage/glaze


love letter to husband

Blueberry Panna Cotta:

  • 85g blueberry puree
  • 25g Bulla cream( or any pouring or whipping cream)
  • 25g Liddells Lactose free full cream milk ( or any fresh milk)
  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 3g gelatin leaves(soaked in cold water till soften)

1.Process fresh /frozen blueberries into puree.

2.In a pot: Bring cream, milk and sugar to just boil. Once sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat.

3.Fold in soften gelatin, stir to combine.

4.Pour the mixture into a 6″cake ring with cling film wrapped around the bottom of the cake ring. Allow to freeze to hardened.

blueberry panna cotta



Coconut Joconde:

  • 53g egg whites
  • 25g castor sugar
  • 35g icing sugar
  • 35g coconut powder
  • 9g cake flour a clean bowl: beat egg whites till foamy, slowly add in sugar and continued beating till stiff peaks formed.

2.Process desiccated coconut into powder form if you cannot find coconut powder.

3.Fold in coconut powder and cake flour till well combined.

4.Pour in piping bag, pipe onto a 6″ cake ring(about 1” in thickness) with baking paper lined onto the baking tray.

5.Dust icing sugar generously onto cake batter.

6.Bake at preheated oven of 180C for 12 minutes or more until slightly golden, depending on individual oven.

7.Allow to cool completely. Set aside for later use.

coconut joconde




Lemon Joconde:

  • 35g eggs
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 45g egg whites
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 30g almond powder
  • 10g cake flour
  • 8g Western Star unsalted butter, melted( or any unsalted butter)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 drop of lemon essence
  • 1 lemon zest

1.In a bowl: Beat eggs and icing sugar till ribbon stage, fold in lemon juice, zest and essence.

2.In another clean bowl: beat egg whites till foamy, add in sugar slowly and continued beating till soft peak formed.

3.Fold meringue step (2) into egg-lemon mixture step (1).

4.Take small amount of batter from step (3) and mix well with melted butter in a small bowl.

5.Sift in cake flour and almond powder into remaining cake batter from step (3).

6.Fold in flour mixture from step (5) into butter mixture from step (4).

7.Pour into a 6″ cake ring on a prepared baking pan lined with baking paper. Bake at 200C for 8 minutes until golden brown,depending on individual oven.

8.Allow to cool down completely and keep for later use.



What is Joconde?

Joconde Cake is cross between a biscuit and sponge cake. It has an almond flavor and was named for Mona Lisa which translates to La Joconda in French.


lemon joconde



Mango Tofu Cheese Mousse:

  • 200g mango puree
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese ,leave at room temperature
  • 50g egg yolk
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 400g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 50g tofu
  • 7g gelatin leaves(soaked in cold water until soften)

1.Beat whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks formed and set aside in refrigerator.

2.Beat egg yolk and sugar to well combined. Whisk continuously over a pot of simmering water until 82C until pale and thick. Remove from heat. Fold in soften gelatin. Stirring until gelatin dissolved.

3.Fold in mango puree into step (2).

4.Mash the tofu.

5.Beat cream cheese until soft. Fold into tofu. Fold the cheese-tofu mixture into step (3) and mix well.

6. Cool down over pot of cold water till 26-28C.

7.Fold in whipped cream in step (1) into cheese mixture in step (5). Pour into piping bag. Set aside in refrigerate.

mango cheese mousse



Assemble Part 1:

1.Line baking paper on baking tray. Line acetate strip around a 7″ cake ring.

2.Place coconut joconde into the cake ring.

3.Pipe 1/3 of the mango tofu cheese mousse onto the coconut joconde until cover the joconde completely.

4.Place lemon joconde onto the mousse and continued piping in another 1/3 of mousse to cover the lemon joconde.

5.Remove blueberry panna cotta from freezer and from the cake ring. Place blueberry panna cotta onto the mousse and finally pipe in with remaining cheese mousse completely.

6.Smooth the top. Allow to set in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

assemble 1


red chocolate glacage


chocolate glacage frosting



Assemble Part 2:

1.Remove mousse cake from freezer and lightly blow hot air around the cake ring with blower for few seconds. Remove mousse cake from cake ring. Remove acetate strips.

2.With a cooling rack sits on top of a baking tray, place hardened mousse cake onto cooling rack.

3.Pour the cooled chocolate glacage over the mousse. Allow excess to drip down.


5.Place the cake back to refrigerate to allow the cake bring back to right temperature(as now the cake is still hardened stage).

6.Slice and serve.

glazing mousse



1. Ensure the blueberry panna cotta has to be hardened in freezer before remove from the cake ring and place into the cake.

2.Red chocolate buttons are not available here so I bought it online. If you don’t like the vibrant red, welcome to substitute with white chocolate and add few drops of your favourite food colouring into the chocolate glacage. Use just white chocolate if preferred no colouring at all.

3.Decoration is up to your own imagination but if you are wondering what I used for the decoration: red chocolate button ,white chocolate and some chocolate transfer sheet( got it online as well)




TODAY’s Realization:

There were many times,I doubted my ability in what I am doing or learning whether baking or photographing. Failures in baking are bitter in taste but I know as long as I am determined to restart,back to basic,stand right up, the chances of getting it right is not far away.

In photographing world: Never though I would want to explore more since I have no knowledge nor potential in this field. There were many times, I doubted my ability leading to putting down the camera. Admittedly,I need to try harder than anyone just to get a decent picture.

I have to accept:some born with the skills while I need to try harder.

Never try to compete or compare with others if I choose this as passion. It exhausts me at times but learning to do one at time, no rush and no competing  can reduce the stress and taking my time to learn as much as I can.

Do for myself.Accept my flaws. Transform the pressure into energy and stand right back up. It is alright to sit down and rest awhile to regain our motivation. Have you rest enough?









Your comments are deeply appreciated. ^_^

White Angel白色天使 ( Lemon Orange Mango Gateau)柠檬橙芒果蛋糕


I find citrus fruits here are mostly fresh and sweeter in flavor. Lemon here is less sour and juicy. I always wonder why westerners can use in all their food: salad, seafood, white meat and sauces. As though lemon is like the salt to the pepper. Orange here is all seasonal citrus fruit. I do not enjoy fresh slice orange back in Malaysia as much as I do here. There two fruits become the primary essence to this mousse cake.

What goes well with cream cheese? Lemon.  I came up with lemon cheese mousse.

I bought a big packet of fresh mango cubes from Costco. I do not need to wait for the mango season, I think. So I thought insert mango element into this entire cake.

I adored this cake personally and hope you do too. White chocolate might not your favourite but by adding this last element as frosting, it is something different and it is a good “different”.



Problem is: why the white chocolate does not appear as white?? Wishing to have pure white powder to do the  whitening effect.


Components you need:

  • Mango Gelee

  • Orange Joconde

  • Lemon cheese mousse

  • White chocolate glacage/glaze


Mango Gelee:

  • 150g mango puree
  • 1/2 anise star
  • 5g sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2.5 gelatin leave (Soak in cold water till soften)

1. Bring mango puree to boil, add in anise star and sugar and mix well. Switch off heat.

2. Stir in soften gelatin the mango mixture. Stir in lemon juice. Sift the mixture to remove the anise star.

3. Allow the mixture to reduce temperature to 28C.

4. Pour into mango mixture slowly into a 6” cake ring ( Wrap cling film around the bottom of the cake ring)

5. Allow to harden in the freezer for 4 hours or more.


(a)What is gelee?

A jellied substance.Liquid becomes solid by the addition of gelatin, pectin or other gelling agent.

mango gelee


Orange Joconde:

  • 84g whole egg
  • 20g icing sugar
  • 10g cake flour
  • 10g plain flour
  • 60g almond flour
  • 84g egg white
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 17g Western Star unsalted butter( Or any unsalted butter )
  • 1 whole orange

1. Sifted all flours. Line a 6” round cake pan with baking paper.

2. Bring whole orange to boil in a pot. Once boiled,peel off the skin , slice into small chunks and remove the seeds. Process the orange in a processor or blend in a blender to form a paste.

3. Beat egg and icing sugar in a bowl until pale and lightly thick. (Lift up whisk, you can see batter is slowly drip down). Add in 2/3 of orange paste and mix well.

4. In another clean bowl: Beat egg white to foamy, slowly add in sugar, continue beating to achieve soft peaks.

5. Fold in the egg-orange mixture into this meringue (egg white) to well combine.

6. Take out some batter , fold in melted butter.

7. Fold in all flours into remaining egg batter till well combined.

8. Fold in the butter-mixture earlier (6) back into flour batter (7).

9. Pour batter onto prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 20-25 minutes, until skewer inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean, depending on individual oven for the temperature and time.

10. Remove from cake ring and allow to cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator.


(a)What is Joconde?

A Joconde Cake is cross between a biscuit and sponge cake. It has an almond flavor and was named for Mona Lisa which translates to La Joconda in French.

orange puree

orange sponge


Lemon Cheese Mousse:

  • 50g castor sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 175g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 30g egg yolk
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 140g Philadelphia cream cheese ,room temperature ( Or any cream cheese)
  • 25g Vaalia natural yoghurt( or any plain yoghurt)
  • 2tsp lemon essence
  • 40g egg whites
  • 42g castor sugar
  • 11g water
  • 5g gelatin leaves ( soak into cold water until soften)
  • 6g CHOYA extra shiso, Traditional Japanese Umeshu(Plum liqueur) optional
  1. In a bowl: beat whipping cream till stiff peaks formed. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. In a pot: Boil sugar and 3tbsp water till sugar dissolved. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly pour in the sugar syrup into beaten egg, continued heating until reached 82C while whisking. Stir in soften gelatin.
  4. Remove from heat, beat until light and pale.
  5. In another bowl: Beat cream cheese , then add in plain yoghurt, lemon essence and Umeshu until well combined.
  6. Fold in whipped cream (1) into cheese mixture (5).
  7. Then fold in egg-yolk mixture earlier (3) into cheese-cream mixture (6).
  8. Boil sugar and water till 117C. Start beating egg whites till foamy, slowly pour in sugar syrup, beating till stiff peaks formed. This is known as “Italian Meringue”.
  9. Fold in italian meringue into (7). Pour into a piping bag.

pate a bombe

lemon cheese mousse


White Chocolate Glacage/Ganache:

make this after mousse cake has set properly

  • 250g Bulla whipping cream (pouring cream or whipping cream can be used here)
  • 20g sugar
  • 50ml glucose
  • 150g Cadbury baking white chocolate( any baking white chocolate )
  • 6g gelatin leaves (Soak into cold water till soften)

1. In a pot: bring cream, sugar and glucose to boil at 85C.

2. Add in chocolate in few additions and stir to combine.

3. Stir in soften gelatin and continued to mix until incorporated. Sift .

4. Allow the mixture to cool down to 25-28C. ( you can use another pot of cold water sit underneath your ganache to help in this process)


Part I : Assemble:

1. Place a 6” cake ring onto a prepared baking tray with baking paper underneath.

2. Line a piece of 6cm in height of acetate strip around the cake ring as shown in picture.

( Get a 6” cake ring with 6cm height if you can find. My cake ring is smaller in height so acetate strip is for increasing the volume of my cake.)

3. Remove the mango gelee from freezer, cut into 5.5 inches of round disc.

4. Slice the orange joconde into 2 thin slices, and cut into 5.5 inches of round disc

5. Pipe some lemon mousse onto the cake ring, then place the first orange joconde. Pipe in lemon cheese mousse.

6. Place the mango gelee, then pipe all remaining lemon cheese mango. Place the last orange joconde onto the mousse. Press down the joconde to allow excess mousse flows out, remove excess mousse with palette knife. Place in freezer to allow to get harden.




Part II: Assemble:

1.Remove the mousse cake from freezer. Using warm cloth to rub around the cake ring. Flip the mousse cake upside down ( Mousse part faces up; sponge part faces down). Push up the mousse cake from cake ring.

2. Place the mousse cake onto a wire rack which sitting on a baking tray. Pour white chocolate ganache over the mousse cake. Allow to sit there for few minutes until excess ganache flows down.

3. Allow cake set in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Decorate however you prefer asthis is your cake now.




  • Allow cake to bring back to coolroom temperature for few hours, then you can slice and serve.
  • Boil the whole orange first so that the flavors from the orange is more readily to perfume the entire cake. (I cannot stop eating the orange sponge by itself, the orange is like the perfume of the cake, seriously yummy. Complimenting my product is not my style but the orange joconde is really irresistible.)
  • My advice: if you do not enjoy white chocolate ganache, you can choose not to use it because some people included me just dislike the sweetness of white chocolate. However the combination is really up to standard.
  • Again, I do not really enjoy over rating my own products.(Many times of failure too) This cake is really  well structured. The lemon has lightened the cheese flavor; the orange acts as the perfumed for the cake. Husband and I finished more than ½ of the mousse cake in a day.
  • If  happened you are not anise star fan, remove from your mango gelee too. Anise Star does not act as the primary flavor of the gelee, but remove if you do not enjoy it.
  • Adding plum liqueur Umeshu is optional if you prefer no alcohol.

lemon cheese cake



Adding this Japanese traditional Umeshu (CHOYA)梅酒 is the extra flavor with the sweetness and sourness of the plum. The taste and aroma of umeshu can appeal to even those people who normally dislike alcohol.  This plum liqueur is recommended by my sister, it helps for good sleep, promote good blood circulation and good digestion. Please do not over indulge ~


Today word: Stop living in fear you’ll always do the wrong thing. If God gives you something to do, He’ll give you the anointing to do it.-Joyce Meyer