The Great Australian Bake Off

This dessert is equally beautiful and delicious. If you love white chocolate mousse and tempered chocolate bark, this creation is for you. 


  • Joconde Décor Paste

  • 100g unsalted butter

  • 100g pure icing sugar

  • 2 large egg white (80g egg)

  • 1 cup plain flour

  • Red food colouring gel

  • Joconde Sponge

  • 12 large free range eggs (80g egg), six separated keeping the egg whites

  • 5 tsp. caster sugar

  • 170g almond meal

  • 150g pure icing sugar

  • 50g plain flour

  • 50g dutch cocoa powder

  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted

  • 4 tbs icing sugar for dusting additional

  • Chocolate Cake

  • 85g unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 egg (80g egg)

  • ¾ tsp baking soda

  • ¾ cup full cream milk

  • 185g plain flour

  • 3 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ cup Dutch cocoa 

  • 100g dark chocolate 70%, melted and cooled slightly

  • White Chocolate Mousse

  • 170g white coverture chocolate

  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream thickened

  • ½ cup Dutch cocoa powder 

  • Tempered Chocolate Bark

  • 300g dark chocolate70%, chopped into very small pieces

  • Equipment

  • 2 x Two miniature spring form tins -11-5x4-5cm

  • 1x 25m Square Tin


  • 1.

    To make the joconde décor paste, cream the butter and icing sugar on high in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy.

  • 2.

    Gradually add the egg white and beat on medium high speed for 3 minutes. Towards the end of the three minutes, add a few drops of the food gel.

  • 3.

    Remove the bowl from the mixer and sift the flour on top before folding it in.

  • 4.

    Line two trays with a silicone baking sheet and pipe the décor paste in lines.

  • 5.

    Place the trays into the freezer to firm for at least 15 minutes.

  • 6.

    Preheat the oven to 230 degrees celsius.

  • 7.

    Whisk the six egg whites until frothy before slowly adding the sugar until firm glossy peaks form. Reserve in a separate bowl, covered in plastic film.

  • 8.

    In the same bowl of the stand mixer, sift the ground almonds, icing sugar, cocoa and flour.

  • 9.

    Using the paddle attachment, gradually add the six whole eggs on medium speed. Mix until smooth and light on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.

  • 10.

    Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the almond mix to lighten the batter before folding in the remaining 2/3.

  • 11.

    Fold in the melted butter.

  • 12.

    Remove the décor paste from the freezer and quickly cover with the sponge batter in a thin layer and even out as much as possible.

  • 13.

    Bake for 4-6 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when pressed.

  • 14.

    Cool for half an hour before flipping onto parchment paper sprinkled with a little icing sugar.

  • 15.

    Once totally cool, cover with plastic film to prevent it drying out.

  • 16.

    Reduce the oven temperature to 160 degrees celsius and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.

  • 17.

    Make the chocolate cake by beating the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  • 18.

    Add the egg and beat well.

  • 19.

    Dissolve the baking soda in the milk before adding into the butter mixture along with the flour, baking powder, cocoa and melted chocolate.

  • 20.

    Beat until combined.

  • 21.

    Spoon into the lined cake tin and bake for 30-45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

  • 22.

    Cool completely before slicing.

  • 23.

    Prepare the mousse by placing half the cream into a small saucepan and heating until just before bubbles start to rise from the centre of the pot. There should be bubbles on the edge but not in the centre.

  • 24.

    Remove from the heat and stir through the chocolate until smooth. Set aside and allow to reach room temperature.

  • 25.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form. Once the chocolate mix is cool, fold into the cream until smooth.

  • 26.

    Chill until needed.

  • 27.

    Temper the chocolate by placing 2/3 onto a double boiler to melt until the chocolate reaches 55 degrees celsius. Remove from the heat and add the remaining chopped chocolate.

  • 28.

    Stir until the chocolate reaches 28 degrees celsius.

  • 29.

    Place the chocolate back onto the double boiler and heat to 31 degrees celsius. Pour the chocolate onto a marble slab and spread with a palette knife and allow it to set. Use a metal bread scraper and lift the chocolate from the marble, creating bark as you push.

  • 30.

    To assemble the joconde, cut and place the joconde sponge into the mold around the edge ensuring a tight fit.

  • 31.

    Cut out a round of the chocolate cake and place into the bottom of the mold, again ensuring a tight fit.

  • 32.

    Sprinkle a few teaspoons of the raspberries on top of the chocolate cake, ensuring an even covering.

  • 33.

    Place the mousse into a piping bag and pipe on top of the raspberries and chocolate cake.

  • 34.

    Use a pallet knife to smooth over the top before placing back into the fridge to chill. You may need to place the dessert into the freezer to chill it in a shorter time space.

  • 35.

    Repeat to make the second cake using the remaining cake elements. 

  • 36.

    Repeat the mold and neaten the edges before decorating.

  • 37.

    Pile the chocolate bark on top of each cake and around the base of each cake. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the top.


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