After participating in 2018 with a savory feast, I was really looking forward to this event being organized again. I really wanted to make something sweet this time!
I originally wanted to make a gingerbread house, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something a bit more advanced to learn more patisserie techniques, so I went for a fancy entremet-style yule log.
In total, it took 5 days to make, but that's mostly because we took long breaks between each steps. My SO and their sibling helped me a ton, I couldn't have done it without them ❤️ Baking together was a lot of fun!
There were 6 elements in total:
Almond Dacquoise (biscuit base)
Praline croustillant (crispy layer)
White chocolate mirror glaze
A common layer in this kind of entremet is a sponge cake or a ganache, but I think our recipe worked well without those.
Step 1: Praline
Roasted hazelnut covered in caramel then crushed into a spread-like paste (it's delicious by itself!)
Step 2: Almond Dacquoise
Almonds, sugar and egg whites
Step 3: Praline croustillant
Mixing some crushed cookies with the praline before freezing it to get a super nice, crispy layer. My favorite layer of the entremet by far!
Step 4: Vanilla cremeux
We left it in the freezer overnight, then cut it to fit inside the mousse. Which means we have a lot left, but that's not an issue. It's so good by itself, it's like a rich vanilla pudding.
Step 5: Vanilla mousse
The preparation was very similar to the cremeux, but we mixed it with whipped cream.
Step 6: Assemble
Step 7: Chocolate toppings
I had to remember basic geometry from high school to figure out how to draw a symmetrical flower 😂
It was also my first time tempering chocolate! It wasn't perfect but it held well at least for the photos. It's the Idol Story logo, but I'm sure you noticed 😉
Step 8: Taking it out of the mold
Yes, that was a whole challenge of its own 😂
Step 9: Mirror glazing!
I always see videos where people pour glazing on top of their cake and it looks so good so I've always wanted to try that!
Ringing in the New Year with Aqours’ Countdown Live was a special treat, so I made this sweets platter to enjoy along with it! Each girl is represented with an icon sugar cookie decorated with image color royal icing. The roll cake is patterned with their icons as well, and has mikan filling! The “Aqours” logo on the cake was hand drawn using colored chocolate candy melts 🧡