Chocolate Marquise

March 9, 2010

Sigh… it’s been a weird start to 2010. The creative juices have slowed to a trickle and it’s getting harder and harder to juggle the main part of my life with the blogging side of me. Don’t get me wrong, I still love everything to do with it. I just wish that I could give 110% of myself to the blog 100% of the time. Anyway I’m just mumbling to myself so lets forget the whinging and I’ll just do what I best; stuff my face (and my troubles) with chocolate desserts!

Then blog about it as if I’m on heat while I espouse erotic superlatives about how lustfully sweet and orgasmically wonderful chocolate is. Apparently (and seriously, I’ve been told this!), I tend to favour the term ‘climax’, or words to that effect, quite a lot in my blog and on Twitter whenever I’m raving about something delicious. Bah my bad!

Easter is less than a month away and religious or not, this holiday is all about the almighty chocolate. Yes, it tastes better when it’s in egg form but with the Autumn weather settling in, I want my chocolate cooked, baked or whipped. Or in this case, melted to a thick ‘mousse’ and encased in cake!

So here I give you a Chocolate Marquise – a recipe I’ve always wanted to try from Gourmet Traveller. Essentially, it’s a chocolate mousse but forget light, airy and fluffy, this marquise is hard-hitting, dense and rich, almost like a thick chocolatey buttercream. Let’s all take a moment to lament my burgeoning hips.

Forgive the lacklustre photos but this dessert was happily offloaded to a group of food bloggers so by the next day, all I had left of the ‘chocolate meatloaf’ (as lovingly penned by one lol) was the end nub.

Not that I’m complaining of course, because I’m supposed to be on a more healthier diet so any opportunity to give away lustrous desserts is a good thing believe it or not! And naturally, maintaining a baking blog isn’t really conducive to my plans to reunite with my skinny jeans, especially when my love lies with the naughtiest of desserts. I’m running out of people to offload all these baked goods on so if you’re in my hood and you’re hungry, apply within and BYO takeaway containers! xx

Chocolate Marquise

(serves 8)


3 eggs
140g caster sugar
75g plain flour
2 Tbl Dutch cocoa powder
30g butter, melted and slightly cooled


300g of good quality dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
175g unsalted butter
5 eggs, separated
100g caster sugar

For the chocolate sponge

Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease a 30 x 42cm baking tray and line the bottom with baking paper (I used two 30 x 20cm trays).

Whisk eggs and caster sugar with an electric mixer for about 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is pale and tripled in volume.

Sift over flour and cocoa powder and fold through gently. Fold through the melted butter until all combined.

Pour into prepared tray and level the top of the mixture. It will end up being a very thin layer in the tray but don’t worry, it’ll rise a little. Here, you want a sheet of sponge just under 1cm thick.

Bake for 4-5 minutes until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Marquise

Melt butter and chocolate over very low heat in a heavy based saucepan or double boiler. Mix to combine and set aside.

Whisk egg yolks and sugar for 4-5 minutes with an electric mixer until pale and frothy. Stir through melted chocolate and butter until combined and set aside.

Whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt until firm peaks. Gently fold through the chocolate mixture.

To assemble

Line a straight-sided loaf tin (about 8 x 22cm) with clingwrap. Cut chocolate sponge to the fit the base and sides. Fill with the chocolate mixture.

Cut remaining sponge to cover the top. Cover with clingwrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Carefully remove cake from mould and slice thickly with a hot knife.

Adapted from the ever fabulous Gourmet Traveller


{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Delia April 23, 2011 at 22:44

I made this today, and OMG there was nothing left of it! It was sinfully delicious! You definitely do not need much of this to satisfy any chocolate craving! Thanks heaps! :)


Citrus and Candy April 24, 2011 at 01:17

Hi Delia, sinful is definitely the right word to use here! How indulgent! Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed it :D


Spencer October 8, 2010 at 10:30

What awesome pictures! The recipe doesn't look all that difficult too.


procrastinatingbaker March 14, 2010 at 17:24

That looks great – where did you say your 'hood was?!


Becky March 13, 2010 at 15:06

It looks like heaven, and the photographs are great.


foodwink March 13, 2010 at 08:16

That looks like a 140% effort to me. You can never have too much chocolate, right?


Kitchen Butterfly March 13, 2010 at 08:08

That is one delicious choccie meatloaf. I love meatloaf. There's nothing wrong with that! It looks delish. Would be delish with some creme fraiche or icecream, topped maybe with some citrus dust….


Sarah Vino March 13, 2010 at 01:54

Delish!! Love the two layers, all around the cake. I have a few choccie notes on my blog too :)


Katherine March 12, 2010 at 21:47

Ohh Karen I'm literally drooling here. Look at it. Holy guacomole batman. I want the whole thing.


Simon@theheartoffood March 11, 2010 at 07:55

I love the insane richness of chocolate marquis and yours was so nice!

Thanks for bringing and sharing :)


Belle@OohLook March 11, 2010 at 01:54

I can feel a slight expansion in my hips by just looking at the photos. If it tastes as good as it looks, then bring it on!


Xiaolu March 10, 2010 at 21:17

This looks rich and delicious and your photos are great. Didn't notice the size of the cake at all until you pointed it out.


Lisa March 10, 2010 at 17:58

Oh my! I had a chocolate desert bookmarked for a dinner party on Saturday, but I might just have to make this instead, it looks wonderful.


Phuoc'n Delicious March 10, 2010 at 12:02

*hands up* Pick me! Pick me!

What a lovely dessert you have here… *drools*


Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 10, 2010 at 05:11

Oh god how is the outside holding all the deliciousness inside? It's a triumph of physics! It looks SO good!


the food addicts March 10, 2010 at 00:17

oh wow, that cake looks so ridiculously moist! i gotta try this sometime. i like really silky-type desserts, like this. i wouldn't mind stuffing my face with this chocolate marquise.


NasiLemakLover March 9, 2010 at 14:18

Your shots are awesome !


FFichiban March 9, 2010 at 13:18

Hee hee CLIMAX!! :( I am kicking myself for missing out all the awesome fooding at lexs X(


penny aka jeroxie March 9, 2010 at 11:04

One more chocolate moment for me…. Easter is round the corner. I need to get cracking


panda March 9, 2010 at 10:48

the marquise looks so silkenly smooth! yum!


bake in paris March 9, 2010 at 10:02

Smart photography! I am staring at those alluring texture of the Chocolate Marquise. Karen, I am sure you are giving 100% (if not 110%) to this post….

Sawadee from bangkok,


Mark @ Cafe Campana March 9, 2010 at 07:09

This looks great. It looks rich but I am sure a dollop of creme fraiche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream would enhance the experience. I love great looking deserts I can prepare ahead of time. My friends will love it but perhaps I wont tell them what is in it.


mlle délicieuse March 9, 2010 at 06:57

Oh, think I just got a chocolate overload by looking at the pics! However it's always a good thing to have some friends with which to share around the chocolate (and fat) love =p


Emma @CakeMistress March 9, 2010 at 06:57

Oh gosh, I'm imagining the gooey chocolatey centre on my tastebuds now. You're incredible!
Can totally relate to your life/blog balance problems. Give me baking and writing anyday :) Except, of course, once you make something, someone has to eat it. We made 36 cookies a few days ago and now there's none. And there's only two of us in the house, eek!


chocolatesuze March 9, 2010 at 05:11

heh i quite like the word 'nub'. heh. nub. nub nub. nub nub nub.


@InMktgWeTrust March 9, 2010 at 02:18

This is absolutely wrong! I had some lame pre-maid couscous for lunch and here i am landing on this page. Which looks…fantastic.

If you allow me a suggestion, add a hint of grand-marnier to get a citrus kick to it. taste great.

Oh and also, one of my client is launching a comp* to win buckets of Lindt Balls, I thought this might be of interest. The comp is on Facebook


*for chocolate addicts only


zurin March 9, 2010 at 02:01

I need to make this and then give it away. it looks luscious and wordlessly beautiful. look at that filling! you got me again with teh chcolate thing….ill gv it ti my daughter to bring to office…yes.


Memoria March 9, 2010 at 01:23

Lacklustre photos?! Where?!! OMG!! These photos and the dessert are BEYOND AMAZING!!! Wow. How impressive. It sounds so delicious and rich.


Anh March 8, 2010 at 23:22

This looks perfect~ I gotta agree! ;)


Steph March 8, 2010 at 22:17

Holy-8 eggs-Batman! No wonder it tasted so sinfully rich :) You are the queen of chocolate desserts and overusing the word climax haha


billy@atablefortwo March 8, 2010 at 21:49

yummo this looks sinfully climax-licious! LOL I was wondering how the mousse can hold inside the cake. very intriguing.


Ellie March 8, 2010 at 20:30

Yes, do what you do best! More chocolate :)


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