The Anatomy of an Entremet – Part 1

(Photo taken from Paris Breakfasts blog)

Within the pastry world, an entremet is typically a multi-layered mousse-based cake comprising of different complementary flavors with varying textural contrasts. A well executed entremet should adhere to the basic principles of visual appeal, textural contrast, and, of course, taste. The beauty of entremets comes from the myriad of shapes it can take on (round, pyramid, rectangular, hexagonal, teardrop, dome shapes) and the abundance of colours within the multi-layer attributes of this mousse cake. The taste receptor should be challenged as well with different combinations of taste sensations like salty, sour, sweet and bitter.

Conceiving a well constructed and well balanced tasting entremet lies in it the way each flavor component is assembled and complements each other.Within an entremet, it is typical to have three or four different complementary component flavors of varying textural contrasts.To the uninitiated, an entremet may seem like a lot of work that is very difficult to produce but in actual fact, making entremets are easy if you approach it in a step by step fashion.

In this post, I thought I would take you through the production of one of my favorite entremets from Fauchon, the “Intense”.Intense is a chocolate entremet for the chocolate purist.It is comprised of a chewy brownie base, a praliné feuilleté layer, a layer consisting of a piece of tempered chocolate sprinkled with cocoa nibs, and a chocolate cremeux layer.All these components are surrounded by a smooth and creamy dark chocolate mousse.To cater to those home bakers out there, I have modified the original professional recipe to a simpler version that I will be posting below.Since there are many components in this entremet, I have broken up this post into three separate postings to go through the steps to produce and assemble this fabulous cake.

Intense (Part 1)

Brownie (Base for cake)

200g Fine granulated sugar
70g All purpose flour
40g Cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/8 tsp Salt
60g Unsalted butter
56g 55% Couverture chocolate
50g Whole egg
60g Egg whites
15g Vegetable oil

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Celsius.
– Grease three 14 cm round cake pans or cake rings. Lay a 6 inch round piece of parchment paper on the inside bottom each pan or if you’re using cake rings, just lay a large piece of parchment between the cake rings and the baking sheets.
– Sift the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl.
– Melt the couverture chocolate together with the butter in a mixing bowl over a bain marie or in a microwave. Once melted, mix until well combined.
– In a large mixing bowl, add the fine granulated sugar, whole egg and egg whites. Using a mixing spoon, mix the sugar with the eggs until you have a combined wet mixture.
– Add the vegetable oil to the wet mixture and mix until well combined.
– Add the warm chocolate mixture to the wet mixture and mix until well combined.
– Fold in the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Fold carefully until combined.
– Divide the brownie batter into three equal portions and pour each portion into the cake moulds (pan or ring).
– Bake for roughly 12-15 minutes. You will know when the brownie is done when the centre is somewhat firm to the touch.
– Remove from oven, let cool, wrap the cakes and place it in the fridge or freezer for cake assembly later on.
– You’ll only use one of the brownies for the base of this cake so you can store the other two pieces for future use.
– The brownie base should be roughly 1.25 cm in height. If it is too high after baking, you can trim the top of the brownie to the required height.

Praliné Feuilleté

45g Praliné paste
24g Pailleté feuilletine
11g Milk chocolate, preferably Valrhona’s Jivara Milk Chocolate
5g Unsalted butter

– Melt milk chocolate together with unsalted butter
– Add melted chocolate mixture to praliné paste and combine
– Add pailleté feuilletine to chocolate/praliné paste mixture
– Using a 14 cm ring mould, spread the mixture into the mould
– Put into fridge or freezer to set
– Once set, wrap up and store in the fridge or freezer for cake assembly later on
– The praliné feuilleté layer should be roughly 1.25 cm in height.

Chocolate Cremeux

80g Fresh milk
80g Heavy cream
20g Egg yolks
8g Fine granulated sugar
56g Dark chocolate (70%) – Preferably Valrhona’s Guanaja Chocolate
1 tsp Powdered gelatin

– Prepare three 14 cm ring moulds by wrapping cling wrap around the bottom of each ring and place the rings on top of a baking sheet.  Alternatively, you can also use 14cm cake pans.  Simply lay some cling wrap in the inside of the cake pans
– Put chocolate into a mixing bowl
– Combine fresh milk with heavy cream in a small pot
– In a small bowl, mix powdered gelatin with a little water. Let sit for 5 minutes and then heat mixture in microwave until melted
– Put egg yolks and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Heat milk/heavy cream mixture until it starts to boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, pull from heat and slowly pour the hot liquid into the egg yolk mixture while mixing with a whisk at the same time
– Pour egg mixture back into pot and continue to heat over a small fire. Continuously whisk over the fire until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon
– Pour cooked egg mixture over the dark chocolate.  Wait for 5 minutes and then combine together
– Pour in dissolved gelatin into warm chocolate mixture.
– Divide mixture into three portions and pour into each ring mould or cake pan
– Place filled rings or cake pans into a freezer and freeze until set. Once frozen, remove from ring moulds or cake pans and then wrap each portion with cling wrap and store until cake is ready to be assembled
– You’ll only use one of the chocolate cremeux layers in the final assembly of this cake so you can store the other two pieces for future use
– The chocolate cremeux should be roughly 1.25 cm in height

That’s it for part 1.  In part 2 of my next posting, I will show you how to make the chocolate mousse and prepare for the final assembly of the cake.


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16 Responses to “The Anatomy of an Entremet – Part 1”

  1. joeel1 Says:

    looks delicious…
    can’t wait for the next part.

  2. Crankshaft Says:

    I’m hooked, and so is my colleague too. If I continue to read blogs at work, none of us will get any work done. 🙂

  3. stickofachef Says:

    Hi Crankshaft,

    Thanks for dropping by. Perhaps I should put a disclaimer in my blog stating that reading blog posts about French cakes and pastries during work time is bad for work productivity! 😀

  4. joeel1 Says:

    where shall we get Feuilletine?… can we replace it with something else?…

  5. stickofachef Says:

    Hi Joeel1,

    Depending on where you are located, you can get feuilletine at professional pastry ingredient shops. You can, like Pierre Hermé does in his ‘Chocolate Desserts’ book, use rice krispies as a replacement. However, you will not get the same taste as feuilletine since rice krispies on its own has a bland taste while feuilletine has a sweet caramelized flavor.

  6. joeel1 Says:

    i’m living in KL.
    been in few bakery shop, but still couldnt find feuilletine. the only place that i know that supply feuilletine is “Classic Fine Food”. but i need to buy it in bulk.
    do you know any other good professional baking supply in KL?…

  7. stickofachef Says:

    Hi Joeel1,

    Classic Fine Foods is an importer and distributor of high end savory and sweet food ingredients to F&B establishments in KL. As you had experienced, they only sell in bulk. Aeroshield ( is another importer and distributor in KL that specializes in pastry ingredients and they sell pailleté feuilletine (Cacao Barry brand) as well. Your best bet would be to try Pastry Pro ( They are an importer and distributor and have a small retail outlet beside their main warehouse that sells professional level pastry ingredients to home bakers. Give them a call to enquire.

    Good luck

  8. BELINDA Says:

    sorry, can i know when to add in the gelatin mixture? Thanks so much!

    • stickofachef Says:

      Hi Belinda,

      Sorry for the omission in my recipe. I’ve since added the gelatin step into my recipe. Simply add the gelatin into the chocolate mixture just before you pour it into the ring moulds.

      Best of luck!

  9. BELINDA Says:

    THANKS ALOT!!! 😀

  10. BELINDA Says:

    thanks for sharing all these recipes!!! It’s really generous of you to share with us! 😀

  11. janiceyong Says:

    Many Thanks,

    For this perfect place

  12. suziconfuzi Says:

    This picture looks Yummy, the directions look long and extensive and complex…wish me luck!

    • stickofachef Says:

      Hi suziconfuzi,

      Thanks so much for dropping by. I do wish you lots of luck.

      Wishing you a Happy New Year as well. 🙂


  13. Maynard Says:

    Hi Chef,

    Thanks for sharing your instructions. I saw an entremet with a diagonal stripe cake wrapped around the entire mousse. I was wondering how that is accomplished. Thanks!

    • stickofachef Says:

      Hi Maynard,

      If you could provide a photo of the cake, that would help for me to visualise what you are referring to. I would then be able to help.


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