Sunday, December 27, 2009

“SUNRISE” Caribbean and Mango Mousse with Almond Sponge

 “SUNRISE” Caribbean and Mango Mousse with Almond Sponge

Unlike the conventional chocolate log available in most bakeries and patisseries, hotel chefs tend to present their log cakes in unique flavours with the focus of using mousse.

The log cakes available at Ritz Carlton for this year were
- “C²” Vanilla Cheesecake with Gingerbread Sable topped with Berries ($58+)
- “MD 139” Chestnut Mousse with Brandy Pear ($58+)
- “SUNRISE” Caribbean and Mango Mousse with Almond Sponge ($58+)
- “SUNSET” Pistachio and Raspberry Mousse with Pistachio Pain de Gene ($78+)
- “Chocolate3” Chocolate Fudge Sponge layered with Chocolate Ganache ($88+)

Decided to stick to Ritz Carlton's Sunrise since the hotel's mango mousse cake has impressed the last time round.

Cross section of "Sunrise"

With an outer ring of mango génoise cake, a layer of passionfruit-taste alike mousse, a mango "pudding" in its core, sitting on a layer of almond sponge, this cake provides a very contrasting texture when eaten all together. Unlike Gourmet Carousel's 2009 log cakes, this isn't that cloying and easily finished.

The only complain, since this cake has reached its minimum sugar content to produce a successful logcake, the hotel pastry chef was unable to further reduce the sugar content. To some, it is alittle tad sweet while others felt that it is alittle sour to their liking (FYI, a sample size of 12).

To sum up all the log cakes we had in 2009, the most memorable one would be the Durian Profiteroles X'mas Tree from Goodwood Park but among all the cakes I had within this week, I have to give it to The Patissier's Strawberry Cognac.

To all our readers, this is our last entry of the year. We take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year. We will be back next year for more desserts.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799
Tel: 6434 5288


ice said...

I guessed it coz "Sunset" was featured in the media & "Sunrise" looks & seems similar. Any idea why the disparity in price? And does Ritz Carlton sell the mango mousse in slices? I'm dying for it.

Fen said...

Both Sunrise and Sunset was served at the Christmas Eve Buffet. Now that you mentioned, the glossy finish and white chocolate curls are common in both. Not sure why there is an additional $10+ for Sunset but Sunset is so sour that the various layers weren't obvious...

Some time ago, I came across an article in Culinary Oasis published in Dec 2008, indicating that Ritz Carlton do sell macarons so I wrote to Ritz Carlton to ask them about take-aways. Apparently, even macarons requires 2 days notice to pre-order.

I doubt they have it in slice since the sliced cakes available during Christmas were
- Champagne Mousse with Sour Cherry Confit
- White Coffee Éclair
- Lemon Mousse with Pistachio Cream and Sable
- Milk Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate Crème, Caramel and Pecan Nut Dacuqoise
- Passion Fruit Mousse with Strawberry Sponge

Each at $7.50+ per slice.

If you are keen about their mango cake, try their Mango Mousse with Mango Jelly topped with Fresh Mango ($58+), that cake is even more godly than the log cake.

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