Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chocolate - Kumquat & Chili Charlotte

Happiness is making everyday sweeter than the day before . HAPPY  VALENTINE’S  DAY  EVERYONE !

Chocolate - Kumquat & Chili Charlotte
Inspired from Régal Magazine
Ingredients  for 4
About 40 boudoirs or ladyfingers
6 kumquats+ 4 for decorate
100 ml water  + 20g sugar
120g of 80% cacao dark chocolate
120g salted butter
100g powdered sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp flour
1/ tsp d’espelette chili
4 mini cake moulds
Raffia strings

For chocolate ganache
100g dark chocolate 25 g butter
1 tbsp icing sugar


1)      In a sauce pan combine all kumquats, water with 20g sugar & bring to a boil for 12 mins . Stir occasionally to dissolve all the sugar . Let to cool .  Remove from syrup & set aside 4 kumquats & chopped or mince the rest of the kumquat into small pieces.  
2)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease cake moulds. Melt chocolate & butter on double boiler or bain-marie till smooth texture . Add in powdered sugar & stir in gradually eggs on at a time . Stir or mix well fir each addition .
3)      Fold in flour , d’espelette chilli & minced kumquats. Mix well till all combined . Pour ¾ batter in individual moulds  & bake for 20 mins . Let to cool before removing from moulds.
4)      For chocolate ganache : Melt chocolate pieces with butter . Stir in icing sugar till smooth .

5)      Trim off one side of each band of ladyfingers to make them exactly the same highs  & also to give a straight bottom edge . Dip the backs of the ladyfingers/ boudoirs with kumquat syrup. Assemble ladyfingers around the cake & tight it with  raffia string . Make sure that it’s well tight. Pour  in chocolate ganache  to the  top of ladyfingers & spread evenly . Chill charlotte for 1 hour .  Before serving brush on some kumquat syrup & topped with few slices of kumquats . 

Submitting this recipe to  One Ingredient challenge hosted by  Laura  of  How To Cook Good Food & co-hosting with  Franglais Kitchen . This month's challenge is all about hot  CHILLI .


  1. Look really, really pretty!!! Happy Valentine's Kit

  2. Hi Kit
    Happy Valentine's Day to you. This chocolate kumquat look extremely gourgeous.... and....looking very very yummy too. Wish I can have one from you....hehehe...but you must have save it for your hb for this special occasion. Have an enjoyable day.

  3. Hi Kit, gosh your cake looks amazing. I love that shiny layer of chocolate on top and yes adding kumquats take it to an entirely new level.

  4. Hi Kit, beautiful cake. :) And I agree, I prefer a homemade card and breakfast made by Hubby/kids ;)

  5. This looks incredible! And sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  6. Hi Kit, Happy Valentine's day to you. May your day fill with joy and love.

    That's a beautiful cake, look so cute and off course it's irresistible. Pass me 1 slice please, i go make coffee.
    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards. With hugs and love to you.

  7. Hi kit, your cake looks lovely. happy belated valentine's day!

  8. This looks amazing!! I hope you had a great Valentine's Day!!

  9. Hi, girl, you married a French so "V" day must be a big celebration to you? I married a piece of "wood" so no celebration, haha! Very pretty-looking cake!

  10. Hi Kit,
    Lovely cake.
    Happy Valentine Day to you!

  11. How good does this look..........and I am very impressed with the chocolate writing.

  12. Wow! What a creative and very impressive dessert, Kit! It looks awesome!

  13. Hi Kit,
    That is a lovely charlotte, and extra special with the kumquat and chili! I have not never tried making Charlotte before even though it is on my list!
    Are those gorgeous roses from your garden? So beautiful!
    Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! We had our valentine dinner having satay with my kids! hahaha!

  14. I'm very sure this chocolate lover would like it ;-) As you know I adore chocolate and chilli together and citrus just makes it even better. Your heart shape is very cleverly done and I'm sure it was much appreciated by your loved ones.

  15. Chocolate and chili sounds really good ! I have yet to try that combo :P Such a pretty cake to bake for yourself lol I'm sure your 3 boys really love this yummy cake ;D

  16. I totally agree with you in making something for your love ones is way way better than buying from the best bakery you could find. Happy Valentines Day and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  17. Hi Kit, a gorgeous creation I must say, bet your loved ones love it too! Am not too late yet to wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai:D

  18. Hi Kit,

    I love to try baking with chocolate and chilli but always chicken out during the actual baking... I must embrace myself to try this one day.


  19. i often hear about the wonders of choc and chilli together, i've yet to try it. Hope you had a lovely valentine's day! your charlotte looks romantic to me..hehe...

  20. This is so cute, love the ladyfingers around the edge! and that chocolate looks so sinfully delicious!

  21. Wow this looks totally divine. I am a big fan of chocolate and chilli together. The flavours really do work and I love the boudoir biscuits which would add a layer of crunch. I like the sharpness of the kumquats syrup to balance the rich dark chocolate.
    Thanks so much for entering One Ingredient! xx