Re-inventing the Fruit Cake...

Following the release and great success of our own version of the Chinese Moon Cakes earlier this year, we wanted to create the same approach to a Western holiday treat – Christmas Fruit Cake. Specifically, we created 2 version of the Fruit Cake: one as a 'Bouchée' collection and the other as a 'Tea Cake' sold as a kit with our novel 'Chocolate Tea'.

Crispy Cherry Cake Ganache Collection

Crispy Cherry Cake Ganache Collection - Like the Moon Cakes, we created this collection based on ingredients associated with the traditional fruit cake, but developed a completely different version as a ‘bouchée’. To start, the cake portion is based on a French specialty called ‘Cake aux fruits’ which is similar to a pound cake in texture and laced with only 3 types of dried fruits: cherry, cranberry and orange peels with some Kirsch brandy. For texture contrast, the cake is placed on top of a disc of hazelnut chocolate praline cream with crispy crepe cookies. And lastly, a soft ganache made with different fruit-based liquid caramels is poured over the crispy praline / cake components. All of the chocolate bouchées are decorated with an almond paste top featuring custom designed patterns representing the holiday theme of snowflakes. Each collection features an assortment of 4 chocolate bouchées in the flavours posted below and is sold in gift box with one each of the flavours in sealed plastic pouches for freshness. 

  • William Pear & Chestnut Cream Caramel Ganache
  • Lychee Rose & Raspberry Caramel Ganache
  • Cassis Blackberry & Elderberry Ganache
  • Mandarin & Orange Zest Caramel Ganache

For the packaging, Wild Sweets® Creative Team custom designed and produced in-house a Limited Edition ‘Holiday’ FoodArt’ print cover for the chocolate boxes. A macro-photography scene representing a ‘stained glass’ theme was created by incorporating the colour scheme typically associated with the holiday season – green and red – and sugar crystals glued on a sheet of bloomed gelatine (providing the glass effect) and artistically coloured with liquid food colour. The image was then superimposed with a ‘graffiti’ inspired brush stroke illustration of the French term – cocoatiers – which translate as ‘chocolate-makers’ in English. The final Limited Edition artwork prints are individually glued by hand in-house on each chocolate box cover.

As per the collection above, this Crispy Chocolate Cherry Orange 'Tea Cake' has the same cake base portion, but does not contain a fresh cream chocolate ganache. Instead, the cake is placed over a crunchy buttery 'sablé' cookie topped with a hazelnut chocolate praline cream with crispy crepe flakes for texture contrast. The cake is then wrapped in a thin layer of almond paste and finished with a dark chocolate coating. And finally, a sheet of almond paste adorned with a custom designed patterns representing holiday themes finishes the cake.

 

The Crispy Chocolate Cherry Tea Cake is sold as a 'Kit' with our unique all natural 'Chocolate Tea'. The Cake serves 6 or more servings (520 g) and comes with 6 Chocolate Tea Bags (6 or more serving) - tea bags only / not as pictured. Note that our unique all natural 'Chocolate Tea' is made entirely from pure in-house roasted cocoa beans / husks only and some vanilla bean powder - no sugar and/or any other ingredients! The tea maybe brewed with some additional aromatic ingredients such as fresh lemongrass, fresh citrus zest, etc. This unique sugar-free infusion is a healthy beverage alternative to coffee as cocoa beans are rich in powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols and naturally contain very low levels of caffeine (less than 10-times that of coffee per serving).

These new seasonal items are available on a Limited Release basis only from November 21 to December 24, 2016 or until supply last, which ever comes first. To guarantee supply, we highly recommend pre-ordering before visiting our The Atelier Chocolate Gallery retail store. Note that the Crispy Chocolate Cherry Tea Cake is packaged differently for orders to be shipped.

Shop our Crispy Cherry Cake Ganache Collection and/or Crispy Chocolate Cherry Tea Cake

Dominique Duby