This Berry Charlotte Cake is an impressive looking dessert perfect for summer days. Though it may look fancy and difficult to make it is quite easy and requires no extra decoration as the ladyfingers do all the trick.
This berry charlotte cake is a refreshing no-bake dessert filled with two layers of chocolate and berry mousse and topped with fresh berries. Not too sweet, a perfect balance between the sweet ladyfingers, semisweet chocolate flavor and tartness of the berry mousse. Definitely a winning dessert, enjoy!
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Berry Charlotte Cake
- 23-25 ladyfingers
- 10 oz (300g) mixed berries , fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup (70g) sugar
- 2 tbsp (30ml) lemon juice
- 2 ½ tsp (7g) gelatin powder
- 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water
- 1 pound (450g) mascarpone , room temperature
- 1 ¾ cup (400g) whipping cream , 35%fat
- 3 tbsp (24g) powdered sugar
For the chocolate Filling
- 5.5 oz (150g) semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup (80g) whipping cream
- 1 tsp (3g) gelatin powder
- 1 tbsp (15ml) water
- Prepare the berry sauce so it has time to cool before preparing the mascarpone filling. Place the berries, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and sieve to remove seeds.
- While the sauce is preparing prepare the gelatin. Dissolve gelatin in cold water and let it swell for about 5-10 minutes.
- Place gelatin over low heat just until the gelatin dissolves and then pour it over sieved berry sauce. Let the berry sauce cool at room temperature while you prepare the rest.
- Line with parchment paper a 8 inch (20 cm) round springform pan.
- Line the edges and bottom of the pan with ladyfingers. Where necessary cut the ladyfingers to fill the gaps.
- Prepare chocolate and berry mousse fillings. Place chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a pan with simmering water. Melt over low heat.
- Prepare the gelatin. Dissolve gelatin in cold water and let it swell for about 5-10 minutes.
- Place gelatin over low heat just until the gelatin dissolves and then pour it over melted chocolate.
- In a large mixing bowl mix mascarpone with powdered sugar until combined. In another bowl whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually incorporate whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.
- Divide mascarpone mixture in two.
- Mix half of the mascarpone mixture with melted chocolate and pour it over the bottom of the pan. Add fresh raspberries or mixed berries on top. Refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes.
- Mix the other half of mascarpone mixture with berry mixture. Pour it on top of chocolate mousse.
- Refrigerate for about 6 hours or overnight until set.
- Before serving decorate with a ribbon, fresh berries and mint leaves.
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Where is the video and why did you not reply to question thru email? Are you really like this towards followers?
Sorry.. I probably didn't notice your email.. , we receive a lot of emails daily and I must say it's quite difficult to follow and answer each, while also have to prepare for the next recipes. Which was the question? thank you
YOU ARE AMAZING
I WILL BE MAKING THIS SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!
First, I want to say a warm HELLO! I don’t actually know where you guys are now, but I am from Romania. I wanted to ask this a long time ago only to find myself forgetting all the time. What instructions can you give on the cream that you use in your recipes. In Romania, for whipping we have cream made from Hydrogenated vegetable fats like margarine and I wanted to know if this is a good substitute or what is the best kind to get in order not to fail. I am always following you recipes , keep up with your work!!. Amazing, xoxox
Could I use Agar Powder? If so does the recipe/ration change?
You can use Agar Powder and the recipe will remain the same.
Is it ok to make this cake 2-3 days in advance, keeping it in the fridge until ready to serve?
Yes, you can do this cake in advance and keep it in the fridge.
Hi Ella. I am a home baker from South Africa. After searching high and low for a Charlotte cake recipe, yours appealed to me the most, so I tried making it and I am very impressed, hence the five star rating. This cake is AMAZING!!!! The flavours are absolutely wonderful. I made it as a birthday cake for my son and EVERYBODY LOVED IT!! ….. It took me an hour and a half to make but once I put it on the table, my guests made a clean sweep in about 10 minutes!!! Now I’d like to try your other recipes as well. Keep up the good work!! Regards Liesl.
Thank you Liesl for your beautiful comment. Means a lot to me. I am really glad you tried this recipe.. we love it too. Happy Birthday to your son! Let me know if you try any other recipes. Cheers,Ella!
Hello – this cake looks amazing! I have a somewhat silly question. Could I make this without the ladyfingers all around? )just do the 2 layers of mousse?) Thank you!
Yes.. sure, you can leave the ladyfingers out and make 2 layers mousse cake. I also have some like this on my website.
Made it with strawberries instead of raspberries as they were the only fruit available that day. Still worked remarkably well. My husband absolutely loves it. Will definitely be making it again.
So happy to hear that Barbara:) Yes, any berries would work wonderful in this recipe.