Total: 9 hr 5 min(includes chilling and setting times)
Active: 45 min
Yield:8 to 12 servings
1 of 10 servings
I've become very familiar with a lot of cool baking terms and techniques since becoming a judge for several baking competitions, and one of my favorite desserts has become an entremet. This dessert can feature layers of different sauces, mousses and cake. My entremet has layers of pound cake, blackberry-mascarpone mousse and pecan praline.
Thinly slice the pound cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. Set aside.
Make the blackberry mascarpone mousse: Beat the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone and beat until stiff peaks form. (Do not overmix.) Fold in the blackberry preserves. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Make the pecan praline: Combine the brown sugar, butter and heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, being careful not to scorch the mixture. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat with a hand mixer on low speed until the mixture thickens to spreading consistency, about 3 minutes. Fold in the pecans and set aside until ready to assemble.
Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Place one layer of cake on the bottom of the plastic wrap. Top with the pecan praline, spreading into an even layer. Top with another slice of pound cake, followed by the blackberry mascarpone mousse, spreading into an even layer. Top with the remaining slice of pound cake. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to overnight, or freeze until set, for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Remove the cake from the loaf pan, unwrap and place on a wire rack over a piece of parchment paper.
Make the glaze: Combine the candy melts and coconut oil in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until the mixture is melted. Drizzle the glaze over the cake. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Slice the cake and serve.
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