Baking| Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus … For #NellysBigDay

Marriage Tip # 100 “Dot daily with a sense of humor”
Elizabeth Besa Quirino

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus

“And …I said YESSSSS!”
It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @ nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M”,as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.
So here we are, Nelly dear, your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian,all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!
Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.
Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.
Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.
Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.
Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily. Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST. Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.
Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available. Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.
Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life!
{Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen}

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus These Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus were a big hit! Can’t go wrong with dark chocolate and strawberries, a pairing made in heaven. These were decadent and festive, almost a gateau celebration in themselves, so I am posting them for sweet Nellys Virtual  Bridal Shower! I got in on the event a little late, but am thrilled to be part of the surprise bridal shower for this very sweet lady with a very sweet tooth! Thank you Sanjeeta for roping me in, me who loves LOVES twitter to death, but have been missing from it for far too long. It’s good to be back in the midst of all the frenzied tweets, the excited timelines, the viral food talk … and the fun events and camaraderie for great tweeps like Nelly or rather Marnelly!Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus Just back from a short, wonderful trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, a trip I could only have dreamt of, a country I never imagined I would be fortunate enough to visit, and bets placed on the fact that the dwarves would miss me and their organised lives which was about to be upside down for 4 days! To cushion the kids rough ride, I made them these Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus … I hear they were divine, and so can’t resist sending them {virtually} for Nelly’s bridal shower!!

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus Best wishes to you sweet Nella for this most wonderful time of your life. Hope your days with M are filled with passion and love. ENJOY!!!

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus It’s been wonderful being part of this huge, fantastic, very excited group Nella’s virtual bridal shower brought together. We whispered loudly, we emailed ferociously, we confused each other endlessly {12am/12pm/EST???}, we giggled, we laughed like nervous brides {and grooms?} … and we supported each other! Please catch our posts us on twitter with #nellysbigday, and on the linky love below.Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus These mini gateaus were made out of a leftover layer from a 16th birthday cake I made for my daughters dear friend. The order – “Cake to be made, CHOCOLATY CHOCOLATY CHOCLATY, oh, with strawberries too!” Pictures were taken and mailed at each stage {making me very nervous}, drafts of what was to be written on top down to the last dot and dash, NO CHANGES AT ALL, colour combinations … and the phrase ‘very chocolaty‘ being rung out repeatedly! So many instructions that I almost lost my nerve and whatever creative bend of mind I possessed.Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Cake{If you wish to make the birthday cake, then you will need 2 portions of the batter for 2 cakes that will give you a 6 layer cake, enough for about 20-25 folk. The chocolate pastry creme filling is enough for a 6 egg cake, with a little extra.}


Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Bake Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 mini gateaus

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Mini Cloud Gateaus

Light as cloud, mini dark chocolate cakes, smothered with a deep chocolaty pastry creme, strawberries nestled within. Dust with white chocolate shavings, and a sprig of mint ... get set for the holiday season!


150gms plain flour

30gms cocoa powder

2 tsps baking powder

pinch of salt

150gm powdered sugar

5tbsp neutral oil

5 tbsp water

3 eggs, separated

Zest of 1 orange

1tsp pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Pastry Cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 egg yolks

1 vanilla bean, scraped

Pinch of salt

170gm dark couverture chocolate 5-65%, room temperature

200ml low fat milk, hot

100ml low fat milk, cold

40-50gm cornflour


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Line an 8"springform tin. (the original recipe uses 2 8" sandwich tins)
  2. With a balloon whisk, mix the flour, cocoa, baking powdered sugar and salt in a large bowl. Reserve.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg whites till they hold medium firm peaks. Keep aside.
  4. Whisk the oil, water, yolks, zest and vanilla extract together and on low speed, mix into the dry ingredients until smooth.
  5. Fold the whites gently into the yolk mixture.
  6. Turn into lined tin & bake for about 45 minutes till well risen & golden brown. Check if it is done with a wooden pick.( Slide a sheet of foil lightly over the top if it begins to brown too fast).
  7. Leave in tin for 10 minutes, & then cool completely on rack.
  8. Once cool, cut into 4 layers. Stack up the layers and cut into 4 X 3" circles to fit into 3" dessert rings.{16 circles}
  9. Place a layer of cake, top with a generous tbsp or two of chilled pastry creme. level the creme with an offset spatual, scatter chopped strawberries, follow with another layer of cake, and then a tbsp or two more of pastry creme. Scatter chopped strawberries on top. Repeat with the other rings. Leave to set for 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
  10. Serve with freshly halved strawberries, a dusting of icing sugar, white chocolate shavings and a sprig of mint.
  11. Chocolate Pastry Cream
    {Stove top method}
  12. Bring the milk, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt to a gentle boil in a pot.
  13. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks and sugar with a wooden spoon in a big bowl until the mixture becomes pale and light. Stir in the flour slowly until it is thoroughly mixed with the egg mixture.
  14. Pour the boiling milk into the mixture a little by little while whisking continuously to avoid curdling. And then stir in the rest of the milk until the mixture is well combined.
  15. Transfer the whole mixture into a pot, with the chocolate and seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, and heat it under low setting. Stir it constantly with the wooden spoon or spatula scraping the sides and bottom until it has thickened.
  16. Once the custard has thickened, take it off the heat, and strain / pour it into a clean bowl. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then chill in the fridge for 2 hours.It should be thick and spoonable.
  17. {For the Thermomix}
  18. Whiz the sugar in the TM bowl on Speed 9 for 10 seconds, then add the yolks and run on Speed 5 for 5 seconds
  19. Mix the cornflour into the cold milk.
  20. Add the chocolate, and warm milk to the TM bowl, and begin cook at 100C / 7 minutes, Speed 4. As soon as the TM begins to run, pour in the cold cornflour mix into the bowl through the shute, and shut.
  21. Check after 7 minutes if the pastry creme is as thick as you like, else run for another few minutes. Immediately transfer to a serving bowl and proceed as above.

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This is my recipe/post for the virtual bridal shower for Nelly hosted by Sanjeeta kk at Lite Bite.
Special thanks to Heather for the logo, Elizabeth for the intro write up and to Junia for the spreadsheet.
Intro paragraph written by Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

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  • 4 years ago

    This is why..this is why..I could have never imagined any virtual party without you, Deeba! You add those extra stars to every event that you are in. And what a decadent treat you have created for our virtual shower for Nelly.
    Love you for all the graciousness you extend to your fellow bloggers and more for never failing in giving credits & paying gratitude to all with whom you associate. All my hard work for the last few days seems worthwhile with this post.
    Thanks again for being one of my strongest support on line.
    Love and tight hugs.

  • 4 years ago

    Divine. Just divine. This is like chocolate heaven. Lovely presentation too! 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Divilishly tempting and so pretty! Those individual cakes are terrific.



  • GORGEOUS! Perfect for a bridal shower.

  • 4 years ago

    What a wonderful post and contribution to the shower. And your photographs are Just Lovely!! So glad to be a part of Nelly’s Big Day!!

  • Lots of good wishes to Nelly,to begin with!Here is wishing her a lot of love and happiness in her married life.:)
    I am doing a little drinks post and dedicating it to her too.
    As always,another gem from you – beautiful clicks,I am sure it tasted yummy!Noting down/bookmarking this one.:-)

  • 4 years ago

    Oh wow, these definitely are chocolaty!! I love them and the photos are GORGEOUS! Thank you for being a part of this!

  • WOW, this recipe is just beautiful. i love your photography, your food decor, wow! so glad i got to connect with u through this amazing wedding shower. seriously, parties bring ppl together. 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Where are you getting these gorgeous strawberries from, Deeba? I see only puny ones around, especially moving from Mumbai where there’re rushed in from Mahabaleshwar.
    I think a trip to INA market is warranted, I think!

    • 4 years ago

      Hey S. They are from my local market/sabziwala. Mahabaleshwar strawberries at Rs70-80 a box of about 250gms.

      • 4 years ago

        Which part (or phase) of Gurgaon is this? I stay in a part of Gurgaon that has only malls & a Spar.

        • 4 years ago

          We are on the other side of the expressway…Palam Vihar

          • 4 years ago

            Managed to get some frozen blueberries & raspberries sold under the brand name ‘The Connoisseurs’. Priced at 150/200 gms. A bit steep. Have you tried them before?

  • 4 years ago

    What a lovely gesture! Wish the lady and her beau can enjoy this cake as it looks scrumptious. Love the pastry cream idea.

  • 4 years ago

    This is such a sweet post and Nelly is lucky to have such wonderful friends…and with such skills in the kitchen! Your cloud cakes look so delicious – I love the combination of dark chocolate and strawberries.

  • 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I always love strawberries paired with chocolate.

  • 30AEATS
    4 years ago

    I read this post over and over! Beautifully done with Stunning photos! Glad to meet you on #NellysBigDay! @fromagechick

  • 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous and you bring such a fun peice to the virtual party !!

  • 4 years ago

    Gorgeous and pretty looking stunning gateaux..

  • Right now, I’m wishing this were a real party so I could have one of those gorgeous mini cakes. They look delicious!

  • Annapet
    4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous, Deeba!

  • 4 years ago

    Pastry cream with low fat milk??? Will give it a shot right away!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4 years ago

    OMG these are sooo perfect.. And I keep falling in love with your photography with every post!

  • These are gorgeous! I can’t have enough of your bakes, beautiful photos and great styling!

  • 4 years ago

    This’s truly a splendid treat and I’m all enthused to dig in. And yea I want a generous topping of those love berries too!

  • 4 years ago

    I think dark chocolate and strawberry are a match made from heaven! Amazing dessert!

    • 4 years ago

      Thank you for your ever so sweet words Daisy. You are too kind!

  • 4 years ago

    These sounds divine! It’s so nice of you all to congratulate Nelly like this 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Super looking cakes! Can’t wait to try them myself.

  • 4 years ago

    such a lovely gesture….and the gateaus look stunning deeba !

  • 4 years ago

    I would love to take the journey to forever with these choco-strawberry treats with me…Lovely and heavenly! Just like what marriage is all about. I know it is not all sweet and pretty, it comes with hardwork too, but the experience will all be worth it, bring it on! Cheers to a happy life! I love your blog!

  • 4 years ago

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  • 4 years ago

    Wow..those caks are beautiful, as is the whole cake – the decor so professional, but better than professional! I bet Nelly would love for you to make her wedding cake..I know I would!!

  • 4 years ago

    This looks sooooooo good. Beautiful, delicious, I so want a taste of it.

  • 4 years ago

    oh wow simple beautiful as always 🙂

  • Right now, I’m wishing I can get married all over again just so that my food blogger friends can throw me a superb virtual bridal shower like this. Nelly’s one lucky girl! Your mini-chocolate gateaus have me unashamedly drooling, and that birthday cake you made looks very pretty too.

    Btw, love that marriage tip on top, it’s so, so true!

  • 4 years ago

    Amazing cakes and I want these for my wedding…. please. Gorgeous and these are so bookmarked! Lucky Nelly to have so much love around her!

  • Liz
    4 years ago

    Oh my gosh they look so delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • 4 years ago

    hi !!
    This looks absolutely phenomenal !
    Definitely trying it soon 🙂
    and the pictures are stunning !!

  • 4 years ago

    Hi !!
    these look absolutely phenomenal !
    Definitely trying them soon 🙂
    And the pictures are stunning !

  • Michele
    4 years ago

    Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe..This cake is good on holiday season..I like the strawberry..

  • 4 years ago

    What is a sweet idea. I am constantly in awwed of your skills.

  • 4 years ago

    I’m not much of a cake man, but I’d have to make an exception for that.

  • 3 months ago

    Cakes look so delicious, I’ll try to make it. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe

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