What is an Entremet?
Published: April 2nd, 2020 | Last Updated: August 24th, 2021
An entremet is a cake composed of multiple components assembled into layers, encased in a mousse, enrobed with a glaze and topped with fine decorations. Entremets come in all different colours, shapes and sizes and can showcase a variety of flavour combinations. Making an entremet requires the precise execution of many traditional French pastry techniques. Entremets are an impressive and delectable dessert and would be perfect to celebrate a special occasion. They are available to buy from patisseries, nice cafes, or as a dessert at high-end restaurants.
What is an Entremet made of?
Component Layers and Inserts
On the inside of the entremet cake there are layers of various dessert components. They are also commonly referred to as ‘inserts’ as the layers are inserted into the mousse during assembly. There are endless possibilities for the inner components which could involve a combination of layers such as a cremeux, jelly, compote, sponge or biscuit. Each layer plays a role in contributing to the overall balance of the cake such as bringing creaminess, tartness, a crunch, lightness, nuttiness or decadence. The layers are hidden, wrapped by a layer of mousse, so it is always enticing to slice into the entremet and reveal the surprises and layers inside. The layers would usually at least consist of a chocolate crunch and light sponge or dacquoise.
The main body of an entremet cake is usually a chocolate, fruity or nutty mousse. It encases all other inner components of the cake and defines the shape of the entremet. The mousse is shaped by initially freezing it within a silicone mould or cake ring. The most common shape is a cylinder using cake rings, but there are now many varieties of silicone moulds to achieve a dynamic range of looks and themes to suit any flavour or occasion. The mousse should be soft and airy, but be sturdy enough to hold its shape when the cake is taken out of the fridge for cutting and serving. Not all mousse recipes will be suitable for an entremet. Entremet mousse recipes sometimes add gelatin or cocoa butter to help maintain its shape.
Entremets have a sleek, uniform and even coating which is achieved by enrobing the mousse body in a glaze. The trending finish is a super smooth and glossy reflective layer called a ‘high-shine mirror glaze’. Glazes can be in a variety of colours and styles ranging from classical chocolate and solid colours to the more extravagant marble, spider-web or metallic shimmer styles. When applying the glaze, it must be hot and fluid enough to coat the entremet evenly, but be able to set so it doesn’t run off. A good glaze has no bubbles, lumps and maintains its shine and colour after freezing or refrigerating. Glazes add little to no flavour and mainly act as a beautiful veil that conceals all the wonderful surprises inside.
Decorations and Toppings
Entremets are visually stunning, which is mainly attributed to the arrangement of intricate and sophisticated decorations. The styles can range from being minimalistic and elegant to being more elaborate with larger, more abstract 3-dimensional toppings. Decorations also affect the overall texture and flavour of the entremet cake. Such flavours and textures can be achieved by the bitterness and snap of a chocolate circle, the crisp of a delicate tuile, or the crunch and nutty-ness of a dentelle shard. Dressing an entremet is truly a window into an artist’s mind - the creativity for entremets far exceed a mere ‘cherry on top’ and can be as beautiful as an expressive piece of fine art.
Contrary to other popular cake decoration styles, the entremet cake decorations are not characterised by the ‘over-the-top’, ‘naked’ or ‘drip’ looks nor covered with textured creamy frostings or extravagant piped embellishments.
Try it yourself!
Entremets are hands-down one of the best desserts to learn and showcase a variety of skills and techniques. With a standard household freezer, an entremet will take 2-3 nights of work. Making an entremet is full of satisfying moments such as when the mousse is unmoulded, enrobed in a shiny mirror glaze and adorned with your delicate decorations. Undisputedly, what you get after those days of hard work is a delicious and sophisticated cake your friends will talk about for years to come. Completing an entremet is no easy feat and is something you can really be proud of as a dessertisan.
Now that you know what an entremet is, you may want to see and try some of our recipes! These entremet recipes are original creations and contain all the information and instructions to create an entremet. Feel free to mix and match different components to suit your tastes.
Entremet Component Recipes
An entremet is made up of a collection of components. Here are some recipes of various entremet components you can mix and match to create your own!
Entremet Decoration Recipes
An entremet is not complete without decorations! Here are our favourite entremet decoration recipes you can mix-and-match to create your look.