This Pave d’Amour or Cake of Love is truly a celebration cake made for all the highlights of life. It is one of those recipes that looks daunting but actually isn’t. It just requires a schedule and can be done over a number of days or even weeks as desired. While not as fast as some cakes, its complexity is what makes it so special.
The original recipe for Pave d’Amour came from Alice Medrich’s first book “Cocolat”. Her version is a square cake and is stunning as are all her recipes. While her cake called for a sponge cake, I used the yellow cake which adds to the stability of the cake and also to its taste. We used the Pave d”Amour as one of our wedding cakes and it is the best celebration cake I know of to this day. When cut, the layering is stunning and never fails to receive accolades. When eaten, it never fails to receive well deserved praise.
We used the whipped ganache in multiple other recipes besides the Pave d’Amour at the bakery. It has a mind of its own and must be made a day or more ahead or it won’t whip. We tried making it in the morning and whipping it in the afternoon and it simply wouldn’t whip. So we just scheduled it in days ahead of time and we were good to go. It can be tricky to whip so take it slow and test it before over beating if you are unsure. If it is over beaten, it cannot be used. However, this is perfect when a heavy chocolate ganache would be overpowering. As with many things in baking and pastry, it just takes getting used to. Continue reading