Monday 14 January 2013

Cava mousse cake with berries

(English version below)

This cake was the dessert of New Year’s Eve dinner at home; I had been thinking about what to do during all day and suddenly, I thought about making a cava cake. In addition, I had some mixed berries in the freezer so I felt like making it as I imagined the combination of flavors. It turned out to be a very easy and beautiful cake. Some of you already saw the photos in Facebook as I was making it, but I had so many recipes to share that I decided to set aside this for some days. It emerges this week when there are festivities in my town, so maybe someone will be encouraged to prove it as the dessert of one of the heavy lunches that are expecting us.

I know It can seem strange for a town to has its festivities immediately after Christmas, when neither the stomach nor your pocket have already recovered, but there is a reason, this was the time of the year in which people, almost all of whom were farmers, had more money as a result of selling their harvests. It has changed nowadays, the amount of farmers has totally decreased, but we keep doing it as a tradition.

Now, it is time for the cake. Let me advance you that I forgot taking photos of the unmold cake, so you will have to make it to see it…

-   Sponge cake, muffins or digestive cookies with melted butter.


-    400ml heavy cream
-    500ml cava
-    200g sugar
-    5 gelatine leaves

Take a springform cake and put the pieces of muffin, the sponge cake or the grounded digestive cookies in the bottom of the pan, take care to cover the entire surface while gently pressing down the crust.


-  Mixed berries
-  250ml cava
-  200ml water
-  100g sugar
-   3 gelatine leaves

In a pot, bring the cava and sugar and cook for ten minutes or until it has reduced by half. Remove and let cool slightly before adding the gelatin leaves.  Meanwhile, whip the cream and, carefully, combine it with the cava and sugar. Pour in the springform cake and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours.

After this time, place the cava, water and sugar in a pot and bring it to boil for ten minuts or until reduced by half, let it cool and add the gelatin leaves. Sprinkle the mixed berries over the top and cover wiht the cava gelatin. Chill in the fridge for two or three hours before unmolding.

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