Cocoa Pod Heart

Plated Dessert

Cocoa Pod Heart

Created by
  • Davide Comaschi
    Head of the Chocolate Academy Milano
level 3
Recipe components

Chocolate sponge cake

  • 300g
  • 180g
    icing sugar
  • 150g
    whole egg(s)
  • 240g
    egg yolks
  • 300g
    egg white
  • 120g
    granulated sugar
  • 300g
    almond flour
  • 120g
    flour 0

Whisk butter and icing sugar, add eggs and yolks and mix well.
When medium peak is reached, whisk egg whites and semolated sugar and in the meantime melt the chocolate at 45°C.
Once the butter mass is whipped, add melted chocolate and a small quantity of egg whites.
Then sprinkle the flours. The flours will have to be sieved together at least twice before being added.
For the dough to remain shining and stiff, flours and small quantities of beaten egg whites should be alternated.
inish with a good quantity of beaten egg whites.
bake in a mould at 180°C for about 35 minutes.


  • 3g
    fine orange zest
  • 6g
    vanilla bean
  • 190g
  • 75g
  • 225g
    shortcrust flour
  • 1g
  • 40g
    orange juice

Melt the salt in the orange juice. In the planetary mixer, knead butter and flavours and add the remaining ingredients.
In the end, add the melted cocoa mass at 30°C and mix.
Add the cocoa nibs.


Chocolate mousse


(Infused cream: 1 liter of cream + 150 g of roasted cocoa nibs)
Heat to 60°C cream and honey and pour it over the couverture and jelly. Then put it in the cutter mixer for 3 minutes.
Blast chill and then whisk in the planetary mixer.

Vanilla cream


(Infused cream: 1 liter of cream + 300 g of roasted cocoa nibs)
Heat to 60°C cream, sugar, yolks and vanilla, and pour it over cocoa butter and gelatine. Mix with a cutter mixer for 3 minutes.
Blast chill and then whisk in the planetary mixer.

Shining coating

  • 360g
  • 280g
  • 700g
    granulated sugar
  • 80g
  • 180g
    cocoa powder
  • 28g
  • 140g

Bring to the boiling point cream, water, sugar, and glucose. When it boils, add sieved cocoa and finish cooking until the temperature of 105° C is reached.
Add the gelatine when temperature is below 70°C.