Gâteau Succès

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This cake tastes better if it is assembled a day before serving. It can also be kept, refrigerated, for up to one week, depending on the freshness of the butter cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups/150 g ground blanched almonds
  • 2 tbsp/15 g potato starch or cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups/300 g sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • butter cream
  • confectioners’ sugar (to sprinkle)
  • 2 oz/60 g chopped toasted almonds

Pastry bag with in/1.5 cm plain tube

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 250°F/120°C.
  2. To make the almond meringue: mix together ground almonds, potato starch or cornstarch, and all but 6 tablespoons of the sugar. Stiffly whip the egg whites, add the remaining sugar and continue whipping for 30 seconds or until the mixture forms a glossy meringue that holds peaks. Fold in the almond mixture in 3 batches.
  3. Pipe 3 meringue rounds following the instructions. Bake in the preheated oven until crisp and dry, 40-50 minutes. While meringue is still warm, trim rounds neatly with a sharp knife. Transfer them to a rack to cool. Make butter cream and flavor it with praline or coffee.
  4. To assemble the cake: spread about one quarter of the butter cream on a meringue layer. Add the second layer, spread with more butter cream and top with the remaining meringue layer. Spread remaining butter cream over the top and sides, reserving 2-3 tablespoons.
  5. Sprinkle the top thickly with confectioners’ sugar and press chopped almonds around the edge of the cake. Make a paper piping cone, fill it with the reserved butter cream and pipe the word “succès” across the top.

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