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chocolate merveilleux cut in half on top of merveilleux decorated with sprinkles

Chocolate Merveilleux (Meringue Cakes)

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Merveilleux (marvelous in French) is an incredibly tasty dessert made from meringues, whipped cream and generally chocolate shavings. It is actually really easy to make once you know how to make a French meringue and is quite a forgiving dessert. You can be as messy as you want and you can customize it as you see fit. And people will still gobble it up within seconds!

chocolate merveilleux cut in half on top of merveilleux decorated with sprinkles

So without further ado, let’s get straight to it! There are three parts to this recipe:

  1. The meringue shells
  2. The chocolate whipped cream
  3. Assembling the merveilleux: We will prepare the chocolate shavings (or sprinkles etc.) and cover and decorate our little meringue cakes.

Preparing The Meringue For The Merveilleux

  • Prepare a French meringue as explained in How to make French meringue cookies.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.
  • Pipe dots on the baking sheet to secure the parchment paper in place.
  • Then for each individual meringue, start from the center and pipe in a circular motion, as if you were drawing a snail. Try to make all the meringues the same size. If you have trouble with that, you could draw circles around a cookie cutter on the back of the parchment paper to serve as a guide.
  • Bake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and let the meringues cool down completely.
3 merveilleux, one coated with chocolate shavings in the middle and 2 with sprinkles

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • Whip the cold heavy cream to soft peaks. Since we will be incorporating the chocolate later, we shouldn’t mix until stiff peaks form or we might end up overbeating the cream. We talked about this when discussing How to make sweetened whipped cream.
  • Refrigerate the cream while gently melting the chocolate in a double boiler (pot placed over a pan of simmering water, without touching the water). You can use the microwave if you’d like and heat in 20 second increments. You can stop just before the chocolate has fully melted, when there are just a few small pieces of chocolate left. Give it a stir. If the chocolate doesn’t melt completely, heat it again for just a few more seconds. It’s important not to overheat the chocolate.
  • When the chocolate cools down to 45-50°C (113-122°F), add a little bit of whipped cream to the chocolate to lighten it.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream and gently fold it in, being careful not to deflate the whipped cream.
close up shot of chocolate merveilleux

The temperature of the chocolate

To get a perfectly smooth texture, you should pay very close attention to the temperature of the chocolate before adding it to the whipped cream. If it is too hot, it will deflate the cream. If it’s too cold, it will solidify and yield a grainy texture (see picture).

The chocolate should be at 45-50°C (115-120°F), or slightly warm to the touch.

Assembling The Merveilleux

This is the most fun part of the process. You can decorate however you like, and be as messy as you like!

Prepare the chocolate shavings

A merveilleux is normally covered in chocolate shavings: white, dark, milk. Pastry chefs will temper the chocolate, spread it out and scrape it to make chocolate curls. But let’s be honest, it’s not the simplest thing to do! So instead, pick whichever chocolate you like and simply use a vegetable peeler to make shavings. You can use a knife if you want prettier, larger shavings. If the chocolate is too warm, put it in the fridge for a few minutes. If it’s too cold, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave.

But you don’t necessarily have to use chocolate shavings if you don’t want. You could also use sprinkles for example, or whatever else you’d like.

close up shot of merveilleux coated with sprinkles

Coat the meringues

  • Fit a piping bag with the desired tip and fill with whipped cream (in the pictures below I was using vanilla mascarpone whipped cream). You could use a spatula and a spoon if you’d rather not pipe.
  • Pipe (or spoon) whipped cream on a meringue shell (baked and cooled). I used about 1 tablespoon.
  • Cover with a second meringue shell and press gently. Try to use one of the same size.
  • Pipe cream on the sides of the meringues and spread using an offset spatula. Cover the top of the meringue with more cream.
  • Hold the meringue from the bottom and either dip it in the chocolate shavings or apply them with your hand.

Piped shapes on merveilleux

Now this is quite a messy process so let me give you some options if you don’t like it too messy.

  1. You can pipe the cream on the sides by holding the merveilleux from the top and bottom. Then place the merveilleux on a plate and pipe on the top. Sprinkle the chocolate without touching the merveilleux.
  2. You can pipe the cream on the sides and spread it (only on the sides). Holding it from the top and bottom (which don’t have cream), roll it in the topping. Place on a plate and then pipe cream on top.

You can refrigerate the merveilleux before serving. But they are really hard to resist and they will probably disappear very quickly. I can’t wait for you to try them out!

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Chocolate Merveilleux (Meringue Cakes)

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Recipe by Tanya Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

30

minutes

Merveilleux (marvelous in French) is an incredibly tasty dessert made from meringues, whipped cream and generally chocolate shavings.

Ingredients

  • For the meringues
  • 2 large egg whites (about 65 g), at room temperature

  • 65 g sugar (see notes)

  • 35 g powdered sugar

  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

  • For the chocolate whipped cream
  • 90 g dark chocolate (see notes)

  • 200 ml heavy cream, cold

  • For the decoration
  • chocolate (any kind), sprinkles

Directions

  • Making the meringues
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 90°C (194°F), conventional setting. Prepare a piping bag fitted with a large, open tip (optional).
  • If you don’t have superfine sugar, grind granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until fine. Tip: You can grind a larger batch so you don’t have to do this step every time you make meringues.
  • In a clean bowl, free of any fat residues, start whipping the egg whites with cream of tartar on low speed. Tip: Wipe off the bowl with vinegar before using it to get rid of any fat. And avoid using a plastic mixing bowl.
  • Once the eggs are foamy, start adding the sugar very slowly, about one tablespoon at a time. Make sure the sugar has dissolved before adding more. You can test this by rubbing meringue between your fingers.
  • Once you have added all the superfine sugar, increase the speed to medium-high and keep beating until stiff peaks form and the sugar has fully dissolved. The meringue should look smooth and glossy.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in the powdered sugar. Be careful not to deflate the meringue. Only mix as much as needed.
  • Fill the piping bag (or simply use a spoon) and pipe a few dots of meringue onto the baking sheet to hold the parchment paper in place. Then for each individual meringue, start from the center and pipe in a circular motion, as if you were drawing a snail. Try to make all the meringues the same size, about 12 meringues, 6cm (2 1/3 inches) each. If you have trouble with that, you could draw circles around a cookie cutter on the back of the parchment paper to serve as a guide.
  • Bake in the lower third of the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The meringues are ready when you can easily peel them off the parchment paper. The more you bake them, the drier the center will be. If you like them chewy, bake slightly less. Optional (but recommended): Open the oven halfway through baking to release some steam. This will ensure the meringues dry out properly.
  • Once the meringues have fully baked, turn off the oven and open it slightly. You can use a wooden spoon to hold the oven door. Let the meringues cool down slowly in the oven to avoid getting cracks.
  • While waiting for the meringues to cool, you can prepare the chocolate shavings. Pick whichever chocolate you like and simply use a vegetable peeler to make shavings. You can use a knife for larger shavings. If the chocolate is too warm, put it in the fridge for a few minutes. If it’s too cold, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. Set aside until it’s time to assemble the merveilleux.
  • Chocolate whipped cream
  • Whip the cold heavy cream to soft peaks.
  • Refrigerate the cream while gently melting the chocolate in a double boiler (pot placed over a pan of simmering water, without touching the water). You can use the microwave if you’d like and heat in 20 second increments. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
  • When the chocolate cools down to 45-50°C (113-122°F) or is slightly warm to the touch, add a little bit of whipped cream to the chocolate to lighten it. Tip: If the chocolate is too hot, it will deflate the cream. If it’s too cold, it will solidify and yield a grainy texture.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream and gently fold it in, being careful not to deflate the whipped cream.
  • Assembling the merveilleux
  • Fit a piping bag with the desired tip and fill with whipped cream. You could use a spatula and a spoon if you’d rather not pipe.
  • Pipe (or spoon) whipped cream on a meringue shell (baked and cooled). I used about 1 tablespoon.
  • Cover with a second meringue shell and press gently. Try to use one of the same size.
  • Pipe cream on the sides of the meringues and spread using an offset spatula. Cover the top of the meringue with more cream.
  • Hold the meringue from the bottom and either dip in the chocolate shavings (sprinkles) or apply it with your hand.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days. The meringue will get softer when refrigerated.

Notes

  • Make-ahead tips: Meringues can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days. Refrigerating or freezing them might make them soggy since the sugar will absorb the humidity.
  • Ideally you should weigh the egg whites. Add the amount of egg whites in superfine sugar and half the amount of egg whites in powdered sugar. So for 100 g of egg whites, you will need 100 g superfine sugar and 50 g powdered sugar. Traditionally, French recipes call for double the amount of egg whites in sugar (100 g egg whites, 200 g sugar). But here we are only adding 1.5 times the amount of egg whites, which is sweet enough. And reduces the risk of having undissolved sugar crystals.
  • If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can use lemon juice or vinegar instead.
  • Chocolate whipped cream: Preferably use dark chocolate as the meringues are already quite sweet. I used 65% chocolate. This will yield 6 chocolate merveilleux.

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