Cake Base

4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted and cooled
6 eggs, separated
6 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 oz vanilla sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
crème pâtissière (see below)
1 cup whipped cream
pan di Spagna (optional)
6-8 profiteroles (optional)
zabaglione (optional)

Saint-Honoré cream

1/2 oz gelatin
2 egg yolks
1/2/ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/4 oz vanilla sugar
3 egg whites
1-1/2 cups whipped cream
2 teaspoons cocoa powder


  1. Make the pastry base. Melt the butter or margarine over moderate heat and let cool. In a bowl beat the egg yolks, reserving the whites, with the sugar for 15 minutes and add, a little at a time, the flour sifted with the vanilla sugar and baking powder. Fold the egg whites, beaten until stiff, and the melted fat gently into the mixture with a spatula. Spoon the mixture into a 12-inch cake pan, buttered and dusted with flour. and cook in a moderate oven (350°F) for 35-40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the crème pâtissière.
  3. Prepare the Saint-Honoré cream. Soften the gelatin in cold water. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and stir in the flour and milk. Cook the cream, stirring constantly, over very low heat until it thickens but does not boil. Stir in the gelatin, remove from the heat, add the vanilla sugar and fold in the egg whites, beaten until stiff. Let cool and fold in 2/3 of the whipped cream.
  4. Divide the mixture into two parts and stir the sifted cocoa into one half. Slice the cake into 2 or 3 layers, sprinkle them generously with maraschino liqueur and cover with crème pâtissière, mixed with some of the cream. Brush cake with remaining whipped cream and press pan di Spagna (if using)against it. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large nozzle, make large rosettes of plain Saint-Honoré cream on top of cake, alternating with chocolate Saint Honoré cream. Fill profiteroles with zabaglione (if using), dip in caramel, made by dissolving 3 tbsp sugar slowly in water, then cooking until golden, and set around top of cake

Crème Pâtissière

In a bowl beat 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons sugar for about 15 minutes. Add 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and stir in 1 cup lukewarm milk, a little at a time. Add a little lemon peel and 1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine. Cook the cream, stirring constantly, until it thickens, without letting it boil. Remove the lemon peel before using.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Source: The Cook’s Book

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