Tiger Cakes

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie assignment was Tiger Cakes, or petits gâteaux tigre. These are moist, upside-down mini cupcakes that have a nice chocolate and almond flavor, and aren’t too sweet at all! Dorie’s recipe makes 24 little cakes.

To be perfectly honest, I hesitate whenever I see a cake as a Tuesdays with Dorie assignment because the last few cakes I’ve made turned out to be really dry. I had a chance to ask Dorie if that was how it was meant to be, and she said that European cakes aren’t as moist and fluffy as American ones. This recipe, however, looked a little different because it only uses egg whites, and most of the flour is almond flour. I also decided to switch things up by using a convection oven, and decreasing my baking temperature.

The ingredients were very basic. Thankfully there was no need to go out and buy anything specialP1120436

I read some tips from other Tuesday with Dorie bloggers that they had issues turning their cakes out after they baked. This spooked me a little so I greased my pan very generously with butter.P1120437

The fun began with breaking up the egg whites. It was tempting to beat the egg whites more than I did because, well, beating egg whites are fun! Alas, I had to use restraint and move on to the next step.

The next step was adding almond flour to the egg whites and mix until it became a paste.P1120439

This reminded me of the first few steps of making macarons. This recipe was far less fussy, though!P1120440

Next, the remaining dry ingredients were added to the almond flour and egg white mixture. Even though Dorie didn’t say to do this, I did it out of habit.P1120441

The next ingredient to add was vanilla extract. After the vanilla was added I mixed the batter and it looked very much like cookie dough.P1120443

The next step was to melt a stick of butter and bring it to a boil.
The butter was added slowly, yet vigorously mixed into the batter.P1120449

At this point I thought I messed up the recipe somehow because this didn’t look anything like a cupcake batter. It looked more like icing, rather than batter.P1120451

Even though I doubted myself, I moved forward by adding chopped chocolates.P1120453

I filled the mini cupcake pan. It’s amazing how this recipe is perfect for 24 cakes. After filling the pan, I took a look and told myself that I screwed this one up because it didn’t look like any cupcakes I’d made before. P1120454

I kept an eye on the cakes while they were in the oven because I had diverted from the book’s instruction by baking on convection mode. I baked the Tiger Cakes at 325 degrees F for about 16 minutes. When I checked the cakes, the tops bounced back up when pressed, and a toothpick came out clean.P1120457

Next was the tricky part that I read people had problems with: unmolding. I let the cakes cool for about 2 minutes, and then placed a cooling rack on top of the cupcake pan and flipped it over, racking them onto the countertop. All but one came out without any issues. The rogue Tiger Cake just needed a little nudge; it came out perfectly, in one piece.P1120466 (1)
I let the Tiger Cakes cool down for a bit while I began making the chocolate ganache topping (is it still a topping if you put it on the bottom of the cakes?).

The chocolate ganache came together in under 5 minutes. It only required some cream and some chocolate.P1120470

I had to wait for my cakes to cool down a little bit before dipping them into the chocolate ganache.

These cakes just required a little dip in the chocolate, and then dried on some parchment paper.P1120478


I put them in the fridge to set for a little bit, and served then served them!P1120486


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This non-tiger had to check things out. I think he approved.

Momo and the Tiger Cakes
Tiger Cakes

Tiger Cakes recipe on page 197 of Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan.

14 thoughts on “Tiger Cakes

  1. Perfect cakes. Love your step-by-step shots. Me too find it necessary to lower the oven temperature or shorten the bake time to avoid over-baking.

  2. Your photography is always so good. I am glad the recipe turned out well for you. I live by the beach so I always have trouble with my baked goods being too wet. I decrease liquid in every recipe I make. Your tiger cakes look perfect too.

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