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Traditional French Dacquoise Cake Recipe

Traditional French Dacquoise Cake Recipe

Dacquoise is a delicious French dessert made up of layers of meringue. The layers are filled with roasted or baked nuts and whipped cream.

Dacquoise can be made with different variations and flavors and is normally served chilled combined with fruits and syrups.

Origin And Cultural Significance

The word ‘’Dacquoise’’ came from the word ‘’DAX’’ which is a town in South West France. Originating in the 17th century, Dacquoise is considered a traditional French dish that is hugely popular throughout the country.

Due to its luxurious nature, it was initially reserved for the French court. Dacquoise became popular in England in 1789 when many French chefs moved to the UK to serve the upper elite classes.

Dacquoise Cake
Yield: 4

Dacquoise Cake Recipe: A Popular French Dessert

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours


For Dacquoise

  • Finely ground almonds - 1 cup
  • Icing sugar - ¾ cup
  • Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
  • Egg whites - 4 (at room temp)
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp 
  • Almond essence - 1/2 tsp

For Mousse

  • Bittersweet chocolate - 12 ounces
  • Whipped cream - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 2 (yolk and white separated)
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Almond essence - 1 tsp

For Garnish

  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Almonds - 3/4 cup
  • Strawberries (any fruit of your choice)


For Dacquoise

  1. Take a medium-sized bowl. Add cocoa powder, icing sugar, and ground almonds in it. Mix them well and set the bowl aside.
  2. Now take a large-sized mixing bowl and add the egg whites.
  3. Beat the egg whites with a beater at medium speed. Beat for around a minute until the whites start to give a foamy appearance. Continue beating by altering the speed of the beater, first at a low speed, then medium, and finally to high until soft peaks are formed.
  4. Now turn the beater to low speed and add sugar gradually in 4 parts. After adding the entire sugar, speed up the beater for around 2 minutes until the mixture turns glossy. Add almond extract too.
  5. Add this mixture in the dry ingredients in small parts. While adding the final part, fold it very gently with a spatula. 
  6. Take an 8inch round pan. Cut and fit a baking paper in this pan. Now make 2 circles on the paper by using a permanent marker and turn it over. Set aside.
  7. Now equally divide the mixture between the 2 circles on the parchment paper. Use a spatula to make this layer even and fine.
  8. Bake this for 1hour in a preheated oven at 300F. After the baking is done, let it cool completely for as long as possible at room temperature.

For mousse

  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave oven for around 5 mins, take it out after every 30 seconds and stir it until it is completely melted and smooth.
  2. Take a bowl and place the egg whites in it. Beat them with a beater at a high speed until soft peaks are formed. Now turn the speed low and add sugar gradually and slowly in parts. Speed the beater again at high and whisk it for another 1minute. Fold this mixture in the melted chocolate slowly with a spatula.
  3. Beat the whipping cream at a medium speed for around 2minutes until it is stiff. Now fold this cream into the chocolate mixture and mix it thoroughly.


  1. Preheat the oven at 325F and bake the almonds for around 20minutes until they are toasted and fragrant. Set aside and let them cool.  
  2. Take a nice serving plate. Place the dacquoise circle on it with the top side up. Now spread half of the prepared mousse evenly on the circle, leaving around a quarter inch of the border. Cover it with the other dacquoise circle, top side up again.
  3. Now spread the remaining mousse all over it. Garnish it with roasted almonds and strawberries.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips and syrups according to your choice to make it more tempting. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1253Total Fat: 86gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 23gSugar: 56gProtein: 34g

So if you have a sweet tooth and crave a delicious rich dessert, then get baking and enjoy the mouth-watering sweetness straight from the land of love.

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