We gettin’ spooooooky on the blog today. Everyone knows of Madoka, and especially of the fate that befalls the girls who sign the magical girl contract with Kyubey. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, skip down to the recipe or get spoiled! You have been warned.
Anyway, as Halloween draws every closer, I thought I’d get really scary and make the dessert associated with the Witch Charlotte from Madoka. Charlotte is the Witch who, er, snacks on Mami, everyone’s favorite magical girl (That is, until she dies an abrupt death in episode 3…). Charlotte is the Witch who loves sweet foods, but even looking at her lair this dessert doesn’t immediately leap to mind, I’ll grant you that. Have you ever heard of a dessert called a Charlotte before??? Me neither, till I did some spooky anime Halloween research.
A Charlotte is a French dessert, typically, made with mousse and lady fingers. You actually see a wall of Charlotte cake in the Witch’s lair, as a backdrop for one of the scenes.
At first, I thought this was just a backdrop of Strawberry Cake, as we all know how much the Japanese like Strawberry Cake. But it didn’t quite look like a real Strawberry Cake, and it turns out that Charlotte cakes, similarly to Strawberry Cakes, are often made with strawberries and layers of sponge cake. The only real difference is that, instead of whipped cream, the filling is a creamy, rich mousse.
This is very exciting! I’d never made mousse before, so was very intrigued. The prospect of eating the dessert form of the thing that had killed Mami is spooky enough, but the invitation to try out mousse was irresistible. Thus, I made a Charlotte Cake. (P.S. if the prospect of making mousse scares you, don’t worry, it was surprisingly simple!)