Lemon Grass & Kaffir Lemon Mousse Cake

This cake really strikes me, just like love at the first sight. Why?…… a very asian flavour yet so western. Looks simple too but the flavour will burst in your mouth once you have a bit of it, really explosive. Lastly the ingredients are easily obtain and available fresh. Well I am talking about this lemon grass and kaffir lime mousse cake.

I stumbled upon and yet again this recipe when I was glancing through Anita & Sam’s Everday Treats. They created this recipe when they visited a shop called ‘Spice’ in Thailand. They had used the dry and powdered lemon grass and kaffir lime but I modified a bit, instead of using dried powder, I used fresh ones. The verdict…. incredible and unique, truely asian. For this cake I opted out using any food colouring and the cake turn out to be stunning bright and attractive yellow.


Prepare a 9inch cake mould and wrap it with aluminuim foil.
Prepare a digestive biscuit cake base.

Cake Base
100g Blended digestive biscuits
50g Melted unsalted butter


Top Layer: Lemon Grass Mousse

Creme Anglaise
180ml Milk
50g Egg Yolk
30g Granulated sugar
2-3stalk Thinly slice lemon grass

1.5envelops Gelatin leaf
10ml fresh lemon juice
150ml Whipping Cream


Bottom Layer: Kaffir Lime Mousse

Creme Anglaise
180ml Milk
50g Egg Yolk
30g Granulated sugar
3-4 Thinly slice kaffir lime leaves

1.5envelops Gelatin leaf
10ml fresh lime juice
100ml Whipping Cream

Middle Layer: Lemon Jelly

30ml Fresh lemon juice
15g Granulated sugar
135ml Boiling water
5envelopes Gelatin leaf

1.Prepare creme anglaise (Kaffir Lime)
Beat egg yolk witha hand whisk. Add in granulated sugar gradually.
Beat until pale yellow and stiff.
Heat milk with fresh kaffir lime leaves.(Heat infused the kaffir lime leaves flavour into the milk.)
Once flavour infused, strain the kaffir lime leaves and pour the boiling milk into the egg yolk misture and stir well.
Reheat the mixture again to 82C-85C, stir constantly to prevent it from sticking to the saucepan.
2. Add in soften gelatin and stir well. Let cool and leaves for later use.
3. Whisk whipping cream with electric mixer at medium speed until soft peak form.
4. Squeeze fresh lime juice in the whipped cream and fold well.
5. Pour in the creama anglaise and fold well to the mousse.
6. Pour the kaffir lime mousse to the cake mould and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
7. Make middle layer lemon jelly. Melt granulated sugar and soften gelatin inot boiling water. Add in fresh lemon juice and stir well.
8. When it’s cooled down to around 40C, pour it on top of the cake and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
9. Repeat step 1-5 to make lemon grass mousee. pour lemon grass mousse into the cake mould and refrigerate for 1.5hours. Decorate with chocolat leaves and lime or lemon peel prior to serving.

Yet another winning recipe. which you should try.

Love Sunny Yaw

24 Comments

  • chenboon
    November 17, 2007 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Wo, very creative.
    Cannot imaging the taste.
    But, should be with good aroma.

  • beachlover
    November 17, 2007 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    wau lau..lemongrass & Kaffir leave also can make cake one ar?.I never taste it yet..Hmmmmm..must try one day when I go back b coz here nobody make this kind of cake.I see the cake is simple but when I read U recipe,wah….so complicated one..kudus to U!!*clap clap*

  • teckiee
    November 17, 2007 - 11:57 pm | Permalink

    i love the smell of Kaffir lime leafs. I think i will like this alot.

  • durianberry
    November 18, 2007 - 6:52 am | Permalink

    I can never associate lemon grass & kaffir leaves with cake! Very interesting flavour I’m sure

  • ~Christine~Leng
    November 18, 2007 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    I didn’t know anything on Kaffir leafs.. Used to be “just know how to eat”.
    Now.. I’m getting educated with more knowledge and exposure to different ingredient’s names! great :)

  • Nora B.
    November 18, 2007 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful, Sunny. This must taste so refreshing!

  • Nic (KHKL)
    November 18, 2007 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I always thought that those 2 ingredients are meant for savoury dishes…this is very refreshing! and exotic too!

  • "Joe" who is constantly craving
    November 18, 2007 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    indeed very “asian” ingredients..but its a cheese cake! so western..so fusion indeed.

  • Imbi & Itchy
    November 18, 2007 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    what a fabulous idea, I can imagine the smell bursting in the kitchen while this is baking lol

  • Lyrical Lemongrass
    November 18, 2007 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Sounds really refreshing!

  • Dwiana P
    November 18, 2007 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    tell the truth, your cake look so nice!! so smooth. I wish I could try:)

  • ai wei
    November 19, 2007 - 4:05 am | Permalink

    wahhhh… looks gorgeous!
    erm… dunno anything bout the leaves but they sure taste well on da cake!

  • daphne
    November 19, 2007 - 5:51 am | Permalink

    what an interesting idea. This sounds really really refreshing-esp for the humid weather in MY!

  • Veron
    November 19, 2007 - 7:33 am | Permalink

    what an interesting flavor combination. Looks and I’m sure tastes fantastic!

  • wmw
    November 19, 2007 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    Mmmm….very interesting flavours!

  • wenching & esiong
    November 19, 2007 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    I wonder how would the combination of lemon grass n kaffir lemon mousse taste like! Curious! Wanted to try it out!

  • Little Corner of Mine
    November 19, 2007 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Man! So flavour packed! These two ingredients have very strong taste and when combined together, what a burst!

  • Oh for the love of food!
    November 19, 2007 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    This is the most unusual taste in a cake that I’ve ever come across, I would sure like to try it out. Congratulations on the success – it’s a Beauty!

  • Precious Pea
    November 19, 2007 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Interesting combination! Can imagine the wonderful aroma while baking. Mmmm..

  • tigerfish
    November 19, 2007 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Yes, this is A winning recipe. It looks like a light cheese cake or mango/lemon mousse but wow…lemongrass and kaffir….hmmm..I thought these usually appear in curries.
    Hmmm…I’m thinking of a curry cake now…buahahahah! 😛

  • MeiyeN
    November 19, 2007 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    lemon grass cake!?!!! that’s absolutely new to me! i wonder how good it tastes…

  • Anali
    November 19, 2007 - 10:54 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful cake! It’s like nothing I’ve seen before!

  • Yeap
    November 20, 2007 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    wow never tot lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves -ingredients for fried rice XD- can be used as a cake ingredient! Very asia indeed…haha

    btw…hope u don’t mind but it looks like tofu cake (i can’t remember where I heard it from)

    Jian

  • SteamyKitchen
    November 21, 2007 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    i have so much lemongrass growing in my yard that i don’t know what to do with it! will make the mousse for sure!

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