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Eric Lanlard's white chocolate and raspberry marquise

Eric Lanlard / 19 February 2018

This showstopping dessert is surprisingly easy to make – it's simply a chilled sponge with cream and fruit, but the white chocolate cigarillos make it an elegant masterpiece.

Eric Lanlard's white chocolate and raspberry marquise
Eric Lanlard's white chocolate and raspberry marquise. Photograph by Kate Whitaker.

Cooking time

25 minutes





  • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the raspberry filling

  • 250g mascarpone
  • 284ml carton whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g raspberries
  • 8 tbsp raspberry jam

To decorate

  • 85 white chocolate cigarillos, each 10cm long (700g box)*
  • 15 white chocolate butterfly bows (120g jar)*
  • Mixed fruit (we used passionfruit cut into wedges, blueberries, raspberries, redcurrants and canned apricots, quartered)

* Available from baking supply shops or online


Preheat the oven to 180°C/ fan160°C/gas 4 and lightly grease and base line 2 x 20cm round x 4cm deep loose-bottomed cake tins with baking paper. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add all the other cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk until the mixture is a smooth, dropping consistency. If a little stiff, mix in a dash of water to loosen.

Divide the mixture equally between the tins and level. Bake for 25 minutes, until well risen, springy and golden. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Using a serrated bread knife, slice each cake horizontally into 3 thin discs, to give 6 in total.

Put the mascarpone, cream, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and mix with an electric hand whisk until smooth and thickened.

Put 1 disc, cut-side up, on a plate or cake stand. Spread over a little of the filling (about a fifth) and scatter with half the raspberries. Place a second disc on top and spread with a little more filling, then top with a third disc and spread with half the jam. Put a fourth disc on top and spread with a little filling, scatter with the rest of the raspberries and sit the fifth disc on top. Spread with the remaining jam and more filling, then sit the final disc on top. Press so the filling oozes out a little. Spread the remaining filling on top. Chill to firm up.

Smooth the sides with a palette knife and stick the chocolate cigarillos upright and side-by-side all round the cake. Secure with a piece of wide ribbon. Push the chocolate bows gently into the filling all around the top edge of the cake. Pile the mixed fruit into the centre of the cake, arranging if you like, to serve.

Photograph by Kate Whitaker. This recipe first appeared in Delicious Magazine.

Be a Star, Bake a Cake

Eric Lanlard has donated his raspberry and white chocolate marquise recipe to Bowel Cancer UK’s fundraising campaign Be a Star, Bake a Cake. Raise money for a good cause and help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms by hosting a cake sale at work or at home during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

Visit our desserts section for more delicious recipe ideas, including raspberry and white chocolate eclairs, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and rosewater mini pavlovas.


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