Love It Or Hate It ~ Durian Yogurt Mousse Cake

It's durian season again! I remember back to 20+ years ago when my god-sister came back from New Zealand with her kiwi boyfriend for vacation, it was durian season too. And my god-sister is an absolute durian lover, she visited those durian stalls with her boyfriend and started introducing this indulgence local fruit to him. Guess....what is his respond????? "Gosh, it smell like sh**!" He nearly vomited. Can you imagine how his face was like when he has to stick with these durian eaters in the same car for the whole day. HAHAHA..... Extreme torturing, of coz! I guess that probably the worst day of his life. haha.... But for people like us, durian is the king of fruits and bitter sweet is my favourite. Every year I have full supply of them for free from friends around. I don't eat much even I love it. I sent mostly of them to my neighbour. And this year, I wanted to try it on my dessert.

So, here's what I did.
Ingredients for Chocolate sponge :
4 egg yolk
1/3 cup flour
3TB cocoa powder
2TB milk
2TB cooking oil

4 egg white
1/2 tspn cream of tartar (optional)
2 TB sugar
a pinch of salt

Method :
(1) beat ingredients (A) till smooth and pale.
(2) then whisk ingredients (B) till foamy & stiff.
(3) now, mix ingredient (B) into (A) in 3 batches till everything well combined.
(4) pour batter to a 8" tray, greased and coated with flour base.
(5) finally, bake at preheated oven 150'C for 20 mins & then 175'C 30 mins or till tester came out clean.
(6) leave to cool before releasing the cake from pan.
*I usually bake my sponge cake whenever I have time and then keep them into freezer. And use them whenever I want. Really convenient.

Ingredients for Durian Yogurt Mousse :
300-400gm  durian meat, mashed
250ml   plain yogurt
500ml   heavy cream
4 TB  sugar
2-1/2 TB  gelatine (soaked in 1/3 cup water)

Method :
(1) firstly, melt gelatine till dissolved & set aside.
(2) now, whip cream till stiff.
(3) finally, place all ingredients into a big bowl and hand mix till everything well combined.

*Cake decoration : 300-400ml  non-dairy whipping cream.
(for dairy whipping cream, add in 2TB icing sugar for flavouring)

(1) cut sponge into two(2) layers and line one layer to a 8" springfoam pan.
(2) then spread half portion of durian mousse over the 1st layer of sponge and cover it with another layer of sponge.
(3) finally, spread the remaining mousse over the final sponge evenly and then keep refrigerated for at least 2 hours or till set.
(4) remove cake from pan and decorate it with whipped cream.

Tips : it's best to use a taller hard cover plastic sheet to surround the inner cake pan, so that the mousse can be fully spread over the final sponge.

I love to pick imperfect looking durians especially those which was taken by squirrels. Cause they're simply genius. They knew how to choose a perfect fruit out of the tree. Clever me huh! kekeke.....For fine smoother mousse, you can strain the mousse by using a strainer. Oh....I skipped that cause I want everything down into my belly without wasting. Hope you will tooooooo....... Enjoy guys & hope you're all having a wonderful week ahead.
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