This is Julie’s Orange Chocolate Crown Charlotte. She’s on vacation and I’m posting it on her behalf.
This seemed like a good cake for our transitional “mud season”, blending fresh orange flavors (very spring-like) with slightly heavier cognac and chocolate (here in New England we are barely a week past what I hope will be our last snow of the season). I loved the flavors of the bavarian cream, sort of like a very sophisticated orange creamsicle with a tinge of Grand Marnier. And light whipped ganache is always a favorite of mine anywhere it pops up. This was my first attempt at ladyfingers, next time I will try to pipe them so they will make thinner layers around the filling.