Josh Johnson

Exploring Chocolate Cakes, Fillings & Frostings

with Josh Johnson

Join Executive Pastry Chef Josh Johnson as he shares the secrets to delicious, creative chocolate cakes! To begin, master a go-to chocolate cake. Then, create an airy chocolate sponge cake and learn how to perfectly prepare its two key ingredients: pâte à bombe and meringue. Next, get Josh’s secrets for creaming butter and sugar to achieve a remarkably rich pound cake, and create flexible, flourless cake that’s ideal for sweet roulades. Moving on, fill your cakes with luscious chocolate ganache and find out how to make mousse by adding one simple step. Then, whip up decadent chocolate pastry cream and fillings loaded with chocolate streusel, caramelized peanuts and chocolate nougatine. Plus, get tips for making cakes that are as gorgeous as they are delectable when you learn how to temper chocolate and create professional-looking embellishments that set your cakes apart!

  • 8 Sessions
  • 3h 34m
Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson is an Executive Pastry Chef based in Chicago, Illinois. He trained at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and worked with Payard Patisserie & Bistro in New York City before returning to his home state of Illinois as an instructor at The French Pastry School of Chicago. He currently works as a consultant, helping companies with recipe development, classes and kitchen planning, and was recently named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in the U.S. by Dessert Professional Magazine.

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