The Autopsy of Mr. Newton: Honey Cake, Lemon Curd, Fig Filling, Verbena Cotton Candy, and Mascarpone Gelato

The First Annual International Pastry Competition
Round Two: Plated Dessert
Adapted by
December 2010
Yield: 12 Servings


Mascarpone Gelato
250 grams sugar
130 grams dehydrated sugar
550 grams water
250 grams mascarpone cheese
Honey Cake
220 grams all-purpose flour
5 grams baking powder
80 grams butter, softened
55 grams brown sugar
100 grams honey
1 egg
5 grams Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract
Fig Filling
100 grams Belcolade 70 to 80% chocolate
30 grams sugar
250 grams PreGel Fig Arabeschi
Lemon Curd
125 grams lemon juice and lemon zest
75 grams egg yolks
80 grams eggs
75 grams sugar
75 grams butter
Verbena Cotton Candy
200 grams sugar
10 drops verbena oil


For the Mascarpone Gelato:
Combine sugar, dehydrated sugar, and water in a medium pot and bring them to a boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool. Once the mixture has cooled, add the mascarpone slowly, making sure to not agitate the fat molecules. Process the mixture in Carpigiani ice cream machine and freeze it until you’re ready to serve.

For the Honey Cake:
Preheat the oven to 340ºF. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In a Hobart standing mixer with a paddle attachment, paddle the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the honey, egg, and vanilla extract and combine. Add the flour mixture and mix for 1 minute. Put the mixture in a 6-inch x 6-inch cake pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cake to cool. Cut the cake into cubes.

For the Fig Filling:
Melt the chocolate, and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Fold in the PreGel Fig Arabeschi . Set the filling aside.

For the Lemon Curd:
Combine the lemon juice and zest in a small pot and bring the mixture to a simmer over a medium heat. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, eggs, and sugar. Add the egg mixture to the pot with the lemon juice and turn the heat up to high. Whisk the mixture constantly until it becomes thick. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the butter and blend it in with a Waring immersion blender. Allow the mixture to cool.

For the Verbena Cotton Candy:
Combine the sugar and oil and put the mixture in a Koerner cotton candy machine. Process the sugar to a cotton candy. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To Assemble and Serve:
Smear the lemon curd onto the serving plate. Cut the cubes of honey cake in half and stuff with the fig filling. Plate a scoop of the mascarpone ice cream on top of the honey cake. Finish the plate with the cotton candy around the plate and ice cream.