Chocolate marquise

Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus overnight chilling

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Serves 9 - 10
For the decadent dinner party - this rich chocolate dessert is for serious chocoholics only

Nutrition and extra info

  • For up to a month
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal743
  • fat54g
  • saturates30g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars57g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 300g dark chocolate, use 70%, good quality, such as Valrhona or Green & Black's
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 egg



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  • 450ml double cream
  • 300g box After Eights


  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Then assemble a bain-marie – do this by pouring a little water into a saucepan and placing the bowl over the water (making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl). Set the pan over a gentle heat and warm the water until the chocolate has melted. Take off the heat and leave to cool a little.

  2. Meanwhile, place the butter and half the sugar into another large bowl. Using a tabletop mixer or electric hand whisk, beat until the mixture is really light and creamy, then beat in the cocoa powder.

  3. Separate the eggs (the whites can be frozen for another time) and put the yolks in a third bowl. Tip in the remaining sugar, then beat together until pale and creamy. To check if it’s ready, make a figure-of-eight shape in the mixture with the beater – it should hold its shape for a moment. In a fourth bowl, whip the cream until thickened with soft peaks.

  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the butter mixture, and carefully stir through until it is well combined. Gently fold in the egg mixture. When this is amalgamated, stir in the whipped cream. Now line a 6.5 x 22cm tin with 3 layers of cling film, leaving a 10cm overhang.

  5. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag with a large nozzle attached (see Gordon’s steps, far right). Pipe a layer over the bottom of the tin, then cover this with a layer of After Eights (cut some in half to ensure they fit). Pipe over another layer of chocolate cream, followed by a layer of After Eights. Continue until you have 4 layers of chocolate mints and the tin is full, finishing with a chocolate cream layer. Fold over the cling film, then chill overnight or up to 2 days.

  6. Just before serving, place the marquise in the freezer for 10 mins to make it easier to slice. Place the tin, bottomside up, on a serving plate, slide off the tin, then peel away the cling film. If you have a blowtorch, quickly run the flame over the surface of the marquise to give it a glossy sheen. Alternatively, dip a palette knife in boiling water and smooth the surface that way. Use a serrated knife dipped in boiling water to cut the marquise into slices.

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Comments (74)

kribon's picture

Excellent desssert!! Nice, rich and very chocolatey :)

jenniferg's picture

Loved it! I have made this on serveral occasions now and its a winner every time.

cerianprice's picture

This is really easy to make & it went down really well at a dinner party. The only problem was I did put it in the freezer for 10 mins before was a little to cold & hard! I couldn't get the desired glaze effect with the knife in hot water & I had problems cutting it. I wouldn't bother with the freezer & just go straight from the fridge to the table. I will be making this again!

comraich's picture

This is an ok chocolate recipe, but had better. The taste is excellent, very rich (small portions only!) but serving is a nightmare! Even frozen it makes a real mess. Also the consistency is not that good - just too heavy. All in all, a lot of work for an ok result.

tantele's picture

It`s perfect for people who love to eat after eight!

tracybabydoll's picture

cost a small fortune to make. have just tried to slice it and it is crumbling and would not look good to serve up to guests as it looks mesy. i will freeze the rest then try to slice it again. it tasted lovely but presentation wise, ive yet to master that.any sugestions?

jaymini's picture

is there anything else i can use instead of eggs


andystevo's picture

I made two of these for a dinner party.
I changed the mints for Terry's chocolate orange on the 2nd one and added a bit of COINTREAU - Orange Liqueur.

megadot's picture

I have just come across this recipe and it will definately be my next "piece de le resistance" (excuse the spelling), my son-in-law will be bouncing off the walls with chocolate overload, but what the hell, the aftermath will be my daughters problem "haha"
I have a few in the chocolate line and cannot wait to try this out. A tip for slicing .. dip the knife in hot water and it will slice like a dream.
Meg, Durban, South Afica
Hey we did Africa proud with the Fifa World Cup and had the best Fan Park in the country.

annagrima's picture

looks great but I am bvery scaeptical about the raw eggs. You hardly find any recipe having raw eggs nowadays. We all know the consequences. Pity, because am sure that this would have been a great hit.

emerpadden's picture

very rich but very tasty - we served with fresh mint and strawberries which went down a treat

minakshi's picture

this is not a vegetarian receipe it needs 6 eggs???????

belhunt100's picture

This is a really impressive Dinner Party Pud! I managed to get chocolate all over the Kitchen, my clothes and face (I wasn't tasting as i made it honestly!)
One hint - don't scrimp on on the After Eights, i bought supermarket own and they were just too thick.
The calorie content is eye watering but so worth the effort!!

mrshollands's picture

This recipe was incredibly fiddly and time consuming, was very nice but not really sure it was worth all the effort.

bakery-boy's picture

my name is promise, from Nigeria, i work in the drilling-ship as a pastrychef. chocolete marquise is great. workers keep-on telling me they need chocolete marquise every-day especially AMERIANS AND BRITAIN. infact i`m in trouble. i love Ramsay`s i have learnt alot from him especially in his programme`` Ramsay`s kitchen night mare

suefroggatt's picture

Very very rich - looks and tastes yummie. Calories are horrendous! PS: I only had enough in my 300g box of After Eights for 3 layers of mints.

lv20000's picture

Used a loaf tin which worked fine. Only managed 3 layers of After Eights (10 on each layer).
I left a carving knife in a pan of boiling hot water for a few minutes before I sliced it and even that didn't give it a perfect cut!
Tasted great, very rich!
Would probably serve 12 - 14

chefmoose's picture

A masterpiece by the master himself. Went with the Green and Blacks chocolate. went down a treat with my dinner guests. When's the new nightmare series Gordon. Come to Guildford i have lots for you.

ianinfrance's picture

I don't understand all these glowing comments. I made the recipe exactly as written (I've been a chef for 40 years so know how to follow a recipe). Firstly there was FAR too much chocolate cream to fit into the size of tin GR recommends. In fact we filled a tin 30cm by 10.5 cm by 6.5 pretty well to the brim, so naturally there weren't enough after 8s to make 4 rows. In fact there were barely enough for 3.

After setting two days in the fridge (3°C) and then 10 minutes in the freezer, we turned it out fine. However cutting it into slices, even using twin serrated edge knives dipped into boiling water, sometimes even changing the knives three times for each cut, failed to give clean slices, and some of them broke up completely. After reading GR's remarks about cutting the slices in advance etc I was expecting trouble but not to this extent. I might make the recipe again, but if I do I'll chop up the after 8s first, so there's a chance of getting decent slices.

fmcroberts's picture

Tasted great but very fiddly. Don't overwhip the cream or when you pipe it it will remain in the piped lines and when sliced looks very unappealing.


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