Charlottes are molded desserts. The mold is lined with cake and filled with fruit and custard or cream mixed with gelatin. Charlotte russe, made with ladyfingers and rich Bavarian cream, is served with fruit sauce. In our version, raspberries are combined with the cream filling, and toasted almonds add the final touch.
Chilled charlottes must set for hours in the refrigerator, so they are good do-ahead desserts. Prepare this charlotte up to 12 hours in advance.