This year we had some cake
loving eating visitors over for Christmas and New Years and so for once I could actually bake more than once a week and not have to worry about left overs. Yes, you heard it right. I always see people post something along the line of “Leftovers? Shelf life? We’re finished by lunch so I have no idea!” But surprisingly (or not so) there are cake lovers and there are non-cake lovers, so it doesn’t matter how delicious the cake you make is. For some, one tiny slice a week suffices. Funnily enough one can often begin to wonder if it is the baker’s biased towards their own baking that skews their opinion of their own dessert. But it only takes a few holidaying visitors to put these doubts to rest!
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I was going to title this post based on what the cake is composed of but seeing as there were so many components (well, probably not, let’s just go with more than I’ve done before) I decided to go with “entremet” instead. I’m not even sure if this IS an entremet but I thought I may as well try sound fancy so I can properly congratulate myself for the hard work. Well done me.
This cake consists of a rich mousse-like chocolate sponge, hazelnut and almond chantilly, a light vanilla sponge, whipped dark chocolate and coffee ganache and meringue with popping candy to top. Phew. But actually, it is pretty easy to make so don’t be discouraged at all. It is so delicious – not too rich and nicely balanced! For those who aren’t a big fan of nuts – this will absolutely convert you.
Oh, one more thing, excuse the messy pictures! As you can see it was for a birthday and I actually didn’t intend to write about it.
So, let’s start!
I like to think this recipe is pretty standard in that it can be used in any sponge cake setting. All is needed is a little tweaking. Want a richer sponge that can be used as a cupcake? Add some butter. Maybe you want something healthier? Replace all the fat with some olive oil. Maybe you want a coffee sponge or a layered plain vanilla cake? In that case, simply fold some of those flavours in! Maybe you want more of a moussey chocolatey flavour? Just add some melted chocolate. Point is, it doesn’t really matter if you tweak a recipe. Many people think baking has to be super exact but it really doesn’t matter too much.
The following recipe is for a pandan swiss roll. Minus the flavouring it can be used however you like. It produces a light moist sponge. If you prefer a sponge with more substance, you can simply use 2 eggs instead of 3. Actually, if you don’t require your sponge to be super light you can simply dump all the ingredients in a bowl and mix for a few minutes! Et voilà!
160°C / 15 – 20 minutes
1. Combine 3 eggs + 100g sugar in a bowl and set over a bain marie.
I find that cream puffs are actually the easiest of all pastries to make. Yet, they are definitely one of the most impressive. Imagine this – a towering cone of choux pastries, a flutter of spun sugar, maybe some edible flowers scattered here and there! Boy oh boy! We’re getting closer to the Ferrero Rocher ad by the minute! And by that I mean food of the gods! Anyway, back to reality. My cream puffs sit scattered on the kitchen bench, still on the tray it was baked on. Recipe Below.
I made this cake for my dad’s birthday today. Trying to be adventurous I attempted to make an orange flavoured buttercream for the first time but it didn’t go so well. The meringue looked alright but after adding the butter it went all grainy and horrible.. So back to my usual, fresh whipped cream! Luckily I had a few plums in the fridge so I chopped those up finely and mixed it through. I then scattered a few on top along with a few berries. In fact, I think it looks better than it would’ve otherwise!
Unfortunately I made the cake the night before and the fresh fruit went a little limp but it tasted good in the end and that’s good enough for me. I’ve listed my (first!) recipe which isn’t really a recipe but more a rough account of what I did.
The recipe is for a basic sponge. All in cup measurements (and to be honest it doesn’t really matter too much if it’s not too precise). Makes 1 small cake. Continue reading