Archive | September, 2012

My first chocolate cake

23 Sep

I love chocolate but I am not a big fan of chocolate cake, especially chocolate mud cake, therefore I have never bake one before. However when I was planning to make a cake as a gift and I saw this Baker Ella’s recipe, I was so attractive to it that I decided to give it a whirl. Chocolate cake + buttercream + chocolate ganache, oh hell, who can resist it?!

For the cake: I followed the recipe except I put less sugar (this is what I always do for every cake recipe – to cut down the sweetness). Also I baked it in one 9in pan instead of two pans and then cut it in half to fill it. It was really easy to make and the cake turned out nice and moist. I loved the cake recipe! The chocolate morsels I used in the filling were too big, so it was very hard to spread the filling – a mark down for my cake (thumb down).

For the buttercream: I adapted another buttercream recipe which I had already used for a few times. I was pretty confident with my buttercream (thumb up).

For the ganache: I followed the recipe, but it wasn’t thick enough, so I added more chocolate (more than 1 cup) but it still didn’t reach the thickness as what was shown in the Baker Ella’s photos. When I poured the ganache on the cake, it ran all over onto the cake, the cake board, my turntable and the kitchen bench. I had to clean the mess up! Next time I will use less cream and butter. This is another mark down on my cake (thumb down).

The following photo shows the final product (the chocolate surface was reflecting the light and details surrounded in the room, I didn’t take a nice photo). It was ok but not as good as I expected. Anyway I didn’t get to eat the cake, but the feedbacks I got are: it was very sweet (for the adults), but the kids loved it, especially the buttercream!

If you want to indulge yourself with a cake, this is the one!

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My first cake decorating book

9 Sep

Finally I received the book last week – The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible by Lindy Smith. I ordered it online because it has good reviews. I am only part way through the book, but I can tell you now it is excellent. Lindy has introduced many amazing techniques in the book that I haven’t seen on the Internet yet. It has lots of photos and step by step instructions. I can’t wait to try them out myself 🙂