Sunday, December 16, 2007

Food Challenge: Gift-wrapped Chocolate Cake

Having just finished my master's program on Tuesday, I decided I was entitled to a baking challenge. I selected a recipe from Marlene Sorosky's holiday cookbook Season's Greetings that I would never in my right mind have selected while in school, and frankly, should not have selected even with this newfound post-graduate freedom. I thought this cake might be hard, and I was initially up for the challenge. But I had no idea just HOW hard.

This was a multi-step project. First, I had to make the actual cake, which would be one sheet of chocolate genoise (a sponge cake made by folding in lots of stiff-peaked egg whites), and cut into thirds to stack. In between those layers I would spread a rich white chocolate buttercream. The assembled cake would be chilled until firm. Meanwhile, using a double boiler, I made two different doughs, one dark chocolate, one white chocolate, by melting a whole lotta chocolate with a few tablespoons of corn syrup. Each dough had to set for over 4 hours so that I could roll it out and wrap the cake like a present. From beginning to end, including wait time, this cake took probably half a day! Fortunately, it had the wow factor. I also got to try my skills at fondant-like decorating. And the delicious taste was there, too.

But I think it's safe to say that my sense of entitlement to go crazy in the kitchen is out of my system. At least, until next weekend.

6 comments:

Robert said...

Mmmmm. Cake. Go Happy Marni, Go!

Deborah Graff said...

Gorgeous! And it sounds like it was as delicious as it looked. Yummy.

Hilary said...

Gorgeous!

Eve Oster said...

Such a beautiful cake!! Who needs an advanced degree when you can make things like that? :-D

Marni said...

Thanks guys! You are so encouraging that I might just bake again! :-)

Jeremy Ricketts said...

Dude. That is the most amazing thing I've ever seen made of food, that wasn't made by someone who does cooking/baking for a living. Amazing.

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