A birthday cake. They can come in many different forms and I like to experiment and this is one of my own creations, made for my best friend. Considering I made it the day after returning from a trip to America I’m very pleased with my result. However I didn’t have the smoothest ride making the cake…
The actual sponges, in which I used a simple 4oz flour, 4oz sugar, 4oz butter and 2 eggs recipe and filled with whipped cream and fresh strawberries , came out fine- brilliant in fact however the rest of the journey is a bit down hill. Being July when I made the cake, the sun (yes believe it or not) was shining causing it to be very hot and thus, manipulating fondant icing proved to be very difficult. After many fights with the fondant I somehow managed to get it to cover the cake smoothly enough, with a few holes here and there… But of course these holes weren’t going to be a problem considering the decoration I chose to top the cake with.
The flowers which topped my cake were made by simply kneading food colouring into the fondant icing until my required colour was made and the shapes were formed by a pastry cutter- easy enough. What made the next step difficult was that the flowers dried very quickly making them very hard to stick onto the slowly melting cake. However a lot of will power (and jam) later, the flowers finally started to stick together and cover up the mistakes in my base coat icing. The writing was done by using a paintbrush and some food dye. I also added some edible glitter to the surroundings of the cake which hasn’t 100% worked but you get the idea.
When finished I took it along to my theatre school’s dress rehearsal that evening and it was destroyed by my best friend of whom it was her birthday and 20 of our fellow performing friends. I’m glad to say after all that effort it was enjoyed by all and I even got the odd “that was the nicest thing anyone’s ever made for me” comment here and there confirming that hard work can pay off. All in all, what a tiring day!
Despite this not being the most appealing dessert ever, when I made this as an Easter treat for my whole family it went down a treat!
Although it was a very tasty roulade, the whole thing was a nightmare to make and a nightmare overall. The sponge was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to make and as it cooked, it was evident that it was not going to be an easy sponge to roll- the corners rose up off the bottom of the tin which, at the time, completely threw me! Eventually I ended up squishing the sponge thus forcing it to flatten.. In addition to this, the sponge was an almost paste making it near impossible to mix with a mixer let alone fold in egg whites.
However, it was such a good recipe I would still recommend you to make it if you want to create a roulade like no other. Hope you enjoy making this
Butter, for greasing
175g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175g caster sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla paste
2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
50g caster sugar
300ml double cream
50g icing sugar
500g fresh raspberries, plus extra to decorate
1 Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 38x28cm baking tray and line with baking paper. To make the sponge, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the surface of the water does not touch the bowl. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
2 In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks using an electric hand whisk until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla paste and cooled chocolate and stir until smooth. In a large, clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Stir a large spoonful into the chocolate mixture, mixing gently, then fold in the remaining whites. Fold in the cocoa powder.
3 Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and gently level the top using a palette knife. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Place a sheet of nonstick baking paper on top of the sponge, then put a clean, damp tea towel on top of the paper. Leave to cool completely.
4 Meanwhile, make a syrup. Mix 25g of raspberries and 25g of jam sugar in a saucepan with 2tbsp lemon juice to make a runny like jam. Put the caster sugar and water into a different small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to cool completely before stirring in the raspberry jam.
5 To assemble the roulade, whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Dust a large piece of non stick baking paper with some of the icing sugar, then turn out the roulade onto it and peel off the lining paper. Brush the raspberry syrup over the cooled sponge, then spread over the whipped cream and cover with the raspberries, pushing them into the cream slightly. Starting from a long edge, roll up the sponge like a Swiss roll. Roll tightly to start with and use the paper to help you roll it up. The roulade may crack when you do this, but that’s part of its charm. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
6 To serve, trim the ends of the roulade and place on a serving plate. Dust generously with the remaining icing sugar and serve with extra raspberries.
So basically I was practising for my food tech gcse at school on Thursday and the recipe I used was poo and inevitably my profiteroles failed. Therefore I found a new recipe, remade them and tadaaa; my result.. Why lime and coconut do you ask? That’s because I’m a freak who is obsessed with Chinese food. When I told my teacher about my weird choice of flavouring she called me a beast- my biggest achievement to date, ish.
We have to make a three course meal for our course and considering I am hoping for an A*, I chose choux pastry for my dessert and here we are! My other courses are salmon and lemongrass fish cakes and some stuffed chicken of some kind with hoi sin or plum sauce so yeah…
The recipe I used to make these was from The Times recently and it was a basic choux pastry recipe. I added lime zest and dessicated coconut to whipped cream and covered the profiteroles with white chocolate and more lime zest and they actually taste so good and were so easy to make! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
“And the waiters set a leg of mutton before Alice, who looked at it rather anxiously, as she had never had to carve a joint before.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland.
I actually love this quote. Not only does it represent new beginnings for me from creating this blog, it also produces a setting for what my blog is going to be based around; food. Oh and yeah, its from Alice In Wonderland- one of my favourite books (hence the blog title).