One of the main things that we’re learning in our labs this semester is different types of cakes and the techniques used to mask them. All this means is that I’m bringing home about 2 cakes every week, not that any of my friends or family are complaining!
Considering this is my first time properly masking cakes, they’ve all turned out pretty well. The first week we made Strawberry Shortcakes and Sake Mixed Fruit Cakes. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Sake Fruit cake, only because I found the Sake flavour a little too strong in the cake. Last week we made Swiss Roll Cakes, Chocolate Dome Cakes and Black Forest Cakes. I loved doing the Swiss Roll because it wasn’t like all the other cakes. I enjoy the roll shape versus the classic cake, plus we used a chocolate ganache that we poured over the top and decorated it with a little gold dust for added effect! This week was my favourite so far. We made a Hazelnut Mocha Torte and a Banana Chocolate Torte. The Hazelnut Mocha one had caramelized pears in the centre and a buttercream frosting, which turned out to be surprisingly tasty even though it seemed like an odd combination at first. The Banana Chocolate was also a huge hit with my family!
Next week we move on to some more intricate cakes, which I’m looking forward to making and posting on my blog!