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Posted: 07 January 2008 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I made this along with my wife Becky Gates and our housemate Eva Chen over christmas. We did it over two days; geez it took a lot of time! But it turned out looking fantastic and tasted amazing. It went pretty smoothly, except the buttercream curdled wickedly while we were making it. That happens to me every time and always makes me feel stressed out (I even dumped a whole batch last summer, thinking it was beyond rescue). But we did some chilling and high speed beating and it came together beautifully.

All the recipes are from the Cake Bible, though I think we did something slightly different cooling or rolling the cake which came out of Joy. The cake is the chocolate Genoise (the one from cocoa, not from chocolate), the buttercream is coffee Mousseline, the ganache is the Dark Chocolate Ganache, and the meringue for the mushrooms and doves is the piping meringue.

-Holly Gates

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Posted: 07 January 2008 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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HOLLY GATES:
  Good morning. Welcome to the culinary forum. I am enjoying viewing your baked product. I am happy to see that many of our new members are very talented. We cannot get too many of those. I am looking forward to seeing more of your stuff,
  I also lived in the Los Angeles area for 26 1/2 years. I lived in the Hollywood/Weat hollywood (Sunset Strip) & Culver city area. I left to go live in Las Vegas Xmas day 1985. Which district did you live In???. Good luck & have a nice day.

~FRESHKID.

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Posted: 07 January 2008 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 07 January 2008 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Gorgeous!

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Posted: 07 January 2008 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Excellent!!!! I love the doves.

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Posted: 07 January 2008 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Your Buche is absolutely lovely!  I am so envious of your masterpiece, I love baking but do not have a lot of patience with decorating.

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Posted: 07 January 2008 03:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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How spectacular!  You really got a nice curl to the cake too.

MrsM

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Posted: 07 January 2008 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Perfection!  How beautiful.

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Posted: 08 January 2008 10:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks for the compliments everyone! We baked the genoise in a big cookie sheet, one of those aluminum ones with the thick rolled edge lined with parchment. So the cake was pretty thin and long, which made for lots of rolls when rolling it up. The doves were not part of the original plan, but we had a bunch of extra meringue in the bag and the facing page in the CB from the meringue recipe was for piping meringue swans…

-Holly

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Posted: 09 January 2008 12:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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bravo! i’ve been really behind this week but decided to take a quick look at the forums and wow was i ever rewarded! that b?che is really terrific.

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Posted: 10 January 2008 10:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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This is fantastic! smile

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