I should have stopped right there with the bad first batch and run out to get a gift. First I ran out of cocoa and had to get some from the neighbor who only had the Nesquick stuff. I also ended up in a huge hurry, didn’t wait for the ganache to properly get cold, poured the lacquer glaze on a bit early, dissolved some of the ganache, and to really top it put a huge gash in the top with the measuring cup I was using to pour the glaze. It looks ok, but I’ve done better. I’m just going to clean up now, pack my next suitcase, and not open the fridge for a few hours. Urgh. And then I’ll have to fight the traffic nightmare caused by the closed Bay Bridge. Praying that the cake survives it. Nothing like your beautiful avatar, Julie!
On the positive side, the lacquer glaze tastes awesome, I put some espresso in in lieu of some of the water. Though it doesn’t want to set, still totally liquid. Probably screwed up some measurement. Or have to be more patient for the gelatin to do its thing.