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Posted: 20 December 2009 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Here is hubby’s birthday cake. We were supposed to be 4 for dinner, and I had 4 eggs, so I made a 1/3 size feather bed (think lap quilt!). Of course we had some late party crashers, so we had to share it with 8, but it was soooo good you didn’t need much anyways.

I made some slight changes / modifications:

My eggs had much more egg white than I needed (interestingly the egg yolk weight came out to the spot), so I made one extra layer for the bottom, inspired by Le Success: A pistachio meringue, which I used as the base layer. It gave the cake an interesting crunch at the bottom.

Inspired by Carolita’s Orange Featherbed and Le Success, I flavored the cream for the ganache with orange and earl grey tea. I just let both steep in the hot cream. I made up for the loss of liquid due to the extended warming time of the cream by adding some rum grin

I didn’t like how the outside looked, and I didn’t want to trim any, so I made a whipped cream where I added melted chocolate left over from the decorations while beating, giving the whipped cream little studs of chocolate, an interesting texture and a nice look, much like the Angel Food Cake in RHC.

Comments were “You didn’t make that yourself, did you?”, “This cake is like cakes in the finest cafes in Austria”, and “You’re a goddess!”.

Thanks to Rose for making me look good just by following instructions!


(Thanks Matthew for showing me the nifty trick with the pics!)

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Posted: 20 December 2009 01:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Oh my goodness… this looks utterly amazing!!!!  What a fantastic job you did!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: 20 December 2009 02:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks Patricia - though it’s nothing like what your husband got!

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Posted: 20 December 2009 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Silke - 20 December 2009 06:09 PM

Thanks Patricia - though it’s nothing like what your husband got!

Uh, I’d say yours was even better - look at that chocolate lace band!!!!!!!!!!!  Stunning smile

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Posted: 20 December 2009 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You’re being way too modest, Silke!!!  That is drop-dead gorgeous, but I understand where you’re coming from. Following in Rose’s steps, taking baby ones at first, we can do amazing things before we know it! It’s a natural progression from doing it just as she says, then taking what you’ve learned and start to put the elements together in new ways. Sometimes it’s hard to realize how far we’ve come.

You made extraordinarily lovely and creative modifications with this cake. Take a bow!!!

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Posted: 20 December 2009 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That cake is GORGEOUS!!!  I wish I could do that sort of decoration!

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Posted: 20 December 2009 02:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Wonderful cake, Silke!  I especially love the chocolate lace bands.  It must have been nice with the contrast of the crunchy pistachio dacquoise.  I’ll have too keep this in mind for my husband’s birthday, he always requests chocolate/not too sweet/with cognac.

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Posted: 20 December 2009 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Looks fantastic!  I’m thinking this must be up there with the Triple Chocolate Cake from TCB…one of my all time faves…  So wish I could have a bite…need I add I love seeing a square cake every so often instead of rounds smile

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Posted: 20 December 2009 04:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Beautiful looking cake, Silke.  And you made 8 choc trianges so everyone got one!  Can’t wait to try Matthew’s instuctions - looks like it worked.

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Posted: 20 December 2009 04:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Cake looks so yummy, and the decorations are wonderful!

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Posted: 20 December 2009 11:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks everybody, so much.

Annie, I realized when I started cutting that I positioned the triangles wrong, in order to get even pieces you have to cut the cake diagonally in both directions, and half it in both directions. I had to pick up all the triangles and move them all over by a bit to be able to cut. Oh well.

The chocolate lace was easy because it was straight. I piped them, then put the sheet outside where it was cold. I then transferred them on my also cold bench scraper, and then stuck them to the side of the cake. I still haven’t mastered the art of bending the chocolate around a round cake, though I’ll keep trying.

I got punished today for getting too cocky about my cakes - I made a poppyseed lemon cake and it was a disaster, it came out of the pan in pieces. Oh well. It’ll make great ski food, and a great bread pudding afterwards.

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Posted: 21 December 2009 05:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Silke, I love this take!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 21 December 2009 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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that looks amazing!! AND VERY YUMMY!

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Posted: 21 December 2009 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Oh sweet jesus…. wouldja lookit that!

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Posted: 22 December 2009 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Wow, it is amazing.  It looks delicious.

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Posted: 22 December 2009 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Glad to see that the instructions worked for you.  It looks beautiful and delicious!

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