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More Recent Baking Adventures - Chocolate Cakes and Pear Almond
Posted: 07 June 2010 12:00 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Couldn’t resist sharing these, too.  I was inspired by Hector’s birthday cake to put whipped cream on the Chocolate Valentine cake, which set off the raspberries beautifully!  This was my first attempt at the Chocolate Raspberry Genoise…it tasted good, but next time I will fold in the chocolate with a bit more care since it lost quite a bit of volume, and take it out of the oven a couple of minutes sooner.  I was sooo afraid of the cake falling that I left it a little longer than necessary.  Thank goodness for the cocoa syrup!  Finally, although the Swedish Pear Almond cake looks plain, I HIGHLY recommend it…you can see from this picture how fine and tender the crumb is.  I absolutely loved it!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Your cakes looks absolutely heavenly!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  Very nice job, indeed.  I’d love a slice of any of those.  Which was your favorite?

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Posted: 07 June 2010 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Beautiful!!!!!!!!

Updated:  Ditto re Jenn’s comment about floating on clouds.  So true!!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Beautiful! I love the look of the raspberries on top of the cream as well -looks like they’re floating on clouds!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 08:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Rozanne, thank you—yes, Rose’s book is aptly named!
Julie - I think my favorite was the pear/almond, then the valentine, then the chocolate genoise.  But I think that if I’d executed perfectly on the chocolate genoise, it might move up the list…maybe even to first.  The flavor of that raspberry ganache was wonderful, though it was excruciating to try and get those darned raspberry seeds out with my little sieve!  Just looked at Lehman’s but not sure I want to invest $55 in a food mill that I’d probably use just for deseeding raspberries : )
Anne and Jenn - Yes, I loved the way Hector’s mango-on-whipped cream birthday cake looked, so had to try it with the raspberries.  Took it to a friend’s party about 40 mins away so I used gelatin-stabilized cream and it held up just fine!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 11:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for the high rec’s for the pear almond!  I always look at that one quizzicly, but I’ll have to add it to the list!!!

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Posted: 07 June 2010 11:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I think the cakes look great also.  Now I want to try the pear almond.

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Posted: 08 June 2010 04:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Anne and CRenee, you’ll have to report back how you like it!  The texture reminded me of the whipped cream cake, but a more flavorful version and an extra bit of moistness from the almond cream.

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Posted: 09 June 2010 01:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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The pear cake looks just perfect. You inspired me to try it this week. I bought the pears tonight smile

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Posted: 09 June 2010 03:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Matthew, I’m glad you’re going to make it!  You should post pictures, because with your beautiful photography skills, everyone will be able to see how yummy this cake really is!  One of these days, after I get my baking skills up to snuff, maybe I will work on the photography….

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Posted: 09 June 2010 09:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Matthew - what happend to your oven? Did you have to get a new one? Just wondering. I guess you have an oven at this point.

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Posted: 09 June 2010 02:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Oh, I forgot to update that. The thermostat was shot on my old oven, so I got a new one! Just did some bread baking this weekend, seems to be doing fine smile —-thanks for remembering.

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Posted: 10 June 2010 12:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Matthew - 09 June 2010 05:00 PM

Oh, I forgot to update that. The thermostat was shot on my old oven, so I got a new one! Just did some bread baking this weekend, seems to be doing fine :) —-thanks for remembering.

What did you bake?

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Posted: 10 June 2010 04:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I baked a sourdough bread smile

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Posted: 10 June 2010 04:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Here’s the cake Loopy, thanks for the inspiration. My old oven baked in the middle of Rose’s ranges, and the new one seems to be baking done at the first time given. Interesting how every oven is different.

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