Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ninety nine cakes in three hundred and sixty five days. And it's done.
General thoughts about the moment:
My feet hurt and my arms are covered in chocolate.
What on earth am I going to do with all of these cake pans and plates?
And then there's the big question that I've been asked 99 times this week: What's next?
I've never heard of a marionberry before. I went to good ole' Kroger with Marionberry on my list and didn't even ask the grocer what it was. I guarantee you that 99 out of 100 people in Jackson, Miss won't know what a marionberry is.
Well friends, I just looked. Apparently its a type of blackberry. I don't know why Rose couldn't just say blackberry. Wikipedia deems the Marionberry "the Cabernet of blackberries." I'm not really sure what that's supposed to mean either though. Cabernet is just another type of grape used when making wine. As far as I know, its not any better than a merlot grape. Maybe this is where I start sounding like I'm from Mississippi?
Nevertheless, I went for the raspberries- easy and classic.
I've actually been dreading this cake because orange cake is not exciting to me. But this one may surprise me- these cakes often do.
I've actually tried to make this cake twice before. I bought the oranges about 2 weeks ago and never got around to it. The oranges went bad and that was the end of that. Then I tried this weekend but my plans of baking got interrupted by the trampoline.
So now, I've finally completed this cake once and for all!
I am pumped about eating this one. Yum.
The cake includes the actual cake (called the biscuit roulade), Lekvar, apricot syrup, apricot ganache filling, and lacquer glaze. The apricot comes in from the apricot brandy that's used in almost everything as well as the dried apricots in the Lekvar.
But the lekvar was optional and the liquor store didn't carry apricot brandy. Basically, my chocolate apricot roll was not going to have any apricot in it.
I ended up figuring out an alternative route... hopefully it will still taste good.
I am flying through these! It's fun being at my parents house to do this because their kitchen is HUGE, I have 2 sinks, 3 ovens, and lots of natural lighting. And surround sound with the Head and the Heart pandora station playing. I feel like a rockstar.
I actually only have 2 cakes left to make now... the rest are all cooling / waiting to be composed with the other parts of the cakes. Like I said, I'm flying through them.
Friday, April 6, 2012
This is cake 2 in the weekend marathon! My original plan was to stay up tonight and do 4 but I think it might just be a Saturday marathon with 7 cakes. I'll need all the sleep I can get tonight...
I've been looking forward to Miette's Tomboy for quite awhile because apparently it's one of the best in the book. The recipe is really strange though and did not seem like typical Rose.
The cake marathon has officially begun. I went from 99 cakes in 365 days to 9 cakes in 3. Thanks to all of you for your input/encouragement over the past couple days via facebook/text/blog to tell me to keep going!
Here's the list for the next few days:
Chocolate apricot roll with lacquer glaze
True orange genoise
Torta de las tres leches
Mini vanilla bean pound cakes
Marion berry short cake
Bernachon palet d'or gateau
Back to the She Loves Me Cake-
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Time is ticking. Has anyone else noticed the clock on the right side of the page? Just in case you didn't, it says THIRTEEN DAYS! AAH!!!!!
So 9 cakes to bake in 13 days. And I'm taking 18 hours of upper level classes this semester with tests coming up in almost all of them. And believe it or not I do have a social life. Again, AAHHH!!!
So the question is, am I going to finish on time? Should I extend the deadline to remove the stress or still shoot for it?
For some reason I really want to finish on time. I've worked so hard on this all year long and I want to reach the goal that I set for myself. And honestly, it's only 9 cakes.
But then again, it's 9 whole cakes. that's 10% of the project. I really enjoy baking but I don't want these 9 cakes to be absolutely miserable because I'm trying to whip them out really quickly. I would have to have a baking marathon this weekend and Easter weekend in order to finish.
So thoughts anyone? Should I try to finish on time or extend the deadline?