Saturday, August 4, 2007
Summer's (2nd to the) last cake
The first Saturday in August marks the finale of the HSBC Celebration of Lights, an international fireworks competition that draws hundreds of thousands of suburbanites to English Bay in Vancouver. Every year, in time for the finale, we host a family gathering to celebrate the summer birthdays. So this morning, I finished putting together Dorie Greenspan's Devil's Food White-Out Chocolate Cake.
I modified the assembly by using the fourth layer to produce a taller cake. The crumbs were made from frozen left-over brownies that I had lying around as well as the remaining half of the Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake that I made for my birthday.
The Italian meringue icing is an absolute delight to fluff and play around with.
A Google blog search will reveal that this White-Out chocolate cake is very popular. I for one am now an official Dorie Greenspan groupie!
Having said this, I will now go into a very brief baking sabbatical, and the rest of the recipes in Ms Greenspan's wonderful cookbook, Baking: From My Home to Yours, will have to wait.
I will need to focus on a couple of upcoming exams as well as get back to my gym/running routine. Alas, I do not possess Ms Greenspan's genetics that has enabled her to be a thin pastry chef!
I should be back in mid-September with some fresh baking.
Addendum: Patrick, having seen my blog, insisted that he ought to have his own cake. Twist my rubber arm. There will be one more cake in mid-August.