Monday, 14 January 2013

Cake Monday 14th January

We race (electronically) and the loser has to bake a cake to feed the office. 
Why? because we like cake.
Who? everyone in the office. No one gets out of it.
When? every Monday.
The rules: you make the cake yourself, without any help. You can't 'repeat' a cake. Your cake will be judged on presentation, difficulty and taste, and marked out of 10 by each colleague.

'Raspberry & White Chocolate Present' Cake by Jess. Jess has a reputation for being the hardest judge to please in Cake Monday. Whilst justifying her scoring system, she is not afraid to use the full spectrum of numbers at her disposal. Despite having only made a couple of cakes in her life, she set out to replicate a cake from 'The Great British Bake Off'. She had to use glucose to manipulate the white chocolate into malleable form to achieve the 'bow'. Beneath the raspberries is a plain sponge.

The verdict: Excellent presentation - absolutely unanimous. The technicality of achieving a symmetrical white chocolate bow was impressive. However, disappointment prevailed in its taste especially when we realised that the raspberries weren't in fact sitting on a layer of gorgeous melted dark chocolate, but a burnt crust. The Great British Bake Off would have some issues with "the bake" as the sponge was over-baked and a little dry. The white chocolate also needed more than a knife to cut into it. 

'Raspberry & White Chocolate Present' Cake Average Score: 6

Next month: Jake. You're never too new to bake a cake (Jake joined us a week ago). He has no experience in the cake-making department.

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