Monday, 13 May 2013

Cake Monday 13th May

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? 1st Monday of the month.
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.

'Death by Chocolate' by Andrew. This was Andrew's first Cake Monday and also his first attempt at cake making "how difficult can making a cake be??".... He chose Mary Berry's 'all-in-one' method which involved making a chocolate sponge batter, chocolate ganache, and sealing the two together with apricot jam. 

The Verdict: 
No complaints in the office this morning. The cake was deliciously moist, with a good rise, even bake, well-made ganache (evenly spread across the cake), and a nice hint of apricot to cut through the rich dark chocolate flavour. You wouldn't know Andrew was a cake novice, people would happily pay for this cake. He absolutely nailed it. Top drawer. Excellent execution. Clearly his engineering precision background came to fruition in this task. 

'Death by Chocolate' Average Score: 8.1

This puts Andrew joint top of the leader board and the one to beat given this was his first ever cake! 
Next month: Nicole. No pressure.

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