Monday, 13 April 2015
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. When you have baked 3 cakes, you are out of the competition for 1 year.
'Healthy Chocolate Cake' by Teresa.
Teresa has been very vocal about her hatred for how popular chocolate cake is for Cake Monday. So when we walked in and saw a chocolate cake, we knew there had to be a catch. So how do you make a chocolate cake healthy? You make it with beetroot of course! This was a very adventurous cake and it was not easy to create this delicious cake sensation. Teresa had to use a lot of bowls, six in total (and therefore she had a lot of washing up). They were needed because of the many different ingredients that had to be mixed separately. Separate bowls were as follows: 1) puréed beetroot 2) melted chocolate and butter 3) egg yolks 4) egg whites and sugar 5) flour, coco powder and baking powder and 6) whipping cream. Bowls 1-5 were mixed separately and then folded in to each other and bowl 5 was used for a light topping. Chocolate buttons were added for decoration.
It’s safe to say we were all (well nearly all) converts for beetroot cake and most were shocked at how nice a cake with beetroot in could be. The cake itself was moist and chocolatey but not too sweet and the healthier option of light whipping cream rather than double cream complemented the rich cake beautifully. Jamie H declared it his favourite Cake Monday ever and it received two 10/10 scores (an Enterprise Recruitment first). Even those who don’t like beetroot liked this cake. However, not everyone was impressed with Teresa’s out of the box thinking, shockingly chocaholic Andrew said it was dull and uninteresting, unless you were diabetic. Overall the cake was a winner and goes straight in to the joint top of the leader board with an 8.8.
Next time: Katie. All of us are nervous.
Healthy Chocolate Cake Average Score: 8.8
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
We love our Blue Tit, so much so that Jamie brought in a bird feeder. Our office is on the top floor of the building in line with the Blue Tit's nest. There's a certain amount of anticipation as to whether the bird feeder will stay on the window or whether it will fall off and smash the BMW below. We also don't know if large almonds are his thing....will keep you posted...