Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Cake Monday: June

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.

Surprise Wedding Cake by George.

We know that George is somewhat an “expert” baker, so we all had fairly high expectations for this cake. However, we were still all stunned when George brought in this masterpiece of a cake. The cake was a vision with buttercream roses along the top and side of the cake (which were pink and sparkly much to Katie’s delight) and it was smothered in a smooth chocolate ganache. However, this cake, which was already very impressive, held a surprise. When George cut into the cake, we saw that the inside of the cake itself was a square pattern of raspberry and chocolate sponge. We all had one question… How did she do it?!

This was not an easy cake, it involved creating two mixes, one with chocolate one with raspberry sponge, baking them and then cooling them in the fridge, THEN baking two more of each and doing this again. Then it got technical, George had to use a PROTRACTOR from Andrew’s old school kit, to cut out circles of the sponge of each cake, swap them over and stack them up, using jam to stick the pieces together. It was then covered in chocolate ganache and left to cool, with the final touch of the flowers, which were piped with buttercream and edible glitter.

The Verdict:
Needless to say, we were all impressed. This was like nothing Cake Monday had ever seen. Andrew was particularly pleased with how “engineering concepts” had been used to build the cake. Sidonie said she would expect it only from a professional cake shop. The cake was deemed a “winner” and “the best cake yet”. The cake received a record breaking three 10/10 scores and we had 2 mini Simon Cowells with guest judges in Oscar and Isaac (George’s two boys) who agreed that it looked really good and their Mum had worked very hard. Well done George who goes straight to the very top of the leader board with 9.4/10.

Surprise Wedding Cake Average Score: 9.4

Next time: Hearts were racing when we were finding out who will bake next month’s cake, no one wanted to follow George… but it was about time for Callum, who hasn’t baked a cake since he joined. We all fear he will turn up with a pie.