Friday, 2 October 2015

Cake Monday - September

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.

Banoffee Blondie Cake by George.

George lost the race and was back in the kitchen again, we were obviously all pleased. This time she focussed on taste with her Banoffee Blondie Cake which was a fusion of her two favourite things: banana cakes and brownies. It was not an easy cake to make starting with making an almond praline by heating sugar and almonds in a frying pan. This was tricky as she had to wait for the sugar to melt and caramelise without stirring, so a lot of swirling was involved. Then she melted white chocolate and butter over a pan of simmering water, whilst avoiding steam going into the chocolate and ruining it. After she mixed all these ingredients together she had the important task of judging when the cake was cooked but still gooey in the middle (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT). When she decided the time was right, it was left in the tin to cool. Because George is a perfectionist, she couldn’t leave it there so made it look pretty by drizzling over a pattern of white chocolate.

The Verdict:
We had a very, very happy office this Monday. This cake was scrumptious. Three 10/10s were immediately whipped out and no mark was below a 9. It was deliciously gooey and the banoffee flavour with the praline was exquisite. Katie immediately went in for seconds and Adam declared George the “Expert Baker”. Jamie said it was a “damn good cake” and he is a hard one to please! Smritee was reminded of her mother’s cooking and all in all the cake and its gooey nuttiness was loved by all. She is already at the top of the leader board but she’s back there for a second time… well done George.

Banoffee Blondie Cake Average Score: 9.4

Next time: Again, no one wanted to follow this cake, Katie is nervous… so is the rest of the office.

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