Sunday, February 27, 2011

Extreme Cake Decorating

Every cake decorator knows the challenges of working under extreme pressure.  Working long into the wee hours of the morning, expanding air bubbles, difficult clients and of course, the weather.

This weekend we had the most marvelous group of ladies, one who even made the trip up from Busselton for our Buzzy Bees workshop.  At the end of 6 hours hard work, everyone went home with an impressive cake.  What was more impressive though, is producing these cakes in extreme weather conditions.  Perth's world record of 22 hot days.... with the weekend being 38°C.  If you can produce a chocolate cake in this weather, you can pretty much make a cake in any situation....that my dears, is Extreme Cake Decorating!

Oh chocolate, glorious chocolate!! Every girls' second best friend!

Sugar bee production - guaranteed to make you smile!

And this little one, just looked so adorable next to his beehive.

Viola!  Classic 101 completed!
 Well done class it, you really inspired us!


Daring Bakers February Challenge

It's been a while since I've posted a Daring bakers challenge.  There have been so many wonderful challenges and they really are challenging - which is the idea of the group, that between Christmas and new year, I couldn't find the time to complete them.  

Anyways, without the excuses, this month's challenge of Panacotta just fit in fine with the summer we've been having! 

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to manage the florentine cookies that were part of the challenge, though they look positively divine in this months results.
I chose a mango gelee as the fruit component to accompany the panna cotta.  The pannacotta itself, sweetened with honey had just the right amount of jiggle and smoothness, for me, it was a tad on the sweet side and the honey a little overpowering, but it did impart a lovely homely sort of dimension to the dessert.

Visit Mallory's blog for the recipe and check out the results of the other Daring bakers! 

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