Sunday, June 23, 2013

Coffee Cake

Oh wow.  Just looking at this picture makes me wish I had more of this cake lying around.  This is another brioche recipe from TSOB, and what a great one.  I think I've got brioche down now; what a rich delicious bread!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Happy Birthday to my husband!  This celebration calls for a decadent chocolate cake.  And this blackout cake I got from Food and Wine is a great one.

On the technical side, I was surprised that all the chocolate in this cake comes from cocoa powder.  I also thought that the cornstarch in the frosting needed to be cooked longer than the recipe says to get rid of it's flavor. I love the idea of crumbling a cake layer and decorating the cake with the crumbs.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bee Schnitten

This unusual "cake" is actually brioche bread.  It's a TSOB recipe, and quite a unique one.  Schnitten means "cut" in German.  The bread is baked whole, then cut in half and filled with pastry cream.  It's coated with honey before baking, so that's why it's a bee.  I decorated the top with pastry cream to look like the rings on a bee.  Another yummy addition to this cake is that the crust gets soaked in a rum simple syrup.  It tasted like a coffee cake, without the crumble.