Monday, June 21, 2010

New Desserts

 I think my dream job is dreaming up desserts and testing new recipes.  It is the aspect of the current job that I enjoy the most.  This is where the creativity flows and I get to put my brain to work.  I enjoy my job on a day to day basis but most of the work I do is routine nearly to the point of mindless.  Babysitting is the part I enjoy the least :-P. 
Lychee Raspberry Mousse Cake with Anglaise, Raspberry Sauce 
and a white chocolate straw.  
Lychee is a tropical fruit native to the Orient.  I think it tastes like roses smell, one of the guys I work with says cherries and bananas, another banana and watermelon.  The red velvet texture on the outside is tinted cocoa butter that is sprayed on.

 Sampling of Fruit Bruschettas - left is Polenta Pound Cake with Basil Strawberries, middle is Lemon Ginger Pound Cake with Brown Sugar Glazed Peaches, right is Almond Cake with Mango, Pineapple, Kiwi and Mint it's served with lemon-lime sorbet.
This dessert was a lot of fun to put together.  Hopefully people "get it".  It will become the dessert for the prix fixe "feature menu" where people can order a predetermined 3 or 4 courses for a set price.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Latest Cake

Another cake in the success column but not without some back sliding first.  I started doing the overpiping on the cake and it was sweating so badly that the buttercream was sliding off.

 Drying off the cake tiers

I came home to get myself ready while the cakes dried & accidentally fell asleep so I was racing the clock to get the cake delivered and set up.  2 of the cakes slid together on the car ride, I fixed the one that was messed up in the front but left the back. 

Looks pretty darn good.

Brittney waiting to cut the cake.

All in all another successful cake done!   As always I learned a couple of things and there are one or two things I would do differently given another go at it.  The color of the buttercream did not exactly match the fondant, but I'm not really sure how to correct that.  Given more time I would have filled in around the branches with more scroll work but I think I still looks fine the way it is.