Friday, July 19, 2013

Some cakes need more than one pair of hands.

Yesterday Kirsti from Melbourne on my Mind and I had a Dessert Day (our tenth she tells me!). Earlier in the week she had gotten in touch and was like "um, hey I think we should try to make a checker board cake, thoughts?" Except that she probably spelled chequer board because she's all Australian.

Anyway, I was on board. because um - hello! Challenge. This is what Dessert Day is all about, making something that could end in DISASTER (spoiler, but it does not!).

We also made a cauliflower pizza base which is naturally gluten free and thus a win for me. We used this recipe here but were (understandably I hope) alarmed by the amount of cheese. So we cut back the amount of cheese to about 2/3 of a cup. Here are my thoughts. I think one could double the amount of cauliflower (2 cups) and not pre-cook it and use the same amount of cheese. Also, and I know this will come as a shock...but I don't mozzarella cheese (WHAT THE GIRL WHO WANTS TO TRY 1000 CHEESES DOESN'T LIKE MOZZARELLA?  It's the truth people). So I also think one could easily sub in cheddar.




Ok, but let's get down to business. We used this recipe for a checkerboard cake, but we didn't do the whole green and gold thing instead we added 2-3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder to one of the cakes, and 2 oranges worth of zest to the other cake. We also just baked the cakes in two and then split them using floss (seen below). I think if I were to attempt this again, I'd double her cake recipe and make four cakes that are just really thick.  Also, as a gluten free girl, I cannot eat Milo - so we made that and just made normal ganache and used that instead of the white chocolate situation and as the frosting.


After scrounging around Kirsti's kitchen trying to find round things that seemed like concentric circles to use as a stencil to cut the pieces of cake, we found that the bottom of the paper towel holder was good for the middle circle and the jar of baking powder was good for the inner circle.


After getting the first layer situated on the platter, there was so much high fiving and jumping around the kitchen one would have thought that we'd invented fire.


Now one mistake we made was to make the ganache as we cut the cakes into rings. Be ye not so silly, make your ganache and put it in the fridge to cool down. However, one bonus of the way we did it, is that we ladled (literally, with a ladle) some of the runny ganache into a bowl and put a thin layer into between each cake. Then the cake kind of absorbed some of the liquid chocolate-y goodness. For a gluten free cake, I'd recommend this other wise I think the cake would have been pretty...dry.


Can you just admire that thing of beauty for a moment?


The moment of truth...slicing into the cake.


And it's a thing of beauty! Look at those checkers!



What do you think? Do you want a piece? Are you going to accept the Checkerboard cake challenge?

42 comments:

  1. How can you like cheese and not like mozzarella? It should be a crime!! I love Pizza and bread but I'm def going to try that cauliflower pizza to try to cut out some carbs every now and then so I can add more cheese!! That checker cake looks fabulous.

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  2. That cake looks delicious!! How creative- I might have to give it a try for my little guy's first birthday!

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  3. It looks incredible! I don't think I'd have the patience to try and make one, but I'd definitely snaffle a slice or two.

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  4. That cake looks amazing! You guys did a wonderful job, and I'm pretty much drooling on my keyboard right now.

    I've tried the cauliflour pizza crust before, and it was pretty good! But, since I don't have any problems with gluten, I do tend to prefer a good old pizza from the pizza truck that parks across the road than taking the time to make my own (cauliflour or not!).

    Can't wait to see what you girls make next!

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  5. OMG! That cake! I need it in my life pronto! This reminds me that i've not eaten cake in a LONGGG time. Not even at my friend's wedding earlier this year because i was busy being a wedding planner and bridesmaid

    xo Stephanie

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  6. OMG that looks SO GOOD! you guys did a great job and i bet it tasted amazing too.

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  7. I won't accept the challenge, but I WILL accept a piece of cake. Shall I DM you my address on Twitter? :D (Oh wait, I'm doing the allergy elimination diet again. You're off the hook. NO CAKE FOR ME...Well, no choc/orange cake anyway. Great combo by the way).

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  8. Cauliflower pizza? It looks so tasty!

    And the cake! Oh, my.

    I've yet to try a checkerboard cake. I did try a rum marbled bundt, once. When cut, one side looked like a horseshoe, the other an Omega, which was at once weird and totally awesome!

    Needless to say, until I muster the nerve to try a checkerboard all my own, I'll take a piece of yours . . . please, and thank you.

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  9. Okay that cake is FREAKING AWESOME - no wonder y'all were jumping up and down like crazy. I would too!

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  10. I am turned off by "fussiness" in a recipe, so this cake would not be for me, but at the same time I admire people who are not turned off by fussiness, so more power to ya!(But seriously, I do not understand you people. But I will happily eat your desserts.) :)

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  11. I think: OMG. Looks amazing!! :P

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  12. That cake looks awesome!!! Now we are craving sweets. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  13. If you can believe it...I don't like cake (cue gasps of horror!). I made a Bailey's chocolate cheesecake today and it turned out quite well. And some GF banana oat cookies. But I will admit that the cake is really very lovely even if I wouldn't want to eat it. I almost want to try making one just to have people oohhh and aahhh :)

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  14. The checkerboard cake looks amazing! I will definitely want a slice. :)

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  15. Oh my god! That cake looks AMAZING!!!!!

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  16. Ok..so they both look absolutely insane!!! I love the idea of using cauliflower on pizza! The looks beautiful!!! It would be so fun to serve at a party!!! I am sure the design is just too cool!

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  17. Pretty! Was that first one a dessert?

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    1. No! Not at all, it was a savoury pizza :)

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  18. ohmygosh, that cake is beautiful! wow!!! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  19. Beautiful! And I'm very intrigued by a cauliflower pizza base. Will have to give that a try one day.

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  20. Wow it's beautiful and looks amazing, too!

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  21. No on the cake challenge, but I will absolutely have a slice of yours and that pizza? Oh it looks so fantastic.

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  22. That sure looks tasty! Awesome work :D

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  23. That cake is AMAZING! Come make me one! :D

    Also, I have that same tupperware.

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  24. I amazed so amazed by that cake! I would not have the patience!

    I am definitely bookmarking the pizza recipe. I don't like mozzarella that much either. It's too...greasy?

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  25. Do I want a piece? No, I want the whole thing. YUM!


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  26. You make that cake look so easy! I bet mine would be a big old mess, at least I could call it a marble cake haha

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  27. That cake looks intense! Holy cow, a lot of work, but probably super rewarding.

    I made the pizza too. I loved it, as cheesy as it was, but I also gained 2 pounds from eating it all week on my meal plan (it was part of the diet plan for Revolt), so I would have to agree, more cauliflower, less cheese next time. Better for the waistline!

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  28. I said it to Kirsti and I'll say it to you: beautiful cake! That just looks so YUUUUUUM. Kudos to you both!

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  29. I always wondered how people did that!!!! :D I don't bake much and doubt mine would turn out that well. Looks DELISH though!

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  30. This is AWESOME!
    I have never attempted something like this... I need to!

    XO Lourdes

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  31. I am going to have to try that pizza! ... that said, this is a bit of a late comment on the post .... and I'v noticed your missing from blog land - I hope all is well; know I'm still rooting for your perfect job to get with it and hire you! - I know how it goes ::sigh:: Hang in there and keep the chin up - you are an amazing person, and at some point life will send the right job your way.

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  32. I'm in for the cauliflower pizza. If it's gluten free it's for me.

    I love this idea of getting together with a friend to bake/cook/create together.

    www.girlwithanewlife2.com

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  33. Did my comment disappear?

    I love this idea of getting together with a friend to bake/cook/create something together.

    www.girlwithanewlife2.com

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  34. Oh wow, your checkerboard cake looks AMAZING!!!! I'm so impressed! xoxo

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  35. I'd love a piece of that cake. Looks delicious!!!

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  36. Okay, i will not take the challenge because my cake would look like a pile of.... something gross. Not sure what.

    But your cake? Your cake looks freaking delicious!!

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  37. Goodness gracious that cake might be the most amazing looking cake I've ever seen....wow. I could eat the whole thing :)

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  38. That looks delish! I'm not a very good baker so I'll have to enjoy your photos :)

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  39. The cake looks amazing, but I'm actually much more interested in the pizza, it looks so delicious! I love things made with cauliflower... I have a cauliflower "mashed potato" recipe that I absolutely love. :-)

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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