King’s Cake

So its been almost three months and the main reason I started my blog was to make all the recipes in the book The Chocolate Bible by Le Cordon Bleu. Because obviously it is my dream to go there and study but I cant go for some reasons till then why not practice at home. So the last recipe I made was the Chocolate Pound Cake. This week was my parent’s anniversary. So I was thinking to bake a special cake for them. Maybe not the usual chocolate cake I make but something with a different recipe a different style. Hence I opened the Chocolate Bible and started going through it. I was torn between the King’s Cake and Sachertorte. But after counseling with everyone with what would they prefer, they somehow really liked the sound of “King’s Cake”. So the decision was made.

Problem was I had chosen a different cake design for the cake. Which was round and I had already made fondant roses for the cake to make a heart on it. King’s Cake was a rectangular cake with a smaller height and larger width. Clearly heart couldn’t be made on it but still I went ahead with it. Because obviously the cake was more important than the flowers.

Every time I try a new recipe, there is always a moment in it when I am like ahem ! I hope I am doing this right and I don’t mess it up. After that I think I messed it up. But I don’t give up and go through it and at the end it is always done.

King’s Cake was fairly simple to make but there was still that “doubting” moment. Also the problem that occurred was I had no time on hand to repair the over cooked sugar syrup and the little extra thick ganache.

But somehow after assembling the cake. I just popped the flowers on top in a row making it look like a log with roses ( I like the look okay). After that came the finale of cutting the cake and eating it. Yes you know the answer it was delicious. Though it tasted much better the next day after being refrigerated for at least 12 hours. But cakes always taste better the next day at least some do. The flavor somehow enhances overnight. Specially this one. So had super fun making it and eating it for sure !!! Thank you Le Cordon Bleu.

King's Cake

King’s Cake

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Chocolate Pound Cake

December has arrived !!! So has the festive season. I don’t know if its just me or somebody else is also out there who loses it when December starts. I just want to keep baking and baking and baking every single day ! So I have planned a few things to make this month. Starting with a yummy and simple yet delicious first dish of the month The Chocolate Pound Cake, recipe courtesy by Le Cordon Bleu’s The Chocolate Bible.

As I said in my earlier post that I am going to try and bake all the possible recipes in that amazing book as my substitute for not being able to go to Le Cordon Bleu. This is my start. Well not technically I had already made the truffles, Chocolate tart and chocolate mousse in it. But lets start afresh.

So back to the recipe.

I obviously wont be writing all the recipes in this book. But I will be telling you the fun I had in baking and tasting it. All the goof ups and the success stories.

If we talk about the history of pound cake. It is a Northern European dish which is dated back to the 1700s. The traditional recipe makes a huge cake to feed a large crowd. The concept was simple and intelligent 1 pound of all the ingredients in it. Like one pound butter one pound flour one pound sugar and probably one pound eggs.  But the recipe kept changing or lets just say updating over the years. Pound Cake now has various versions of it like American, British, French, Mexican, Venezuelan & Colombian and German.

The recipe preparation is pretty simple and easy. As easy it was to prepare it, it was as much difficult to bake it. The time allotted to bake the recipe was very less at least for me or probably it is my oven. It took me double the time than by what was said the in the book. I think I have removed the cake four times from the oven checked it and put it back with no idea what I was doing. Finally the fourth time the knife came out clean. So I thought lets just try it now. I was skeptical whether it was fully baked or no. Nevertheless I removed it from the pan and put it on a tray and cut the first two slices. I then took a bite of the slice, it was delicious. And the best part it was a SUCCESS !!! I am so glad that my first bake in this baking month has been great so I am hoping for more positive bakes in the future.

The pound cake had the perfect chocolate flavor. Perfect texture. Perfect everything !

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

A Dream

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
― Walt Disney

So quotes really inspire me. It doesn’t matter who said it. Quotes are just meant to inspire to you. That one line that connects with you and gives you hope. So this one here gives me hope that I should start doing something to get closer to a dream, which I am not being able to do since the past five years. So what am I planning to do that great, that it hasn’t happened since the past five years – go to Le Cordon Bleu and do the Diplôme de Pâtisserie course. This all started thanks to my very good friend AK (ADU ) I will hear good things from her when she reads this. Anyways five years back my mind was twisted between some career choices that I had to make. When I was 20 I had made a plan of what my life would be like in the next 7-8 years. Things were going as planned. But then obviously I spoke to too soon. Things went haywire when I turned 21. I was in a no entry lane or dead end you can say. At the crossroads of my life my very good friend Adu who knew about my baking obsession told me about Le Cordon Bleu. The day I went on that website I was so mesmerized. Because till now all I was doing was baking for fun but now I could imagine what all I could do with it.

There was a whole world out there. With great opportunities, with great people and great food. Seeing the website that day I realized my calling. But the dream wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. My plans to attend Le Cordon Bleu kept changing and getting delayed for one reason or another. I have been waiting for it since I was 21 and now I am 25 !!! like seriously it is still not happening. But none the less I haven’t lost hope. So my plan from now on is – so what if I cant go Le Cordon Bleu for now, I will bring Le Cordon Bleu at home.

Inspired from Julie & Julia. I have reached a very nice arrangement. A bibliophile that I am I cannot help but finish a good book. But cookbooks I feel aren’t finished if you haven’t tried all the recipes in it. So my plan is to complete the The Chocolate Bible by Le Cordon Bleu. The Julie Powell style. Well I could have gone for Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Foundations Classic Recipes book but then lets not get too ambitious. The Chocolate Bible has ample of recipes to get me started. It literally has everything that you can make with chocolate.  My only concern is who is going to eat so much chocolate !!! Let me know if I have any tasters reading this.

The Chocolate Bible

The Chocolate Bible

So as Walt Disney said – If you can dream it, you can do it. I will dream on completing this book one day and trying each and every recipe in it and not gaining an inch !!! God willing …

I am super excited !!!