I’ve been waiting all summer to get to cakes in my pastry class. It’s not that I haven’t loved doing laminated doughs, or pâte brisée, or pastry cream, because I have. But cakes kind of fascinate me. They’re really hard, for one thing. I’ve had many a Twitter and in-person discussion about this with Shaw Girl about the challenges of making the sides of a cake perfectly smooth – no matter how hard I try, I’m never quite able to do it to my liking.
So, here’s the cake I made in class this Tuesday. Yes, that’s you, ModernDomestic readers, that I’m saying hello to. I picked up a couple of tricks to make the top perfectly smooth, but those sides are still eluding me. And let’s not even talk about that chocolate piping.
Still, it’s a start, right?
I’m sure I’m not alone in my cake obsession. And now that it’s a new school year it’s a good time to tackle those pastry projects you’ve always wanted to do.
What pastry recipes, techniques, or projects do you want to master? Chocolate truffles? The perfect cream puff? Fine piping? Share your ambitions or frustrations in the comments.