Today we had a cake off!
Last week we (bulk nutrients team) went to Sydney for the muscle and model health expo. At that’s nights dinner the topic of cakes came about and in pure male behavior the banter of the better cake maker happened. By Monday following the weekend the competition was placed between Luke and James to see who could make the best cake with the big reveal the next Monday (today).
I don’t know what I expected from the boys but it was veritably not as much as they delivered. I was thinking more along the lines of a banana cake, chocolate cake with a nice icing, maybe a single cream filling in between, a no bake cheesecake etc. but they pulled out all the stops and came out with layered cakes, textures, bakes, whips and even brittle. We were all impressed with these.
The judging was done by all us as staff of bulk nutrients. A little slice each and we had to choose. And a small slice was all that was needed. It was rich, delicious, creamy, crunchy, and we probably didn’t want more than we were served up that’s for sure!
James created a baked peanut butter cheesecake. Basically it was a chocolate peanut base with a creamy peanutbutter cheesecake as the main component. From there it was a dark chocolate ganache drizzled over it with whipped cream topping and homemade peanut brittle. A 5hr feat and multiple attempts. So delicious but probably wouldn’t want to a large slice as it is super rich and even as a peanutbutter lover this would be adequate.
Luke created a 5 layered chocolate espresso cake. Layer one being a dark chocolate fudge cake, topped with a white chocolate baked cheesecake, with a espresso jelly, a milk chocolate mousse layer and the dark chocolate ganache. Presentation was with white chocolate shavings. It was again delicious and a recipe I have made before from my favorite dessert book women weekly indulgent cakes given to me by Tracy as one of my first cookbooks 🙂 while it looks difficult it’s really about doing one layer at a time and allowing the cooking times and it’s that’s easy!
In the end the overall winner was Luke. Based on the ability to complete a larger slice! Not being as heavy made it more appealing to many and the peanut butter flavour can be rejected by some (I have no idea why though!)
I think this should become an ongoing competition within the workplace. With so many staff we could all get a go, and who doesn’t love a Monday morning tea of cakes?!