My First Crap Cake

*With beginner cake decorator tips!

This amazing white chocolate cake is both way out of your baking league, and delicious -assuming you are also a beginner cake decorator. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this unless you have such low self esteem that the only way you can survive this life is through feeding off others disastrous attempts and mishaps and just plain untalentedness. It’s ok, we all do it.

You can find the recipe for this absolutely scrumptious cake here: https://livforcake.com/white-chocolate-cake/ This site has a heeaapp of mouth watering cakes to choose from too!

As you can see from this photo, I read a beginners food photography blog prior to preparing the cake.

I told everyone I was making this heavenly white chocolate cake, an extravagant one that’s three storeys high and decorated. I invited them all to save a spot in their treat bank for it this week and await this amazing cake sensation.

**beginner cake decorating tip: Beware of ‘the slope’ look and layer by evenly distributing weight by evenly cooked cakes and evenly spread frosting

The heavenly whipped merengue frosting is full of white chocolate and a ton of butter, and so is the cake. It surprisingly still kept its light merengue texture and when it melted on the tongue my whole central nervous system goes ‘mmmm … relaaaaax….I’m hooome” while euphoric memories of warm fires, cuddles and puppy dogs flood into my mind.

This merengue frosting was to be used in between each layer of the cake, for the smooth outer layer of the cake, and then for the ultimate finish- my creative input, the intricate piped flower craft on the top of the cake. At this point I am a bit disappointed about my not so smooth finish on the outer layer, but feeling hopeful.

I also threw in a tub of caramilk cream cheese in between the first layers of the cake for the caramel lovers.

**Beginner cake decorator tip: de-crumb cake prior to applying the frosting. Also look up the term  ‘de-crumb’ in cooking methodology.

Now this next step was going to fix my uneven layer… but something just doesn’t look right. White chocolate ganache phleghmnache. Looks like a lumpy goosebumps book cover. It was just not at all what I had been dreaming about over the past week. But I’m not going to let that bum me out I thought.. I’m taking to the sky and with my fantastical imagination and I will make a masterpiece!

Well, now I’m starting to regret telling my boyfriends mum all about this new hobby … and on borrowing her Russian piping tips excitedly telling her I would send photos and bring her some.

When the Russian piping flowers didn’t work my heart sank. They came out in big blue boogie monster globs. I am wondering, should I have followed the recipes directions instead of making this creative disaster? It was crap. This cake was now getting the official crap label. Those dark chocolate layers in there are actually burnt cake. That parmesan cheese around the edges are white chocolate swirls. *Sad face*

At this time my boyfriend had to interfere with some motivational talk all like “it looks goooood” and “the cake decorating craft takes practice, you’ll get better”

Well, boyfriend, if I had a child who was a boy and I was sexist, maybe it would be ok for his 2nd birthday with a previously purchased little blue Choo Choo train on top.

It tasted sensational.

No one received a gift or a photo.

  • **beginner baker tip:
  • – don’t tell anyone about your new hobby yet.
  • – my boyfriends mum recommends completely setting the icing overnight before decorating
  • – I believe in you and a better world with beautiful cakes for sharing.

Well, there’s a lot to learn from cooking fails. I think I will try it again someday and learn from my mistakes.

Please tell me about your wonderful cake fails and I wonder, did you still serve it up? How did it taste? Any tips to share that you learned from it?

Love,

Rosie

Choc Mint Protein Balls

Full of satisfying good fats, protein to keep you going, and it’s plant based. Choc mint is one of my favourite flavours. I love the coolness of the pure peppermint with a kick of cacao. Mwah! Simple recipe yet soooo delicious!

I used doterra peppermint oil, it’s a beautiful high quality oil but you can use what ever you have on hand. Vanilla protein powder along with medjool dates give the bliss balls a luscious almost chewy feel with caramel undertones.

Ingredients

12 Medjool dates

1/3 c Cashews

1/2c Macadamias

1 heaped tbs vanilla protein powder ( I used a plant based one called Amazonia RAW Protein Isolate Vanilla )

2 tbs cacao powder

6 drops doterra peppermint oil

Pinch of salt

1 tbs coconut oil

1c Shredded coconut for rolling

Method

Throw it all into someone’s food processor and whiz until clumps together slightly.

Place coconut into a shallow bowl

Roll mixture into bite sized balls and roll in the coconut.

Store in the fridge and don’t forget to share!

Queen Victoria Night Markets

Night Market 3So where’s the best way to spend way to spend with friends and family? Well! Let me tell you this is a staple of Melbourne if you haven’t been or if you are just checking this out to see the amazing place that Melbourne can be. Look no further then the Queen Victoria night Markets.

It’s somewhere where I usually end up a few times during the summer (even winter). This time was spent with Friends, Girlfriend (who would’ve thought) And then there was my sister. All great friends and people.

The Queen victoria markets have been around for as long as I’ve been around. Well longer in fact and has always been an amazement for food and cheap shirts and 10 dollar aviator sunglasses. Not to mention the staple of hot jam doughnuts. This was just the start of the amazing food that exists within these markets during a weekly basis.

But since about 2012 has been a yearly staple in my life. Apparently in it’s 19th year as you can see has no chance of slowing down.

Night Market 1
People checking out the markets. One pondering what food to have to the left another smiling and enjoying his time to the right.

This is how the markets are the hustle and bustle and great times. If you want to find some of the best food in Melbourne while enjoying a Pimms or one or a sangria from one of the many sangria stands this is where it is.

It has it all. You want pasta. It’s got it. You want a paella it’s there! You want a pulled pork or fried chicken burger made from the softest bread that is used to make dumplings from the amazing Wonderbao well hot damn! it’s also there. Which is the way I decided to go tonight. But there is every type of delicacy you feel like from around the world. It’s there…

I decided to go for the fried chicken wonderbao burger. With the softest tastiest bread in the world. It is an amazing feast. I remember getting their mini open dumplings from the noodle markets a few months ago in  and I had to come back for more. They are somewhere I tend to get into while out on market nights.

 

Night Market 2
Wonderbao delisousnes Crispy chicken bun burger designed for the Queen Vic Night Markets

Simple and delicious! That’s all I had to say I mean you can get paella at any market souvlaki at any market. It’s all there! The food is so amazing though. These were so damn tasty to a delicious experience none the less the bread wonderbao makes in my opinion is second to none soft, fluffy, succulent tastes amazing as a steamed bun but to make a burger life can’t get much better. As I did enjoy the Gua Bao that they make but this is next level. If you want the softest succulent tasting food in the world in a larger form then look no further. Served which chips to which you can take or leave. To be honest it’s all about the burger.

It’s amazing the food you can get from here though. It’s all world class and if you want a one stop place for some great Melbourne food look no further the Queen Victoria Night markets really does have it.

Not to mention they are so successful and the weather lately in Melbourne has been so nice. Today with a perfect 30 degrees Melbourne life doesn’t get better then this.

Night Market 4

It really doesn’t.