- Make a notch up your cake, so when you divide it in three, you can line up the notches after you’ve iced it.
- After filling your cake pan with batter, spin it on the counter, and the batter will fill out the pan.
- After you’ve buttered your cake pan, use some of the butter in the pan to butter your parchment paper before lining the pan.
Today was a very sugary day. We started the day making a Genoise, a very light cake made with egg foam as the leavening agent (‘mechanical leavening’). This cake had three main ingredients; eggs, sugar, flour — so this is the goto cake if you haven’t got many ingredients around.
The icing was a buttercream, which is butter whipped into a meringue (egg + sugar). I took a page from Joe’s playbook, and roasted some almonds, and put them on the outside of my cake, and of course brushed some kirsch into the cake layers. The cake is so light it absorbs flavors very easily. How the cake made it home undamaged in my knapsack, I have no idea. We also made ladyfingers, which again uses egg foam leavening. Apparently the ladyfingers are to be used for a tiramisu tomorrow.
It was a long day because Alton, Pablo and I volunteered to help the pastry team make the display for the Bloomingdale’s Christmas Windows. It had to be completed tonight, so we were there till about 10.30pm helping the pastry chefs get their masterpiece made. I was first assigned making the brick pattern, but I was making the ‘grouting’ so thick that Chef Toni told me “uh….how ‘bout I give you another job?”. Eventually I got some tasks I could do, and we all had a lot of fun painting, glueing, icing, glittering, kneading, fondanting, etc… I have to admit I didn’t think we had a chance of getting it done by tonight, but sure enough Chefs Jansen, Toni, Mark and Jurgen managed to jump all hurdles (including us having put the gingerbread walls on upside down), and now the Christmas tree even spins!!!!!! Bloomingdale’s is going to be very happy.
Now, time to write out tomorrow’s recipe cards, which includes crepes and banana fritters.