Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Coconut Macaroon Cake after Baking Bad...







That time of the month again folks... no not in that sense.. but in the I get to reveal this months Cake Slice Bakers cake which was extra special for October...

This month is our last month with the very lovely Vintage Cakes and as a teat for all the bakers, we got to free choose what cake we wanted to bake. This proved incrediably difficult as there as too many great cakes in this book. I had narrowed my choice down to three... then to two as one of the recipes called for an ingredient I couldn't readily get here. The other two were the cake pictured and the "Blitz Torte".

Being plain and honest, as I am here with you guys, the cake pictured was not my first choice. I opted to bake the "Blitz Torte". A cinnamon cake with meringue and honey custard. It was all sorts of looking lovely, all sorts of scrummy sounding but alas this cake and I were not to be friends.

It was a total disaster.

The cake itself rose waaay to much.The meringue never crisped, just shrunk and flopped and the custard never set. I don't know where I went wrong but I failed miserably on the technicalities of this cake, obviously. I was so disappointed. It was definitely "Baking Bad" at it's best. I won't be entering the Great Irish Bake Off anytime soon that's for sure...

So... I went back to my other choice of cake and with a fearful heart I started my second last cake journey... It was a big one. There was marshmallow meringue making, coconut crumbling, chocolate chopping and cake not-to-be-over-mixed mixing and my word... did it turn out beautifully. It is so light and incredibly moist and the coconut macaroon layer is just to die for. The ganache on top is dark, dense and so rich it perfectly compliments the sweetness of the chocolate cake and coconut.

This cake realigned my universe. Brought order back into my kitchen and restored my belief in my Domestic Goddessery!! There was a lot riding on this cake... only for me, of course and I am so very pleased with how it turned out.

Make sure you stay tuned for next month when we will be revealing our new book an will have baked another something delicious from it... In the meantime...




20 comments:

  1. I am sorry about the tragic results with your first cake choice but maybe "it was for the best" this cake looks amazing! It's a total success! I love it so much that even when I was debating "what to bake next" from the Vintage Cakes book this one has made it easy for me to decide! This is definitely my next cake from this book, that even when we're done with it I know I am definitely not done personally! I will continue to bake from it! I wish you hadn't gone through such a hard time with the fail of your first cake... but it did make for a pretty good blog post! I love the way you express yourself in writing! Great job!

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  2. I am so glad that you bounced back from your first cake with this one. My family was just talking about coconut macaroons the other day so I can't wait to surprise them with this cake. Your photos are definitely making me hungry!

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  3. Sorry that number one was not what you hoped, but number two is looking great - can you send me a slice! xx

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  4. I didn't think that anything ever went wrong with your delicious bakings... Glad to hear your only human too.. ;-). Maybe that Blitz cake just wasn't meant to be... But this coconut macaroon cake looks so very delicious! Well done dear Hazel! Mirjamxxx

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  5. Everyone has disasters number two looks fabulous. Just look at all those links - I am off to look at cakes and drool. Jo x

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  6. This looks like my idea of the perfect cake! Sorry to hear about number 1 but this one looks like a winner!

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness. I don't even want to talk about the first cake....what first cake?....See.....this beauty has overshadowed everything! Oh how I wish this had been a mandatory cake. You've aligned my universe and I'm just sitting here looking at your gorgeous photos! Hazel you are a trooper for pushing through! : )

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  8. Sorry to read about the fight between you and Blitz Torte, but envy you for your second cake which is DELISH!

    I made Blitz Torte (in cupcake form) for our 5th Anniversary and it was okay; and I plan to make it again in a 6" round cake.

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  9. So glad that order was restored in your kitchen with this beauty! This cake sounds like a dream!!! And very hard to bake!!!! Hope you are well friend!!! Happy bake off!!!

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  10. Standing ovation! Glad you were able to redeem yourself! This cake sounds fantastic I love the candy bar version of this, my all time favorite! And with Halloween just around the corner I get to pick these out of my kids bags! Yay!

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  11. Sounds and looks delicious, glad this one turned out for you, it can be so disheartening when cakes fail.

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  12. This cake looks A.Mazing! May I have a piece?? Please!!!

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  13. What a comeback, kudos to you! This is one good looking cake.

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  14. Your coconut macaroon cake turned out to be baking grrrr-eat, Hazel. Love to have a big bite of your divine dessert.

    Looking forward to seeing the great gateaux from our next cookbook =)

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  15. Ciao!! Your cake looks so beautiful ! it is normal to have ups and downs you are a wonderful baker !

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  16. So sorry that the torte did not behave for you! The cake you ended up doing looks fabulous!! The other cake was just not meant to be... a moment of silence for that poor torte....
    Way to go on the Coconut Macaroon cake!!

    :)
    Holly

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  17. This is one beautiful cake. Love the frosting and the contrast in the colours!

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  18. Yum, looks like an Almond Joy in cake form!

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  19. Why I came to read your delicious blog when I'm hungry and there's no cake in the house I don't know - it's TORTURE!!! That cakes looks - and sounds - absolutely AWESOME Hazel! I wish I had a slice of it right here now....

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend lovely,
    Sarah xxx

    PS I'm just going to say thank-you for the Make Bake Love book for the 10th time....every time I cook from it I think of your darling blog and think how lucky I was to have won it! Plus everything seems to be so easy and tasty in Lilly's book! :-)

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  20. The funny thing is... I think the cake looks absolutely perfect and you say it's a big mistake! Girl I can barely mix a store bought cake!
    It looks delicious!
    Much love,
    Tammy

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