A Special Message

This post is dedicated to my lovely friends. Over the past few weeks some of you have graduated from university, got into medical school, won awards, found jobs, and just generally been awesome.

This post is also for my friends who are having a bit of a rough time at the moment, whether you’ve been having a hard time at work or uni, you’ve been rejected for a job, or you’ve recently broken up with someone.

This message also goes to all my lovely readers – yes, you – and it is:

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Devil’s food cake, fluffy chocolate frosting and bronze sprinkles. Go for it. You deserve it. You’re awesome.

TREAT.

YO.

SELF.

(if you don’t know what I’m on about)

Sadly I wasn’t the first to come up with this, I got the idea here

White Chocolate Mousse

I came up with this recipe back in October, when I made dessert for a dinner at my friend’s house. My friends have been asking for the recipe ever since, but I wanted to try it again before I shared it, to nail down the quantities. For the dinner party, I used the mousse to fill a tart with dark chocolate pastry, and when I did get around to trying it again, it was to fill my cake commission. I tested that before I made the real cake too, so I am pretty confident that this recipe works!

IMG_3752The pastry case I made using a recipe from Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess. I don’t like raspberries very much, but even I have to admit this mousse goes very well with them! I topped the tart with late home-grown ones, hence the small number!

White Chocolate Mousse

makes enough to fill a 20cm tart + extra (I put the extra in ramekins and ate it chilled)

  • 200g good-quality white chocolate
  • 2 sheets gelatine*
  • 120ml whipping cream, liquid
  • 250ml whipping cream, whipped

Heat the 120ml cream in a small pan over a medium heat until almost simmering. Soak the gelatine in cold water, then turn off the heat and whisk the gelatine into the cream until dissolved.

Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the hot cream and beat until the chocolate is melted. Leave to cool to room temperature.

Whip the remaining cream, then fold into the cooled chocolate mixture. Pour the mousse into bowls or your tart case, then chill in the fridge.

 

* I suspect that different gelatine brands might be different sizes and set different amounts of liquid, so just in case, I used Dr Oetker Fine Leaf Gelatine

My first Commission!

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I completed my first cake commission today! My Mum’s friend asked me to make a cake for her birthday party, and here it is. I got the decoration idea from the Great British Bake Off book I have. Mum’s friend asked for a cake with fruit, so I thought this would be perfect, particularly as I am useless when it comes to decorating with icing. Coincidentally, it also looks like a Danish flag, and the birthday girl is Danish! It is a white chocolate cake, filled with white chocolate mousse and raspberry purée.

Keeping my fingers firmly crossed for now, as I have to take it in the car to the party venue. Praying it doesn’t get dropped or smashed!