Saturday, February 6, 2010

Some Like it Hot!



Half a bag of flour, several cups of cocoa and sugar, a litre of buttermilk and a whole carton of eggs LATER....... I finally figured out the art of high elevation baking! Here we are in February again, and a whole year has passed since I gleefully won third prize at the Logan Valentine's Chocolate Festival. I wasn't about to enter the same cake recipe as I did last year, which meant I had to put in a few hours in the kitchen coming up with a new recipe, the only thing I didn't realize was how MANY hours. 

I found a great recipe that I had made before (back in the Koots) from the Rebar cookbook, but considering it's a westcoast restaurant, the recipe doesn't exactly work at 5000 feet. So I made several attempts before I finally resorted to the internet to find out how to alter the ingredients and temperature. Thank god for the internet. By my fourth cake I finally got it. And my children were only too happy to oblige and be the tasters for each cake, the slumped ones anyways. 
Once I mastered the cake, next was coming up with a glaze and creative enough use of chocolate. I settled on incorporating a Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly into the chocolate glaze and threw in a couple teaspoons of chili flakes for effect. The result is a sweet and spicy chocolatey sensation. I topped it off by spelling out the word LOVE with dried chilis (it is a Valentine's day event after all) and titled it "Some like it hot!"

This year I'm hoping there won't be a reenactment of last year's babysitter drama and we'll actually make it to the event. Fingers crossed......

6 comments:

gladventurer said...

Good Luck Eden!!!!!!!!!!

Seamstress & Gardener said...

What a trendsetter you are, shaking up old Utah. Hope you win!

xoxoxo e

annie said...

your cake was gone by the time my sister and I got there, but we still put our vote in for you :) Did you find out if you won yet or not?

annie said...

whoop...I am still signed in under Annie, my sister...just in case you were confused who "annie" was.

Uncle Joe said...

Good Luck with the cake, Eden

Uncle Joe from Saskatoon

Uncle Joe said...

Good luck with the cake, Eden

Uncle Joe from Saskatoon