1. Assorted Mushroom Dumplings
2. Summer Berry Medley
3. Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons
4. Red Wine Sauce for Roast Beef
5. Coconut Flan
6. Mussels Marinières - Top 9 Foodbuzz Pick
7. Sandwich Roll-Ups à la Jorge
9. Eggplant Parmigiana
10. Shrimp Grapefruit Salad
11. Avgolemono Soup
12. Sanbei Chicken
13. Mini Prosciutto Frittatas
14. Sour Cream Doughnuts and Doughbits
15. Enchiladas de Mole
Top 3 themes :
1. Vegetarian Cuisine Night : Assorted Mushroom Dumplings, Cremini Mushroom Risotto, Moist and Healthy Muffin
2. The Ultimate Breakfast - Banana Pancakes, Pain Perdu, Blueberry Sauce, Soy Milk with Horchata
3. Asian Cuisine Night : Corn and Crab Meat Soup, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Ma Po Tofu, Spicy Squid
Now, let's move on to the next question, why are there 3 cakes on the primary image? The two cakes at the bottom are for my birthday (Fruit Cake, bottom left) which coincides on the same day as my blogiversary and for my Mexican friend, Mon (Mango Mousse Cake, bottom right) which we decided to celebrate hers 2 weeks in advance. I was organizing a surprise cake for her, she thought that the cake I was making was meant for her. I decided to accumulate enough money from friends and colleagues to buy the surprise cake. I was so surprised that we have enough money to buy 2 cakes, showing how much we care and love her. Despite the number of close information leaks and accidental hints, we managed to surprise her. Happy Birthday, Mon! Kudos to all friends and colleagues who went along with the plan and to all who contributed the cakes.
The cake on the top of the image is for the first-year anniversary of my baby blog. Since I started food blogging, I had one thing in mind that I wish to fulfill : to bake from scratch with no shortcuts a multilayer cake with homemade frosting. I revealed my plans for a coconut cake among a few colleagues, some decided that it should have multiple flavours for each layer and my friend, Mathieu was joking about making a graphene cake. So basically I took this as a challenge. For the non-scientistific readers, graphene is not a food ingredient, it is what I am currently working on for the past few years in my research. In short, it is basically a sheet of carbon which has a honeycomb crystal structure. These sheets can be stacked to make graphite which is found in your pencil. Here is how a graphene stacking looks like, this will form the basis of the cake.
I have thought of making this cake unique, I wanted to detach each honeycomb "tower" from the cake without any cutting and serve it as one. If you can't see how, it will be shown pictorially. Enough chit chat, I'm dying to show you how we succesfully made this cake. It took us about 4-5 hours to make it and we were constantly beating egg whites and running the kitchen. The heat of the kitchen was hot hot hot, despite the cold weather in Montreal. The cake consists of three flavoured layers (vanilla, chocolate and lemon respectively) and coconut frosting in between the layers and on the top.
As in the scientific world, I have to write down all the names who contributed to the graphene cake : Victor Y., David J. O., Yony B., Monserratt L., Michel S.,Carlos G., Chris W., Jorge D., Fernando S., Lizbel L., Mathieu C.
Here is a close-up of the graphene cake.
What do you think, isn't that a masterpiece? Here is the recipe of all the components of the cake.
Preparation Time : about 10 mins
2 large egg whites
pinch cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup coconut milk
300g shredded sweetened coconut
1. Place egg whites, cream of tartar and salt into a medium bowl. Beat egg whites over simmering water with an electrical mixer and add sugar gradually. Beat until firm peaks.
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line parchment paper onto a 13'' x 9'' bakng pan. Oil bottom of the paper.
2. Beat egg yolks with water and oil.
3. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar. Add sugar gradually and beat until firm peaks. Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture.
5. Transfer batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake for 10-15 mins or until cake springs back.
6. Cool for 5-10 mins. Using a hexagonal-shaped mould, press it onto the cake. Remove parchment paper and let your guess eat the unnecessary part of the cake.
5. Refrigerate cake for at least 30 mins.
The structure stayed intact after detaching 9 cake towers. Impressive isn't?
This is the longest post I have ever written, I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog. I will continue writing about food until the next blogiversary. Let me know in the comments section, what dishes did you like the most and what did you like about my blog?