Day Three in Kakekrigen - Sugar N Spice

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day Three in Kakekrigen

Now Competition is getting tougher & tougher…………


It is getting serious. Till now, I was taking one day at a time but now as the week final is getting closer I am feeling the heat. I have to gear up and bring the best game forward. I am aiming for the Yellow apron and feeling very confident.

Today's theme was Cake based on Caribbean Flavors. Judges also wanted us to use spices in cake. I felt like I have hit the JACKPOT. This is my strength ,I very well understand the use of spices and how to balance the flavors. Same time, I felt the pressure of giving my best performance as the Judges have high expectations from me.
The first thing comes to our mind when we talk about Caribbean, is sun and coconut. So, I planned to make Key Lime Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd, Chocolate Ganache and Chantilly Cream. This is a heavenly combination. I used cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon to spice up the flavors. Judges were excited and looking forward to taste my cake. Today I was getting lot of attention :-).

Sharing my mother’s secret tip with judges
In the beginning itself, I knew I have taken up a huge risk. At home the same cake would take 4 to 5 hours. As this cake is composed of different elements and each needed some cooling time in the refrigerator. I didn’t had that privilege today. But I had to step up and take the risk.


Everything was going as per plan. It was bit stressful at the end but I managed to finish the cake. I would have preferred better finishing but was happy with the result.

Here comes the Drama.........

We all were standing on our station and were waiting for Fridtjof to start with his lines. Fridtjof looked at me... and he knew something was wrong. He asked me ‘whats happening’ and I said ‘my cake is falling apart’. All of a sudden cake start to break from middle. And the same moment all the cameras in the studio focused on me and my cake. They wanted to capture my reaction, they might be thinking that I will cry. But I quickly composed myself although my heart was sinking. There was not much I could do. I took a deep breath and the shooting began.

When the Judges came to my station and I had to present my cake, I presented it as the ‘’Explosion of Flavors’’. And in a sense it was true. The cake was full of spicy, tangy, coconutty flavor.We all laughed on it :-). I suspect the reason behind the explosion was the way I pricked flowers in the cake.

We all were holding hands while judges were tasting our cake. It was very comforting and helped me to calm down my nerves.That’s why I say, I couldn’t have asked for a better group. Thanks to all my co-participants.

I called it Explosion of Flavors :-)
Although the cake exploded but I knew all the flavors were in place. And was 100% sure that it’s going to taste marvelous.

It was supposed to look like this. I made this cake for one of my friend’s birthday :-)

Lemon Curd 1.jpg

Lemon Curd.jpg


Today,I was so confident that I will win the Yellow apron but it slipped from my hand. I was bit disappointed but wasn’t disheartened. I was very proud of what I created. I am still in the competition and looking forward to give my best in week’s final. 

Tomorrow is week’s final and the winner will move on to Semi Final of the season. Cheer for me……………