The Challenge is here

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Most of you may have heard of a group called The Daring Bakers, which consists of baking enthusiasts in the blog world. Each month, there is a baking challenge for every member to accomplish. These are real challenges that perhaps only the very daring home bakers will take on. Am I exaggerating too much? Not at all! Proof: please visit all fellow daring bakers and see for yourself!

Anyway, I am proud to be included in this month challenge, which is hosted by the talented Peabody of Culinary Concoction. She has chosen a marvelous challenge for all of us – A Strawberry Mirror Cake. Truth to be told, when I first read about this during my holiday in Sydney, I almost fainted. I used to have very bad experience with any type of sponge cake, let alone a mousse cake with the mirror topping. The recipe did sound long and complicated, I wasn´t sure if I was ready for it…

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But then, after the hectic at work and study was settled, I did find some time to make the cake. It was done mostly at night over three days. Most of the time, however, was for the cake to settle in the fridge.

Contrast with my worry, the sponge cake itself turned out all right. Reading the instructions and tips from other daring bakers really helped (thanks guys!). After the cake was done, everything else was pretty smooth. The Bavarian cream set wonderfully and so did the mirror topping.

However, I did make some mistakes during the assembling process. Adapting and scaling the recipe to fit my mini ring, I miscalculated a little (my work involves math you know?) and ended up with a lot of leftover Bavarian cram. But the strawberry cream was so delicious that I and my flatmate didn´t waste a single bit. We had it as filling for our pancakes and it was marvelous!

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I am really happy with this cake. Firstly, it is so pretty! Secondly, it tastes fantastic. The flavour of strawberry really comes through, providing a very refreshing taste to the mousse. This would be a perfect choice for summer party.

You also have noticed that I served my cake with some dusted cocoa powder. Initially, I intended to make some chocolate sauce instead. However, the sauce may be too rich and sweet for this. Pure cocoa powder is much better choice. It gives a light contrast and lifts the flavors of the whole cake without overpowering the fruitiness. There are pieces of dark chocolate here or there to tease the palate a little, too.

If you are looking for the recipe, please head over to Culinary Concoction (I´ll link to the recipe when Peabody posts it).

Please don´t forget to visit other daring bakers´ blog to see their showcase of this marvelous cake. You can find the list of all Daring Bakers here.
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77 Responses to The Challenge is here

  1. Dharm says:

    Lovely! I like how you’ve decorated the cake and isnt that little cocoa butterfly just fantastic! I didnt have time (nor the energy) to decorate my cake as we had visitors over that were just as impatient as my family and I to try the cake…!! Well done again!

  2. Anne says:

    Beautiful, stunning, pretty and oh so gorgeous! I’ve always admired your creations and your photo’s are really awesome! The cake looks heavenly. I love the decorations :)

  3. Andrea says:

    Your cake looks lovely! The cocoa decorations are very pretty with the cake!

  4. Tartelette says:

    Gorgeous! I love that cocoa butterfly!

  5. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Well, welcome to the Daring Bakers! Your cake is totally lovely. Great first challenge for you!

  6. Lucy says:

    What can I say? This is stunning.

  7. Ellie says:

    That is absolutely divine! I can’t wait till Peabody posts the recipe so I can give this a try 😀

  8. KJ says:

    Too beautiful for words. I wish I was as creative as you.

  9. Leslie says:

    WOW! You totally put me to shame. Such gorgeous presentation. Your cake looks wonderful!

  10. Lis says:

    You did an amazing job, Anh!

  11. SimplePleasures says:

    All I can say is ITS GORGEOUS!

  12. Canadian Baker says:

    Your cake looks awesome Anh! I wish my mirror looked as good as yours. :)

  13. SteamyKitchen says:

    I love the colors of the cake!

  14. Pille says:

    Mini versions of fancy cake always look so cute – and the colour of your mirror is wonderful, so intense pink – mine was a much lighter shade. Great job!!

  15. Sig says:

    That looks so stunning Anh…. simply breathtaking beauty… love that color!

  16. Peabody says:

    Looks great and I love the butterfly!

  17. Wendy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  18. steph says:

    Beautiful decoration, Anh!

  19. sher says:

    Your cake is simply wonderful, Anh. I love the photo and the way you decorated it was brilliant!

  20. Anh says:

    Dhram, thank you. I was aiming for the minimum decorating. :)

  21. Ilva says:

    It looks if it comes straight from a French patisserie! Lovely!

  22. Mary says:

    Everything about your cake is just perfect! The size, the cocoa, the plating, and that butterfly.

  23. veron says:

    Anh, what a precious looking cake. I love the chocolate swirl and that nice touch with the butterfly. Now chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven!

  24. sunita says:

    That looks so lovely…can’t help staring.

  25. Lydia says:

    Another success from the Daring Bakers, and how nice that you are now one of them! Congratulations on your first challenge — the cake is beautiful!

  26. Asha says:

    This is the fourth Mirror cake I am looking at today and your’s is the best looking so far!! Stunning Anh,great job!:))

  27. Rose says:

    This is so cute Anh. Well done

  28. Jerry says:

    Oh I not only love the color, but I love the butterfly!

  29. TBC says:

    Your cake looks so pretty!I love the decoration!

  30. gilly says:

    Beautiful job on the challenge! I too must chime in and say what a beautiful butterfly decoration!

  31. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    That is truly stunning! Absolutely beautiful and the butterfly just makes it perfect!

  32. Lia says:

    hmmmm i love your cake looks great :)

  33. Mishmash ! says:

    Anh, before I praise for that mirron cake, let me tell you, I liked your butterfly a lot :) I feel it makes a lot of difference to that presentation…so cute :) and the mirror cake…..i have seen 4-5 so dar…liked yours and anne’s for the presentation and now i wish I could taste a piece :)

  34. lynn says:

    Just gorgeous, Anh! I love the plating – darling butterfly!

  35. breadchick says:

    Nice job on your first challenge! Welcome to the crew.

  36. Mandy says:

    well done!!! Your first DB challenge is a success. Love your presentation!

  37. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful. I’ve never heard of anything like this, both the cake and the challenge. Congratulations.

  38. Sara says:

    Amazing photos! You did an amazing job.

  39. Cheryl says:

    Gorgeous presentation. I love when the cakes are made in mini versions.

  40. Hilda says:

    Your cake is adorable and how original of you to decorate with cocoa and chocolate instead of strawberries! The pictures are lovely. =)

  41. Deborah says:

    Your decoration is wonderful!!

  42. Rumi says:

    Hi,Anh Nice to meet you.

  43. Rumi says:

    want to know about Tamara Milstein. I `m really liking to watch her TV Program( Tmara and word`s cake ) in Japan (local cable TV though) and i want to know about her more.

  44. tigerfish says:

    OMG! Pretty in pink! Elegant…so so pretty! I’m jammed on words now, cos I love even the cocoa butterfly on your plate! 😀

  45. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, I was so sure your cake was gonna be wonderful – and I wasn’t wrong!

  46. Anita says:

    I love how you decorated your cake! Beautiful job!!

  47. Ivonne says:

    Anh,

  48. Elle says:

    Very elegant decorations and the mini size is adorable. It is a pretty tasty cake, isn’t it? Beautiful photos as well.

  49. Connie says:

    its tricky adapting a recipe down to a smaller scale. and i had leftover cream too. your decorations are so perfect! mmm… chocolate strawberries

  50. valentinA says:

    Goodness me! Your strawberry mirror cake is flawless! It’s simply astounding! I wish I could have it:P

  51. Truffle says:

    I absolutely love how you have decorated this. What a stunning creation!

  52. Johanna says:

    looks really beautiful – and daring too! The chocolate rose on the pink topping looks most impressive – can’t say I am about to make it any time soon but I hope one day maybe!

  53. Inne says:

    Such a beautiful cake, Anh. Is that gold leaf you used in the mirror?

  54. Heather says:

    I like how you added the chocolate, maybe I needed to try doing that. I guess I am to much of a rush to eat to have the thought to decorate.

  55. joey says:

    Gorgeous Anh! The cake turned out wonderful! And you are right…it’s so pretty! :)

  56. Sharmi says:

    your presentation is simply marvelous . looks so pretty and tempting. now going back to your pics:)

  57. Belinda says:

    What an ingenious idea to use the leftover Bavarian cream for pancakes! And your chocolate accented cake is a stunner! :-)

  58. Anonymous says:

    Strawberry bavarian cream? Yup. I want a slice.

  59. Chris says:

    Lovely! I love it in the mini form! Great job!

  60. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Anh! what a stunning piece of work that is! You totally blew me away! I love the butterfly stencil touch. If this isn’t eye candy, I don’t know what is!

  61. Nora B. says:

    It is so pretty! I like the additions your made like the cocoa and the choc. The butterfly is a nice touch. :-)

  62. Anh says:

    Hi all, thanks so much for all of your compliments. :)

  63. Amy says:

    Your cake is beautiful! The little cocoa butterfly is really adorable!

  64. Sandeepa says:

    Absolutely delightful. Its so very pretty.

  65. Poonam says:

    the cake is charming! First time on your blog..Loved the recipes and pictures.

  66. Mel says:

    Intense decorations!! Looks great!

  67. Culinarily Curious says:

    Beautiful Ahn… when you offer a class in plating and decorating, know I will be among the first to sign up. I love your chocolate butterfly.

  68. Quellia says:

    Beautiful work!

  69. Happy Homebaker says:

    It’s so pretty, I really love the presentation of your lovely cake! Well Done!!!

  70. Cynthia says:

    What an accomplishment! It looks great, Anh! Congratulations on completing your first challenge.

  71. Kelly-Jane says:

    Lovely cake and great presentation, the little butterfly makes it extra special :)

  72. Rumi says:

    Anh, thank you for your comment:

  73. Jes says:

    Cute presentation!

  74. Jyothsna says:

    Very pretty cake…Lovely colour!

  75. Cris says:

    It looks wonderful! I love the way you had a butterfly stencil decorating the plate.

  76. Viji says:

    You have lots of recipes which r interesting.I will drop in soon and try to prepare some.

  77. Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Beautiful cake Anh!! It looks amazing :)

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