Thoughtful baking is centered around this theme – what does the person that you’re baking for secretly want, and therefore will be thrilled to receive? It becomes an interesting thought when the person that you’re baking for is you!
Last weekend was my birthday, which I used as an excuse to bake. I’m sure you can’t believe this is true, but it is. I wanted to make something a bit fancier than usual. I used a recipe I hadn’t used before, and tried a concept that I hadn’t tried before. I thought that individual blackforest cake would be a cute idea. I didn’t want cupcakes, but something a bit more sophisticated. I thought these would be a nice idea for wedding cake, too.
It wasn’t very complicated: a square mudcake, a kirsch-spiked ganache, kirsch soaked cherries, and white chocolate to wrap up my little presents. I cut the mudcake in two horizontally, filled with a layer of ganache and cherries, then topped with the final layer with more ganache. Ganache to coat the sides and melted white chocolate pieces to decorate. My greatest lesson from this experiment is that we shouldn’t try to over-complicate what is already a simple and delicious idea.
- The mudcake wasn’t as good as it could have been, despite me knowing a very good and reliable mudcake recipe, I decided to try a new one. Why? I can’t help but experiment.
- I used glace cherries, even though I knew fresh ones or canned cherries would be better. Why? I had glace cherries from a different recipe that I never made. I should have left them for Christmas, as I’m sure they would’ve lasted.
- My chocolate cutting skills need work. I need a more even way of making chocolate squares – a hot wire cutter?
This has lead me down the philosophical path of really only needing a few recipes in life. I will share with you only the ones I think worth repeating. A few excellent base recipes are all that are required, and you can then “thoughtful”-change them as much as required and you’ll know they’ll end up delicious every time.
The final lesson: let your creative juices flow. I’m still glad I tried these cute little cakes. They were still pretty tasty, and very cute.