Hello again! Hope you are having a peaceful weekend.
It’s raining here, a nice change from the heat. I’ve been feeding my ever-growing number chickens every few hours by hand, just because they love it (and I love it, too). They tend to gather outside of my kitchen when it rains hoping for someone to bring them a treat. I could sing ad nauseam the praises of having chickens in your backyard but I won’t do that to you. Not today. Now, onto this week’s project.
Here is my take on Rose’s Polish Princess Cake.
I just shared it last night with my in-laws and everyone loved it. The cake was moist, the flavour was balanced, and no, it wasn’t too sweet! More on the flavour later.
I will first talk about my cake’s looks. Not too prettily assembled, as you can see. I wish I had acetate film when I assembled the cake but I didn’t. Acetate film is really useful for layering cakes the prettiest way possible. Of course, I’m blaming not having acetate film when I should be pointing the finger at myself. I just couldn’t get the aluminium foil to stand flush against the cake so that I could just pour the pastry creams and letting them nicely fill in the nooks and crannies. Instead, I had to cool my creams to a stiff consistency so that I could spread them carefully on the cake instead of having them run away towards the bottom of the cake and beyond.
So, what did I do in terms of flavour? Well, I didn’t have vodka so I settled for whisky. I love whisky (and scotch, and bourbon) paired with chocolate. That decision set me up for a number of changes in the recipe. Instead of black tea, I used a couple of organic chai tea bags. And rather than pairing the walnuts to the chocolate pastry cream I paired them to the plain cream and omitted the raisins. To the chocolate cream I added a handful of cocoa nibs. Of course, a pinch of salt went into every component of the recipe. The result? Splendid. I love this cake! It might not be the original Polish Princess but this is a great rendition. Just ask my family. And my husband. They all made very happy noises during its consumption. A bit like happy chicken chirps during a feeding frenzy.
Have a great week everyone!