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TorontoJo | Oct 4, 201501:18 PM     44

My friends and my annual celebration of cake was yesterday. This year we had 9 people and between us, we made 15 cakes. We had 3 stand mixer stations set up and the two ovens going at 7am. All the cakes were done by 4:30 and we had them staged, shot, tasted, and packed in bakery boxes by 7pm. A long, exhausting, joyful day of barely controlled chaos.

The cakes:

S'mores cake -- graham cracker layer cake from Food52 (literally made from crushed graham crackers), filled with whipped chocolate ganache and frosted with torched marshmallow frosting.

Multi-coloured bundt cake -- red velvet, pink velvet and vanilla cakes. This didn't turn out quite the way I was anticipating, but it was a pretty result nonetheless. Note to self: pink batter turns brown when baked.

Almond breakfast cake with peaches -- from the Tartine Bakery cookbook. Really deep almond flavor.

Fraisier -- sponge cake filled with pistachio cream and straweberries, topped with crushed pistachios.

Torte gianduja -- chocolate hazelnut cake topped whipped cream and candied hazelnuts.

Espresso flan cake -- roux-based cake layer topped with espresso flan.

Duke cake -- from the Duchess Bakery cookbook. Deep chocolate cake filled with salted caramel ganache.

Chestnut cake -- molasses cake from Johnny Iuzzini, with chestnut paste and whipped cream.

Lady Baltimore cake -- RLB's white velvet cake, brushed with rosewater, and filled with nuts and rum-soaked raisins. Frosted with a rosewater meringue and torched.

Carrot cake -- topped with marzipan carrots.

Black forest cake -- filled with sour cherries and mascarpone whipped cream.

Ombre pandan cake -- 5 layers of pandan cake with different intensities of pandan extract. Filled with a gula melaka buttercream.

Chocolate mocha cake -- chocolate cake and mocha frosting.

Apple cake -- from Smitten Kitchen.

Adriano Zumbo's V8 cake -- crazy, intensive 8-layer cake from MasterChef Australia. 10+ hours of effort. My friend ran out of time to finish the outside decorating, but the cake was ridiculously good. Check out the recipe: http://tvnz.co.nz/masterchef-australi...

And that's it for this year. The take-home boxes were packed with deliciousness. My slices are now in the freezer, a delicious stash of home-baked cake!

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