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  1. Not the best photo, but I made Tiramisu for my cousins birthday dessert (don't think he's ever had it-but he really liked it). Family members beg for it, and I'm like "yeah, whatever". But I tend to forget how good it is
  2. Azelia is tasty by itself . I've only used it in ice cream and in buttercream. But, I've added additional chopped hazelnuts to both. I wouldn't mind trying to new fruit flavored, my passion fruit bon bon is one of the most popular, to my surprise.
  3. My step-sister's wedding cake. Her theme was Mediterreanean (she's Greek), so olive branches for most of the decorations. Took two years, but I'm glad its over and done. Cake is almond with ganache and raspberries.
  4. Haven't tried the Orelys yet, but I've been using the Opalys (33% white) a lot, and I have a bag of the Waina (35% white) that is different. Very vanilla-y. The one on the left is Opalys, and the right is Waina. Very different. I was looking on Valrhonas website, and they also have passion fruit and strawberry chocolate. Getting a little crazy.
  5. GF flours - why so gritty?

    I think that is the holy grail, not being able to tell something made with alternative flours is GF. Maybe I'm a picky pastry chef, but the few things I've had from this bakery always make me want to go and offer consultation. I think there must be a better way, but if these bakers and their clientele are happy ... One of my SILs is GF, I'll have to find some of that cake flour so I can make something she can eat for holiday desserts. I know what you mean. I think the blend is easier to find, maybe some supermarkets. I like it because it doesn't require the addition of xanthum gum. The cake flour does. You can order directly from them, but the shipping is outrageous. I think I found the cake flour from a site called Vita-cost. Much better shipping costs. Theres a cookbook called Patisserie Gluten Free that's really nice. Authentic Foods is the recommended flour in the book. Fortunately I don't get a lot of GF requests, but I feel OK with cakes I can offer now after trying so many other flours.
  6. GF flours - why so gritty?

    Authentic Foods makes a GF cake flour and a regular baking blend that I have found work best. I've used them in a few wedding cakes and I've been really happy with how they turned out. I leave the cake trimmings out for they guys in the kitchen and everyone loved the chocolate cake and had no idea it was GF.
  7. German choc cake filling

    It would need refrigeration, I wouldn't trust it. But, the recipe mentioned above for inside out German chocolate from Epicurious would work. It's made with dulce de leche, nuts and coconut, so no eggs to worry about.
  8. Help with Olive Oil Ganache

    Those all sound great. I'll check them out when I get around to chocolates again. I have my step sisters wedding coming up, and she wants chocolates, so would be nice to use the family oil in one. Thanks!
  9. Help with Olive Oil Ganache

    I tried an olive oil bon bon a while back, and wasn't pleased with it. I used white chocolate for the filling. I think I just tried a regular ganache with the addition of the oil at the end. Just seemed too greasy. I wanted to make one because every year we get a supply of oil from Greece from some property that belongs to my step dad and his brother. It's got great flavor and I thought it would be fun using that oil. Haven't tried again. I wonder if dark chocolate would be better? When I get a chance I might attempt again with some of the suggestions here.
  10. I've been working on a better way to offer my cake tastings. It's hard for me because I don't have random cake available, and I don't get a lot of cakes outside of work right now. But, when I do get one, I want it to have a nice presentation and be easy to transport. They are usually just taken to go so they can try them at home. So, I got small 3" cake pans and decided on this. It was a lot faster to assemble them, and they are sturdy. These were for four people to taste, but I might change the size. I ordered updated stickers since all I had were my old chocolate ones.
  11. Thanks, but I can't take full credit for it :). I saw the technique from Joshua John Russell using blackberries. I love it though, it makes flowers really quickly. I did better on my Greek writing for the 70th Birthday :). I think it was a bigger area that helped since it was a sheet cake.
  12. So, as well as Mother's Day, it was also my step-father's 80th birthday. They each got a cake. His favorite, German chocolate with an airbrushed Greek key (my Greek writing needs practice ). And for my mom, raspberry Pinot noir cake with fresh raspberries.
  13. Thanks, she had really nice flowers to work with. It's iffy sometimes :).
  14. Mickey themed wedding cake. Apparently the bride is diehard Mickey & Minnie :). Cake is red velvet.