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Our next Bake My Cake 2013 entry comes from Mellissa. She has a lovely blog called I Breathe… I’m Hungry. Her blog won’t kill you like mine will, because she blogs about low carb and gluten free food. Her site is gorgeous, and she even has an e-cookbook that you can download! Have you ever written a cookbook? I didn’t think so.
Mellissa sent the following note with her entry:
Dear Movita, (aka Rachael),
Congrats on graduating from baking school! You are an inspiration to us all – living the dream and reinventing yourself. I admire your courage, and you make me laugh all the time which is why even though I hate baking, I made this cake for you to celebrate your graduation. It almost killed me. But it was worth it in the end, I just wish you could taste it!
I thought long and hard about what to make for you, and in the end I decided to stay true to my low carb/gluten free way of eating and blogging. But since the competition is stiff, (I mean seriously, Shannon from PT is probably going to make a diorama cake of all your baking school exploits with tiny fondant mixers that actually work – I want to hate her for being so awesome but I just can’t because…well…she’s awesome.) I had to do something to stand out. And since my piping skills are minimal, and my patience even more so, I made you a cake with bacon on it. Because bacon is always a winner – this is a known fact of any cooking competition, so why should a baking competition be any different?! I also made tiny squee-worthy ice cream cones out of bacon and lined them with melted dark chocolate, which I then stuffed with coffee ice cream. It was so good it almost brought a tear to my eye.
And so I give you, The Epic Bacon Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream Cake. Dense chocolate cake (low carb and gluten free of course), layered with coffee ice cream and slathered with a chocolate mocha ganache. Then I pressed crispy crumbled bacon into the sides and piped on a mocha whipped cream frosting. Topped with chocolate lined bacon cones and a scoop of coffee ice cream. I almost wrote LOL on top in frosting just to be funny, but didn’t want to get disqualified! ha ha!
Ice cream cones made out of bacon. Let’s just take a moment here.
Ice cream cones made out of bacon, lined with melted dark chocolate and stuffed with coffee ice cream. Preach it! Rich chocolate cake? Layers of coffee ice cream? Chocolate mocha ganache? CRISPY CRUMBLED BACON?! In our house, bacon is king. Even ebony-the-cat loves the stuff. Actually, ebony wouldn’t think twice about killing you for bacon.
Now, I want you to imagine that you are hosting a dinner party. Something like the ones you see on Martha Stewart. Actually, Martha is there. She’s a guest. You have a huge yard – probably a vineyard – and it is a warm summer evening. You’ve got a long, rustic wooden table lined with flowers and twinkling candles. You also have twinkle lights strung throughout the trees that line your party area. (You hung them up there yourself, because Martha would, and you didn’t use a ladder.) There’s a string quartet playing boring dinner party music. Your celebrity guests have dined on edible flowers (gross, but Martha insisted), and food that is artfully arranged on white plates. Gwyneth Paltrow is talking about goji berries and kale. People are rolling their eyes. AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THIS CAKE. Martha pushes past the other guests, grabs the cake and eats it all by herself.
That’s how amazing this cake is. Martha would risk pissing off Gwyneth just to have some.
Thanks for the graduation cake, Mellissa! I adore it. As in: knock-Gwyneth-over-just-to-get-some adore it.
If you love Mellissa’s cake as much as I do, you can cast a vote for it on Monday, June 17th, 2013.