Saturday, March 5, 2011
a constellation prize
I thought I would be all fancy and make him a cake with the constellation on it for his birthday.
The problem was that everything brought into work has to be vegan, which I have pretty much mastered, although cupcakes generally turn out better than big cakes. I can do a pretty good vegan buttercream frosting too, but I really wanted a dark nightsky chocolate ganache, with a nice luster, which is tough to achieve without cream.
I wound up using coconut fat from coconut milk, and it worked well. I added some cayenne to the dark chocolate which work well with the intense, bitter chocolate, the coconut cream and the sweet. I happened to have a ton of purple, vegan frosting left over from those cupcakes, so I used that for the constellation. Not perfect, but I think it looked pretty cool