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john estacio’s cake

November 15, 2008

johnscake

We have a friend who writes symphonies and operas for a living.  He also bakes wicked, wicked desserts.  He is the only person I know who owns a kitchen torch and a countless number of bundt pans from Williams-Sonoma.  This is a man who bakes a bunny (cake) for Easter.

John arrived at our door last night with this masterpiece.  Wouldn’t you open your door to a man bearing this?

I made a modest dinner of bison and beef short ribs, mashed potatoes, crusty bread, and roasted beets, carrots and parsnips (which I burned).  But then we topped it off with this cake. 

Here’s another view:

topofjohnscake

This is called a Cinnamon-Caramel-Ganache Layer Cake.  I extracted from John that he found the recipe in his Fine Cooking magazine.  The presentation was clearly to die for…but then I took a bite inside.

It is a very adult cake.  Whipping cream ganache with crushed cinnamon stick sandwiched in between bitter-sweet chocolate chocolate layers.  This is not your kid’s chocolate birthday cake.  The cinnamon was spicy and the chocolate was not sweet.  The combination was heavenly, and I was especially fond of the bitter-sweet chocolate frosting, which was more like an icing that held the magnificent caramel swirls.

If you are very very lucky, you too can have a friend like John.  But we aren’t sharing him.  He’s all ours.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. supersu permalink
    November 16, 2008 1:15 pm

    oh my god…that is one of the most beautiful cakes i have ever seen!

    🙂

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