Miette’s Tomboy Cake
At my old job, I would spend my lunch breaks wandering up and down Glenferrie Rd. Into lovely homeware shops and book shops a lot of the time. I flicked through the Miette book a couple of times, and loved it’s pretty scalloped pages, and girly pictures. One day I caved in a bought it… and then never cooked from it.
At my new job, I was talking to our lovely receptionist one day and for some reason the book came into conversation. She also bought the book but never cooked from it. I finished our little convo by saying I would make something from it and bring it into work before she left. As she was due to leave us to have a baby, I was hoping and praying that she would be having a girl so I could make her this cake as a going away celebration. Luck was on my side and I could make the signature cake that appears on the front of the book.
I was a bit doubtful about it; converting all the measurements from American to Australian – cup sizes vary, temperatures, etc. Melting chocolate in hot water too made me extremely doubtful. Having never really made a true buttercream before I was doubtful again… and with the eye popping amount of butter involved I was paranoid it wouldn’t have any flavour. But with the raspberry juice in it, it was some of the best frosting ever!
I smuggled the cake into work in my cake carrier under a black cloth as I knew I’d have to walk past our receptionist. It looked like I was bringing a cat into work 😛 When she saw the cake later on that day, she knew exactly which book it came from and was so excited to taste it! Yay!
Everyone who tried a piece loved it… that or they were just being nice 😉 haha! Some comments I got were “that was the lightest chocolate cake I’ve ever had”, and “omg are there real berries in this frosting!?!”.
A keeper for sure, but as I can’t be bothered working out all the conversions from American to Australian again, please check the recipe out here. If you do make it, look up cup conversions too. When I get time, I’ll update with the recipe.
We miss you Renata, and good luck with the delivery in the not so distant future if you haven’t popped already!! x