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Old 08-16-2015, 11:53 PM   #51
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Thank you, bakechef! I appreciate the tip. I thought it came out pretty good for my first try. I'll make another one this week and hopefully fix the problems.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:16 AM   #52
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Thank you, bakechef! I appreciate the tip. I thought it came out pretty good for my first try. I'll make another one this week and hopefully fix the problems.
Looks great. I like the second one better. Isn't it great having BC here when you need him the most? Your own little baking class. And you are the only student. How lucky can you get! Good luck with your adventure.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:10 AM   #53
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Looking good GG! A little espresso powder in the icing brings out the chocolate flavor...
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:23 AM   #54
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Thanks ☺ Addie, they're different pictures of the same cake.

I couldn't find espresso powder at Kroger. There is Kahlua in the frosting, which tastes amazing.

bakechef, I just thought about it and the ratio I used was one to one - six ounces each of chocolate chips and cream. So changing that to your ratio should fix the texture and increase the chocolate flavor, too. Yum.
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I couldn't find espresso powder at Kroger. There is Kahlua in the frosting, which tastes amazing.
I have espresso powder...I could mail it to you, PM me.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:19 AM   #56
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Thanks ☺ Addie, they're different pictures of the same cake.

I couldn't find espresso powder at Kroger. There is Kahlua in the frosting, which tastes amazing.

bakechef, I just thought about it and the ratio I used was one to one - six ounces each of chocolate chips and cream. So changing that to your ratio should fix the texture and increase the chocolate flavor, too. Yum.
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Old 08-22-2015, 01:22 PM   #57
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Okay, here I am at the competition, waiting for the judging to begin I'm not really happy with how it looks. I felt nervous as hell this morning and was afraid I'd drop a layer or spill the frosting and I know I forgot a lot of the tips so many of you thoughtfully shared.

But there's nothing more I can do. DH said, "What's the worst that can happen? Gordon Ramsey could look down at it sadly and say, 'Damn.'"

But it tastes amazing, especially the frosting, which I adjusted quite a bit from the one that inspired me. Thanks to my buddy Princess Fiona who mailed me some instant espresso powder to add to it

Wish me luck! 🍀
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Old 08-22-2015, 01:38 PM   #58
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P.S. Mine was the only one that was decorated with something other than the frosting itself. I wonder if that will help.

P.P.S. I was so nervous this morning, I was hoping I wouldn't win, so I wouldn't have to make it again next month for the State Fair!
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Looks good, GG! Break a leg!
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