December 31, 2020 + Feb 1, 2021
Lava Cake with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce
Sarah, Season 1
67 down…32 to go! Woot woot, 2/3 of the way done!
Here is what happened on Dec. 31, 2020:
I knew going into this that lava cakes are notoriously difficult, so I followed the recipe to the T. This is the 15th MasterChef Junior dessert recipe I have made, and it’s the first one that instructed, “Bake for exactly 14 minutes.” So that’s what I did. After letting the cakes cool for 5 minutes as instructed, I tried plating them, only to have the first two fall apart :/ I was pretty discouraged, but wasn’t ready to give up. So I put them back in the oven and just winged it. The second attempt of plating didn’t go very well either. I felt defeated.
I then started cleaning up from my day of baking three MasterChef Junior recipes. I went to grab the final lava cake which I didn’t even bother trying to plate. I don’t know if it just needed more time to cool, but I was able to get it out of the ramekin without the bottom falling apart. However, it did eventually crack. But I was so excited to have even something remotely resembling a lava cake to plate and photograph! I was able to put some whipped cream on top, drizzle with some of the raspberry sauce, and get one decent shot.
Here’s the best part though: I took a bite after taking the photo, and it was delicious! Sarah’s recipe has a pinch of cayenne pepper in it so you get a little bit of heat to cut through the sweet. AMAZING! I’m glad I got one decent shot and got to eat some of this delicious dessert. I do plan to remake it in the future, so I can fully cross it off my list!
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One month had gone by and I couldn’t get the lava cake out of my head. It was taunting me, leaving me feeling defeated. Plus, the more I looked at the photo, the more I began to hate it. I knew I wanted to give it another shot.
Here’s what happened on Feb. 1, 2021:
Reminder: if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again! I was nervous to give these another shot, because I didn’t want to fail again. Can anyone else relate?
I decided to put my big girl apron on and use what I learned from last time to hopefully have a better result. And guess what!? That’s exactly what happened! I removed all distractions, took my time, and cooked the cakes a few minutes longer than instructed. And not only did they turn out, but I finally captured a great action shot with powdered sugar! This feat has been on my foodographer’s bucket list for a while now!
Here’s to learning from failures and growing from them instead of letting them defeat you!
All my love,
Dani, a big tid
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