Monday, January 25, 2010

Taste Testing at The Department Store





This morning I went to meet Karen Walker and Lucy Marr at The Department Store for a cake taste testing session. I brought along my three first cakes - one chocolate, hazelnut and banana cake, one blueberry cake, one stone-fruit and almond cake and some Belgian Biscuits. I think they went down a treat and hopefully the cafe there, The Tea Room, will want to stock my cakes in cupcake form.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Cake Shopping


I went shopping today for cake ingredients and decorations. I went to Milly's Kitchen for icing equipment and things to make my cakes pretty and then went to Harvest Wholefoods (an organic food store in which I can spend hours) and bought ingredients like real vanilla beans, coconut chips, pure extracts and all the organic flours I need. It's very easy to spend a small fortune on this kind of stuff.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

'The Summer Cake' - Stone Fruit and Almond Cake




I made this cake late last night. It was an unusual recipe that I came across in my folder of magazine clippings, which sparked my interest so I had to try it out. It's basically a light, sweet spongey cake embellished with plentiful amounts of seasonal stone fruits. The recipe called for 8 sliced nectarines, but I mixed it up a bit by using plums, apricots, nectarines and peaches. The unusual part is that the butter doesn't get stirred into the cake batter; it gets placed in cubes on top of the mixture when the cake is in the tin, along with the ground almonds. In the cooking process, the butter seeps into the cake but remains on the top layer enough to give it an incredible crunchy, golden topping. This is the type of cake you could eat an enormous piece of and not feel like a piglet. It's light and fruity and oh so summery. I think it'd be perfect served with a refreshing iced herbal tea.


Ingredients:


organic milk
sugar
organic eggs
flour
baking powder
yellow and white flesh nectarines
red plums
apricots
yellow flesh peaches
butter
ground almonds







Tuesday, January 19, 2010

'Berry Bliss' - Blueberry and Almond Cake


This is the latest cake that I baked to bring round to Murray's house for a delightful dinner party hosted by Atip Wananurucks and Natalie Smith and attended by myself and the hilarious Noelle Mcarthy. It's a blueberry and almond cake laced with lemon zest and cinnamon.
Perhaps it's the yogurt and ground almond it contains that gives this cake an interesting, very moist texture. It's quite dense and rich. Delicious none-the-less.
This recipe was adapted from an old Marie Clare cook book. I used yogurt instead of the specified sour cream and double the amount of blueberries.


Ingredients:
flour
ground almonds
baking powder
cinammon
sugar
butter
organic eggs
lemon zest
organic acidophilus yogurt
organic fresh blueberries



I've had a few enquiries about price and other details regarding my cake business. I'm currently in the process of ordering business cards and cake boxes amongst many other things but once most of these aspects are sorted I will get onto taking orders and getting my bake on! At this stage I'm looking at charging $28 per cake including beautiful packaging and delivery.

Friday, January 15, 2010

'The Bevan Cake' - Chocolate, Hazelnut and Banana



I have finally decided on my first 'Cake o' the Week.' I knew it needed to be something special enough to kick this new business venture off the ground, while still being classic and simple. This chocolate, hazelnut and banana cake is particularly delicious. I made one this morning as a trial cake and I'm almost certain it won't disappoint. I'm going to call it 'The Bevan Cake' after my friend Murray who is helping me with this project.


There are a number of people out there who will be receiving one of these cakes for free over the next week because they deserve one and because I want to spark their interest in becoming a potential 'The Caker' client. For the other lovely and just as deserving people, if you would like to purchase one of these cakes, please send your orders to jordan.rondel@gmail.com. I will advise price and other details when I get things a bit more organised.


'The Bevan Cake' – a chocolate, hazelnut and banana cake was adapted from one of my favourite cooking blogs 'La Tartine Gourmand'. It is a very moist, sweet and nutty cake and is topped with caramelised banana, chunks of organic dark chocolate and a sprinkling of cocoa powder...




Ingredients:


organic quinoa flour
baking flour
ground hazelnuts
baking powder
baking soda
Maldon sea salt
organic cocoa
organic eggs
sugar
butter
vanilla extract
bananas
organic dark chocolate






Image / La Tartine Gourmand

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I am Jordan Rondel and I love to bake cakes.



It all started when I went to stay with my French grandparents in their beautiful Parisian apartment at age ten. It's almost impossible to be in France and not become obsessed with food; the bread, the fromage, the pain au chocolat - it's a gourmand's delight. A simple French lunch always consists of multiple courses, but dessert has always been my favourite part. I remember helping my grandparents make a stack of paper thin crepes, a cherry clafoutis and a tarte tatin, all intended to follow a lavish three course meal. They taught me the importance of using only the best ingredients and that baking is just as enjoyable to do as it is to eat.


I want to provide a service to my fellow cake eaters out there where by I bake and deliver cakes to fulfill your orders. Each week I will decide on a particular recipe and send an email out to you all to let you know what the cake of the week will be. Of course, if you have any special requests I will happily comply. One week might be a caramelised banana cake, the next might be pear and dark chocolate friands. But I can assure you that whatever it is, it will be delicious. I like to use as many organic ingredients as possible and create unusual and special cakes that you can't buy from an average cake shop.


I'm hoping that this service will fit the needs of households that love to entertain, businesses that want to provide their staff with a sweet treat everyday, or just people who love to eat cake. Please email your orders to jordan.rondel@gmail.com.