The Bake Off Bake Along 2017 || The Final!

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It’s the FINAL!!!!!

Each year (as this is my third time taking part in the #BakeOffBakeAlong) I both dread and look forward to the final week. I get into such a rhythm each weekend making a baking challenge, that when it comes to the end of the final, I’m excited to get some time back, but also a bit sad that it’s over!

This week, as ever, I wanted to make the showstopper. I’ve never made an entrement, and like this series seems to have been themed continuously, it was a technically difficult bake, that wasn’t necessarily flamboyant or extravagantly decorated.

Therefore, if you can’t be a bit extra in the final week, when can you ehh?

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My entrement was made up of 9 different components – NINE!

From the bottom to the top we have – dark chocolate sponge, chocolate ganache, coffee sponge, coffee caramel and hazelnut dacquoise, all covered in a white chocolate and vanilla mousse, topped with a mirror glaze and decorated with a chocolate teacup filled with coffee mousse. Phew, take a breath! Some of the recipes haven’t been listed as I just did them from scratch rather than following anything specific.

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Over many hours on Sunday, I slowly made my way through each part, firstly baking the sponges and meringue, then each topping for that, followed by the remaining coverings and decor. Though I then managed to get nearly everything done, in true Bake Off Final tradition, by this point it was nearly 12 hours since I started (interrupted by a trip to town, dropping off Emily’s birthday present, a food shop, and smashing up the postbox on our garden wall…as you do). Therefore the mirror glaze and b.e.a.utiful gold leaf decoration kindly bought for me by Mr Husband didn’t actually happen until this evening once I got home.

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Then, when I opened the fridge door to check if the glaze had set enough to take photos…

I BLOODY DROPPED THE CAKE ON THE FLOOR

I actually couldn’t believe it.

So the coffee beans were brought in to save the day on the slightly better side, my finger marks where I’d attempted to grab it were sort of smoothed over, and, my dear readers, you do not get a view of the sad side that merrily smashed into the kitchen floor.

Like all great Bake Off series, there had to be some drama right?!

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Still, as a final bake, this one I feel was a real ombre show stopper. A coffee/chocolate/hazelnut piece to be proud of (mostly) and genuinely one of the tastiest things I have ever baked! Until next year…!!

  • Omg I can’t believe you dropped it on the floor, that’s definitely the kincof thing I’d do! I’ve really enjoyed your bake along x

    • I couldn’t believe it!!! Thanks s much, the support is great, I’ve really enjoyed it!! Xxxx

  • you dropped it!!! that would have made for excellent TV though 😉 I wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t said though, so the coffee beans look great!! xxxx

    • Haha i managed to save it at the end, i couldn’t believe i went and dropped it! Crazy, but hey a scattering of coffee beans is arty right?! 😉 xxx

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    I feel we should be given pics of your face after you dropped the cake on the floor… WHAT a job though, I know I’ve said it a million times but I’ll say it AGAIN: you’re a marvel

    • And you’re a babe for being such a great fan of my cooking! I wish id filmed it, honestly i was so surprised and horrified with myself! Turned out OK though and tastes delicious! Xxx

  • I literally gasped aloud at my screen when I read that you dropped it! I made the entremet for the challenge a few years ago and like you said, it’s extremely time consuming! It wasn’t my most challenging bake ever, but it was definitely the one that took up the most time in my 4 years of baking along. Well done you! It looks gorgeous and I never would have known that it was dropped! x

    • I promise you it was not as loud a gasp as mine when it happened! Haha what an idiot! Each element was fine to bake, it was just bringing together nine different things that took so much time! Worth it for the finale though! :) xxx

  • Wow, you clever thing! This looks fantastic x

  • It 100% looks like it wasn’t dropped haha! Amazing job Alice!

    • Haha if you’d seen the other side you’d have definitely disagreed! The coffee beans + camera angle hide all manner of sins! xxx