Mugi-chan and a V8 Cake
Food is such a marvelous thing. It can bring about much joy and new experiences that you could not find anywhere else. It has only been two years since I started taking much more interest in food and I would say it was because of my previous trip to Japan, and the first season of Masterchef Australia also played a big role. Well it is also because of Masterchef Australia that I bring about this post. In the 2nd season of Masterchef Australia (2010) there was one item that stood out: Adriano Zumbo’s V8 Cake.
For those who don’t know Masterchef is a reality cooking show that has amateur cooks battling out for the title of Masterchef. It has been immensely popular in the first season and the second season was even BIGGER. Celebrity chefs from Australia and around the world have appeared on the show, and one of Australia’s best known patissier is Adriano Zumbo. He brought about the wondrous V8 cake that you see above. This cake contains 8 different layers of vanilla. That’s right 8 layers!! (Recipe here) . All I can say I was absolutely excited when my sister decided to order one for her birthday.
But since Mugi knows a lot about cakes, I figured I’ll let her take it from here:
Mugi arrived early last week and I was quite happy when she finally arrived. And what perfect timing for Mugi to come along and a V8 cake later in the week.
As you can see, the V8 cake is made by Adriano Zumbo,where he has both a cafe and patisserie that create a number of delicious pastries and sweets. Of course the menu item changes based on the season.
Here we have some water droplets but are in fact sugar spheres. But what’s this to Mugi’s right??
Mugi is quite amazed at what she is seeing here. And what she is seeing here is a tempered white chocolate flower. When I first saw it with my very eyes I was absolutely astounded at the beauty of it.
However I had to wait till the night time before I could take a slice of this cake. Even my niece was very excited about eating it. eventually the time had come to slice the cake up and eat.
At first I couldn’t see the 8 layers and initially counted 6. But upon closer inspection I finally counted all 8 layers. Within the first bite, I was in heaven. The textures were smooth and creamy that you could at times sense the different layers being tasted. The vanilla almond layer also gives it a slight crunch to balance out the smoothness. Not only was this cake a piece of art, it also shows that food can stimulate the senses in ways that you can’t imagine. In the end this was the best cake I have ever tasted.
Of course given the complexity of this cake it also comes with a heavy price. The cake alone is $125 AUD. The flower is an extra $25 AUD. So a $150 AUD for a cake that is 8 inches wide, 8 inches long, and 3 inches high I think it was well worth it. Some may not agree but to have something like this during a special occasion, price shouldn’t matter. And with special occasions there will always be people to share this cake with, meaning that enjoyment can be had by all.
Of course this kind of cake Mugi would bring to the K-ON clubroom with some tea ready for you. But if you don’t want to buy a cake as expensive as this there are some other things to look forward to at Adriano Zumbo’s store:
Mugi recommends some macarons as they are quite cheap at $2 AUD each. Unfortunately I never got to read what type they are but the purple ones are lavender and the green ones are pistachios. I’ve been meaning to try these for a while but have only managed to try the lavender ones, but I think my mum and sister have eaten the others already. So if you’re a Sydneysider, I do recommend heading to Adriano Zumbo’s store but you have to be there before 11am otherwise everything is sold out.