Moka – we know it as a coffee + chocolate hot drink. But this Moka is something else. It’s pure coffee cream indulgence. Three coffee sponge layers are soaked in coffee syrup and in between the layers, couche, lay rum-raisins, finely chopped walnuts and coffee butter cream. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re a coffee lover, this one’s for you.
My grade for this cake was: 13/20. But, to me it tastes 18/20! Minus two points for the calories it gives.
The piping designs you see on the Moka is what we are required to do. Now, it’s not for everybody, but the idea is for students to have the opportunity to practice their piping techniques – Chef’s grade represents the finishing of the cake, for example he looks at the piping skill. We only know how our cakes taste when we bring it home.
I remember growing up in Sydney, Moka was really a cake I associated with grown-ups. And the only place I would see a Moka on display was in a shop selling a variety of Austrian and Hungarian tortas, or when it was served at family friend parties – being that my parents are Hungarian this meant I endured many grown-up parties and many grown-up tortas, one including the Moka. This was a disappointment for an Aussie kid like me because all I wanted was a good old fashioned chocolate cake (and without liqueured cherries inside!)
Today, I am a grown-up and I eat Moka tortas. However rich with butter cream, I won’t say no to a slice as long as it’s with coffee at breakfast. As my gorgeous friend said, – let’s call her, Ca Va Bien – “I think this is going to be my breakfast Monday morning”, and we’re only Friday! And so it will be mine too! (as well as all the weekend).
It’s now Friday night, and mon cheri has made pizza (which he’s now frying in a pan because our little oven/microwave doesn’t cook the bottom of the pizza dough), and he’s just served me wine. I think this is a message for me to close my laptop, turn off my iPhone and flip the cover over my iPad. I’ll leave today’s work with plenty of photos, and I’ll revise tomorrow.
Bon appetit et bon weekend!
THE END (for now).