Series of related equations, in the key of bacon.
Black peppercorn and clove-infused simple syrup
Classic Genoise cake
Black pepper-scented genoise
Black pepper-scented genoise filled with maple-bourbon buttercream and crushed bacon toffee bits, frosted and encased in that same buttercream and toffee
Math class over. Cake for everyone. Serve with a little pool of pepper syrup and a scattering of toffee bits.
- The Cake Bible’s classic genoise is really good.
- Bacon toffee is highly addictive.
- Use more bacon in your bacon toffee that you think is really necessary. You will not regret it.
- Make bacon toffee even if you do not want this cake.
- It is really easy to make maple buttercream way too sweet. Consider extract instead of/in addition to maple syrup.
- Bourbon is a welcome addition. You would also not be remiss if you brushed some onto the cake along with the black pepper syrup.
- More peppery syrup was needed to counter the buttercream
To play at home:
- Cake recipe from the Cake Bible (Classic Genoise)
- Toffee recipe here, just chuck in some crispy diced bacon at the end
- Buttercream recipe here, jut adjust favoring using maple syrup (grade B), bourbon and/or maple extract.
- Simple syrup was 1/2 c. sugar, 1/3 c. water, 1 tbsp. black peppercorns, 1/2 tsp. cracked black peppercorns and 5 or 6 whole cloves.
Done and done.