Series of related equations, in the key of bacon.

Number 1


Toffee

PLUS


Bacon

EQUALS

BACON TOFFEE

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Number 2


Black peppercorn and clove-infused simple syrup

PLUS


Classic Genoise cake

EQUALS

Black pepper-scented genoise

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Number 3

Number 1

PLUS

Number 2

PLUS


Maple-Bourbon Buttercream

EQUALS

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 Verdicts:

  1. The Cake Bible’s classic genoise is really good.
  2. Bacon toffee is highly addictive.
  3. Use more bacon in your bacon toffee that you think is really necessary. You will not regret it.
  4. Make bacon toffee even if you do not want this cake.
  5. It is really easy to make maple buttercream way too sweet.  Consider extract instead of/in addition to maple syrup.
  6. Bourbon is a welcome addition.  You would also not be remiss if you brushed some onto the cake along with the black pepper syrup.
  7. 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.