The whole time I have hosted and taken part in my Great Bloggers Bake Off, I dont think I have ever attempted a technical bake, preferring instead to have more of a free reign to create my own take on a theme and because, quite frankly, the technical bakes are a faff!! I am not one for faff, and I do not like to follow a long recipe which is why I make my own bakes my own way!!
However, when I was approached by Stork to take part in their Great British Bake -Off Blogger Challenge, I decided I would because it would give me an opportunity to bake a technical challenge. As you will know if you saw this weeks Great British Bake Off, the technical challenge was the German Schichttorte and Stork sent me a recipe complete with all the ingredients and utensils I would need to make this. Here is how I got on with my Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte.
This cake does take a while to make – about 20 minutes to make the two batters and then approx 45 minutes to grill all of the individual layers! I did find it easier to make the layers thinner as I built up more layers inside my tin, as the heat from the already grilled cake layers, helped the fresh batter spread out better. I would also say that my layers took slightly longer than the 1-2 minutes stated, but then every grill is different.
Also, when you are melting the ingredients for the glazemake sure the temperature does not exceed 30oC – this was a tip used by Luis on the GBBO show (thanks to Carrie from Time To An Adult for reminding me of this!). This made for a lovely shiny glaze.
I was sent a wonderful hamper of of baking goodies, complete with a recipe in order to make this technical bake from Stork.