It’s all in Black and White
Wonderful World of Color
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Throwing a black and white ball doesn’t have to be a monotone event. Adding pops of color through floral or greenery accentuates richness of the deep blacks. Here, the long-stemmed white flowers add even more greenery spilling over the white vases. Additionally, the clear chairs don’t distract from the lush table settings
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Lamingtons, a quintessential Australian treat, are the perfect black and white petit four to serve at your Black and White Ball.
For the cake
200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g (1 ⅓ cups) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
110g butter, melted and cooledFor the icing
75g unsalted butter
250ml (1 cup) milk
65g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
435g (3 cups) icing sugar
Around 6 cups desiccated coconut
Method for the sponge
Preheat the oven to 350˚F/180˚C/gas 4. Grease and flour a 20cm x 30cm pan, lining the base of the pan with parchment paper. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with an hand mixer (medium-high speed) until pale and thick (around 3 minutes). Sift the flour and baking powder over the egg and sugar mixture and use a rubber spatula to gently combine the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter, about ⅓at a time, gently mixing with a rubber spatula until completely combined, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. The cake should spring back when lightly touched in the centre. Turn cake onto a wire rack to cool.
Cut cake into even, bit-sized pieces about 4-5cm. You will probably end up discarding the edge pieces, as they won’t be completely square. At this stage you can refrigerate the cake for a few hours or leave the cake overnight in an airtight container, because a slightly less fresh cake will be easier to dip in the chocolate icing.
When you are ready to dip the cakes, set up an area large enough to accommodate bowls for the cake pieces, the chocolate icing, the coconut and also a large tray topped with parchment paper and a cooling rack. You will need to work quickly to dip the cakes so having everything organised in advance will help.
Method for the icing
Sift the icing sugar and the cocoa powder into two different bowls. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, then mix in the milk. Next, using a whisk to stir, start to add the cocoa powder. Once the cocoa powder is completely dissolved, add the icing sugar about a cup at a time, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. When all the icing sugar is combined, pour the chocolate mix into two separate bowls – that way when one mix gets full of crumbs you can switch to the next one.
Working quickly, using a fork, dip the cake cubes into the chocolate mix and roll them around with the tines of the fork to completely coat. Drain any excess mixture off the cakes then drop them in the coconut and roll them around lightly to coat evenly with coconut. Set the cake cubes on the cooling rack placed over parchment paper to drain. You can refrigerate the cakes to help set the icing, then bring them to room temperature before serving.
Sweet Cream is Made of These
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butter – 3 1/3 tbsp (50 g)
flour – 3 1/3 tbsp (50 g)
sugar – to taste
milk – 3 1/5 cups (750 ml)
chocolate – 3.5 oz (100 g) + chocolate sprinkles if desiredPreparation
Over low heat in a saucepan, melt butter, add flour and gently fry without letting it turn red. Remove from the heat and pour cold sweetened milk to taste.
Return the skillet to the heat and stir constantly until the mixture boils. Remove cream and pour it in the chilled shot glasses. Melt the chocolate with a little water and pour in a little bit in the cups over the cream.
For decoration, use chocolate sprinkles or shavings and keep them very well chilled.
Photo Courtesy of John Bartelstone
The tech aspect of your event? More food. Foods on display at this event showcase culinary experiences and tools such as smart ovens and cold-pressed juice vending machines. Displayed almost like a museum-style, this event invited guests to sample and test these tech-y items.