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Chocolate Peanut Butter Gâteau with Coffee Flavored Chocolate Mousse
Sunday, 21 August 2011 | posted by Simply bakes

Well, common test week is finally over! :) It s truly a huge sigh of relief and despair at the same time. But something i have learnt from this is that we have to work hard in order to achieve the results we desire. I will have to work harder in order to do better for my upcoming tests! 

Finally, i have the time and freedom to bake without my mother nagging at me. Even though i am only 15 years old and still only an amateur baker, i do a lot of research on techniques and basics to handle ingredients. However, i cant just remain at status quo and just bake at my own comfort zone, it is about time i take things up a notch and not just concentrate on the taste of the food but also the decoration and different layers and components. So i really want to try making a patisserie style cake! I know that presentation of food is really important because people feast with their eyes. I dont have the necessary equipment or skills to decorate what i bake but i am trying to be better now, even though its still not very good. haha. 
When i thought about what i wanted to bake this week, i thought about the different likes and dislikes of my family members. In the end, i came up with a cake that is moist, rich and densely textured cake for my younger sister, added a ton of chocolate for my older sister plus a peanut butter cake as the base for my mother. I added a hint of coffee and toned down the sugar level just for the adults. Well, this cake is exactly it! Its incredibly rich, and truly a sinful treat for any chocolate addicts! The texture resembles a fudgy chocolate peanut butter brownie with really gooey chocolate mousse. Even though my pictures and presentation of the cake do not do this cake justice at all, the taste slowly spreads in your mouth and the peanut butter comes at the after taste and lingers in your mouth. 

When baking this cake, i learnt that 
1. We must always remain our composure when making sweets. When i made the mousse, i got very angry and upset because the cream won't whip, and the eggs started to cook forming a grainy texture. As the rage grew within me, the taste and result of the mousse got worse and worse and it simply couldn't work out! To make the people eating what you make, you must first enjoy the process and put all you have got with all the people you want to be happy in your mind. With patience no matter how tough it is, just keep persevering and don't be daunted! 
2. Patience is a virtue! If the mousse hasn't set, dont rush to pile the cake with more components! If the cake hasn't completely cooled, dont put the mousse on straight away or it will just melt on you:)

The taste was fantastic, i am not worried about that. Now, i really wish to brush up my decoration skills like piping and chocolate tempering and candy sculptures! I got a little flustered when i started cutting up the cakes, i don't know how to prevent the mousse from oozing out! haha, looks like i have so much more to learn!!! The thought of it is just exciting :D

Will post the recipe later!

With love,
Simply Bakes

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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

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