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While waiting for cherries to arrive so that I can attempt the Blackforest Cake, I thought I should have a trial run on the chocolate sponge.  You can never have too little practices.  

And I was right, because…it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted.  I was looking for a more pronounced chocolate flavour although it was okay on its own.  Okay, but not spectacular. 

Since I had raspberry & rose buttercream leftover from making these macarons,  I could do a little bit of fancy schmancy all in the name of prettifying my desserts.  It was just as well, I won’t need to whip up another batch of cream for it.  Waste not, want not.  

Something simple, and it’s back to the drawing board.

And just so you know…

Mise en place: loosely translated as the essential initial-pain-in-your-neck that you will learn to love & appreciate–in time.