It's a new year, and a new recipe book for the Cake Slice Bakers! I loved baking through Little Everday Cakes...but small, simple cakes are SO 2021.
In 2022, insta-worthy cakes are all the rage! We are baking out of Zoe Bakes Cakes by Zoe Francois.
For my first bake, I chose this almond sponge cake called a Joconde. To see what the other bakers chose, check out the links at the bottom of this post!
Joconde cakes are pretty much the Legos of the pastry world. Generally, they aren't just a stand-alone cake — they are a part of something. A canvas, so to speak!
Gorgeous opera cakes.
Fancy Swiss rolls.
Layers in entremets.
Ooo la la.
The book describes this Joconde as "nutty and rich, but still light."
All the cake choices for our inaugural 2022 bake were tempting.
But the thing that sold me on this one was a little factoid: the Joconde cake is named after Da Vinci's model for the Mona Lisa, Lisa Goconde. (The French version of her name starts with a "j").
As a lover of random information, how could I not try it out after learning that?
Since it's named after the inspiration behind a painting, I decided to add some designs on the outside. I considered doing an elaborate piece of edible art — and I will in the future! But this time, I stuck to a simple pattern to show the flavors inside. I used this tutorial from Sugar Geeks to make the inlaid design.
Basically, you just color some batter, pipe a design on parchment, freeze it for a little bit, and then spread the sponge cake batter over it with an offset spatula. It's really pretty easy, but you can get super elaborate and detailed. (Look up patterned Swiss roll cakes. People are amazing.)
The cookbook author recommended filling the Joconde with whipped cream and berries. One of the options for whipped cream she listed was a "jammy" version. Since I had a jar of blackberry preserves in the fridge, I chose that variation.
It was light as air, sweet but not too sweet (like the Mona Lisa's smile), and an overall successful first bake!
I'm so excited for what 2022 holds for life, and I'm looking forward with hope. If this Joconde is any indication...it's gonna be a great year ;)
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