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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Zumbo honey comb-over


I finally decided to have a go at making one of Adriano Zumbo's creations.


As you flick through the pages of his book there are so many wacky, wonderful and delicious looking sweets.
I mainly chose this one because I had the ingredients (well most of them) and I do love honeycomb.


Really it is a straight forward cake, right? a cake rolled with buttercream covered in a glaze then topped with some honeycomb.


But as you make your way though the recipe it does get a bit more complicated. 
You start with the glaze which requires a 'neutral glaze' that you must prepare first.
It also requires ingredients such as gelatin leaves (I used powdered), pectin (I used jam setter - yes really) and liquid glucose (left it out).
Not surprisingly my glaze was not perfect, but it still tasted good.


The honey comb is poured into a shoe box to cool, seriously that is what Zumbo recommends!
A decent chunk is broken off, chopped finely and folded through the buttercream.


The buttercream also requires preparation of creme patisserie, and it contains almond meal which I found odd but actually it tasted great.


I loved the spiced cake which was made mainly of honey that is whipped with butter.


It is coated with coconut then rolled up with the delicious buttercream.


The glaze is then poured over the cake and decorated with honeycomb.


The aroma of this honey cake was heavenly, and it tasted beautiful, very sweet.


The best part - sharing it with friends under fairy lights.


23 comments:

  1. That's a lot of effort to go through with a cake but it looks like the dividends paid off. I could do with a sweet treat right about now too :)

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  2. Oh YUM :D awesome job! Lol about the shoe box. Random.

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  3. Very brave of you Muppy, I'm suitably impressed! Glad it was such a hit :)

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  4. Ohhhhh! Honeycomb! Now I want a Crunchie.... teehee!

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  5. That looks great, i also make Adriano's creations on my blog.

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  6. Wow! Impressive, this looks delicious :)

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  7. Oh you are so brave!!!! I have hos book and I oogle the pages but I have never been brave enough to try and create a desert! Well done! It looks amazing :)

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  8. Now that's one way to put sexy into the dreaded combover! lol

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  9. What a delectable and beautiful treat! You put a lot of work into this and it shows. I made honeycomb before - it is super yummy.

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  10. hahah cooling the honeycomb in a shoe box too funny.. honeycomb over is such a funny name too. this looks deeeelicious :)

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  11. Wow! I am seriously impressed Muppy! Zumbo recipes are hard and I have always been too afraid to try any of them.

    You have inspired me :)

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  12. Good for you Muppy! I have the book but everything looks quite complex so I haven't made anything from it! :o

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  13. WOW I am beyond impressed!!! I have his book too but I haven't been game to try anything out of it! This looks so delicious! Wish I could try a bit!

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  14. oh how wonderful! I've had a flip through the book but a lot of his recipes look quite complex.. and knowing me I will probably miss a step or add a tbsp instead of tsp!

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  15. Looks yummy. It looks like it turned out beautifully.

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  16. Wahhh!!! You really are the daring baker, aren't ya?! This looks like something I will need a whole day to read and re-read the recipe so I can wrap my head around, then another full day of pottering before actually attempting. I shudder at dessert recipes like these but hopefully I can get over my fear and do what you did and produced such an AMAZING dessert to share with loved ones. Good on ya Muppy!!

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  17. This looks divine! I'm soooo impressed you braved a Zumbo recipe! I've been looking at the pictures in the Phillipa Sibley dessert book for 12 months but still haven't been brave enough to try any!

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  18. How did I only discover this post now?
    Wow, that looks amazing!

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