12.16.2008

Metrocurean On Dishing It Out + Star-Cut Cakes

I was thrilled to be a guest on Nycci and David Nellis' radio show "Dishing It Out" a few weekends ago. Up first on the show, pastry chefs Josh Short of Buzz and Heather Chittum of Hook talked sweets, while the rest of us sipped Short's incredible eggnog. Warren Brown of CakeLove talked frosting, cake and the awesomeness that is the star cut (more on that below). Finally, City Paper's Tim Carman and I discussed blogging and food writing.

Listen to the show here.

But back to the star-cut cake. Brown brought in a German chocolate cake, sliced into a beautiful star pattern, which creates smaller pieces. It's difficult to describe on the radio, but it's a pretty nifty trick, especially for holiday entertaining. So ... when I ordered a noodle and cheese pie from Chix the other day, I gave it a shot. It's not nearly as attractive as a German chocolate cake, but hey, it illustrates the concept. Behold, oh, starry noodle pie:

It was my first try, and I'll say Brown's was a lot prettier and more symmetrical. Each wedge that's cut out above is then sliced into two wedges. Then you lop off the star points, and you have a round left in the middle. Stunning, isn't it?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh.... not really. It looks a hot mess.

Amanda said...

Though it had already cooled, so let's call it a cold mess, emphasis on mess. ;)

dmn said...

Looks yummy to me - just needs a dollop of sour cream!

Anonymous said...

So what happens to the pieces cut away to make the star? That looks sloppy.

Anonymous said...

Never mind, now I understand it doesn't start as a star. Not all that awesome.

Amanda said...

Tough crowd. The noodle pie hack job is ugly, I know. You really should have seen the German choc cake, and if I'd had my camera (bad blogger) I could've shown it. It was really festive and the pieces were nice petite triangles - you cut the first wedges in half.