My office’s holiday party is Wednesday.  There’s a dessert competition.  We had to sign up last week with what we were going to make.  Of course, I forgot to look in my cookbooks to figure out what I wanted to make, so I signed up for the cake that I look at every time I open The Cake Bible, but never have made — the golden cage.

When I got home and looked at the recipe, I remembered why I’ve never made it.  It’s a golden genoise, frosted with apricot icing, and then covered with a caramel cage:



Nothing in making it was all that difficult (although it would be hard to make without a cooking thermometer), but it’s a lot of steps.  For the icing alone, you have to make the apricot puree, a creme anglais, and an italian merengue, and then blend it all together with a pound of butter.  The cage — which looks so impressive — is actually quite easy and fun.

Now for the real challenge — getting it into my office in one piece.

12 Responses to “Cake”

  1. LizardBreath Says:

    Cool! As you can tell from this ( ), I love that book. The cage really isn’t impossibly difficult?

  2. merseydotes Says:

    How do you get that shape? Do you bake it in a bowl? It’s really pretty.

  3. pink Says:

    Wow, most impressive. One of my 101 List items (which I really need to get back to!) is to bake five cakes from The Cake Bible. I debated the Golden Cage, but chose A Taste of Heaven, Queen Bee, The Enchanted Forest, Cordon Rose Christmas Log, and the Pistachio & Rose Wedding Cake (why a wedding cake, why not?). I’m committed to making my MIL’s Buche de Noel for Christmas, but I might at least try the decorative items (meringue mushrooms, pistachio marizpan ivy leaves, and green tea pine needles) for a start.
    Enjoy the cake and let us know how it tastes!

  4. Phantom Scribbler Says:

    Y’all know that Rose Levy Beranbaum has a blog (, right?
    That cake looks so delicious!

  5. Megan Says:

    That is one gorgeous cake! I hope that transportation was easier than you anticipated.
    Let us know if you win. :-)

  6. Jody Says:

    Now I really think I need to try Krumkake.

  7. Ailurophile Says:

    Oh, that looks delicious! (A *pound* of butter? Oh my.)
    Guess what book is going on my Amazon wishlist now?

  8. Mieke Says:

    Show off!

  9. MothersKnowBest Says:

    Mmmmmmmm. Now I am hungry. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

  10. Elizabeth Says:

    Mieke, guilty as charged.
    Phantom, I didn’t know about Berenbaum’s blog.
    Ailurophile, yes, the icing uses a full pound of butter, but you only use half the icing for the cake. But the cake uses 12 egg yolks.
    Merseydotes, yes, I baked it in a mixing bowl. I didn’t have the fancy cake pan that the recipe called for.
    LizardBreath, the cage really isn’t so bad. Use a thermometer to tell when the sugar has turned into caramel. And use tinfoil to cover the bowl.

  11. Megan Says:

    so..what happened? Did it arrive in one peice? Was it delicious? Did you win the contest? Inquiring minds want to know!

  12. Elizabeth Says:

    Yes, it arrived in one piece. (I drove in with it, since taking it on the metro seemed like a bad idea.) It was very yummy, but didn’t win. A banana pudding won.

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