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  • -Before we get to the cake,

  • I want to talk about your show, "Gourmet Makes."

  • It's a very fun idea.

  • Can you explain to everyone what it is?

  • -Yeah, it's a really fun show.

  • We tape in the test kitchen of Bon Appetit.

  • You can watch it on our YouTube channel.

  • And in every episode I attempt to reverse-engineer

  • and then re-create a homemade version

  • of a classic candy or snack food.

  • It takes like three to four days.

  • -Like, give me an examples of what things you've redone.

  • -We've done Twinkies, Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, Snickers.

  • It really runs the gamut.

  • -And also you're usually trending on Twitter

  • with the hashtag -- and I just want to get this right --

  • I-W-D-F-C-F-T-B-A-T-K.

  • Which stands for

  • "I would die for Claire from the Bon Appetit test kitchen."

  • [ Laughter and applause ]

  • That's amazing.

  • -It's pretty nice.

  • -Why do you think -- Why did it get so popular?

  • Why do you think people are into it?

  • -Well, I fail a lot on the show.

  • So I have to always, like, back up, correct course,

  • take a different direction.

  • So I think people like that kind of behind-the-scenes look

  • at all the trial and error.

  • -Yeah. You brought us an example of one of the things you made,

  • A Pop-Tart. -Yes.

  • Yes, that's them right here. -Tell me about this.

  • Now, you -- these are -- so this is the Kellogg's one, right?

  • -That's original. Uh-huh. -That's the deal.

  • -Mm-hmm. -And this is your jam.

  • -That's right.

  • -Look at that guy.

  • -And it toasts just like the original.

  • That's always part of the challenge.

  • -I know, but I like them raw. Oh, my God, it's great!

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -A lot better. -What am I gonna say? It's bad?

  • -Right. [ Applause ]

  • -It really is great. -Right.

  • -Alright. Now we're talking about --

  • You're a very talented pastry chef.

  • Today we're talking about layer cakes.

  • Where do we begin on this?

  • -Right, so we have everything here needed to finish assembling

  • and decorate our layer cakes. -Yep.

  • -You have two layers stacked. -Yep.

  • -Yours is filled with dulce de leche. Mine has raspberry.

  • We have a couple different fillings and frostings here.

  • So we're going to get started. -Yeah.

  • -Pick up this tool.

  • My favorite kitchen tool, the offset spatula.

  • Now, which filling do you want to use?

  • You can use a different filling than what you have.

  • I'm probably going to use raspberry jam.

  • -Alright, so I'll do this. -Yeah. Be pretty generous.

  • -Dulce de leche. -And then here's a little trick.

  • This thing turns. -Oh, my goodness.

  • -So you're gonna start -- -Alright. Yep.

  • Okay, good. So I got this. -This is speed decorating.

  • -Yeah, so I got that. -Yep, yep.

  • Spread it in an even layer. -Yep.

  • That looks good right there. -Okay.

  • -I would serve this. -Ooh. Pretty good.

  • Okay. -Right? Not bad?

  • -So then take your third layer. -Third layer of cake.

  • -Now, this layer is going to go upside down.

  • So just actually as you have it.

  • Other way. -Oh!

  • -So the flat side is on top. -Because?

  • -You have a level, really flat cake.

  • -Level playing field. Gotcha.

  • -Okay, now what is your frosting?

  • -I got to bring my other offset spatula.

  • -Yeah, big guns. -No. Is that what we bring?

  • What are we doing? -Yes.

  • -What is this for? -I'll show you.

  • That's for later. [ Laughter ]

  • -Okay. -You want to use chocolate?

  • -Yeah, sure.

  • -Okay, I'm gonna go with vanilla.

  • This is cream cheese frosting, classic. Can't go wrong.

  • -Hey, my wife always puts cream cheese in frosting.

  • -Okay, put a lot on.

  • This is how -- I'm going to show you how to decorate.

  • -Okay. I'm watching you. -You start with a lot.

  • -Yep. Gotcha, gotcha.

  • -And it's easier to take frosting away

  • rather than add on. -Really?

  • -So start with a lot.

  • And then you want to just -- -Usually mine is ice cold.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -That's good, that's good. I think that's enough, yeah, yeah.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Alright. And now you can kind of start turning.

  • -Yeah.

  • -And then work it all across the surface.

  • -Yep. -Okay, a little freeform.

  • -It's starting to look like Ronald Reagan or something.

  • [ Laughter ] It's very interesting.

  • It's a nice head of hair, my cake.

  • -Right, right. -It's so beautiful.

  • It looks like a person. It's like a Lego head.

  • -And then work it across, down around the sides.

  • -Yep, work it. [ Laughter ]

  • And you said -- -It looks great!

  • Keep spinning, keep spinning. -Oh, yeah, I forgot.

  • I don't have a spinner at home. I don't have a spinner at home.

  • -Maybe switch to this -- -What?!

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Alright, so am I doing this right?

  • -Yes. -Alright, good.

  • And you say that homemade cakes

  • should look like a homemade cake.

  • -Yes. -They shouldn't look perfect.

  • -I like when deserts don't look too perfect.

  • So maybe go ahead and grab your French scraper.

  • -Don't make me grab another tool.

  • This is insane. [ Laughter ]

  • Alright, what is -- what -- -This guy.

  • -Alright, so this --

  • -Yeah, so hold it -- Here's the trick.

  • Hold it against the side of the cake.

  • -Yep. -And then spin the cake.

  • -Yep. -And that'll help smooth it out.

  • -Yep. -So you have a nice smooth --

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Oh, my God, oh, my God. It's going to fall off.

  • Okay.

  • Alright.

  • -Okay, good. Sorry. That looks pretty good.

  • -So now I challenge you to a decorating contest.

  • -How much time on the clock? -30 seconds.

  • -30 seconds, alright, go! I'll do Oreo.

  • ♪♪

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Alright. How much time?

  • How much time?! Someone tell me!

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Well, this is -- -Oh, my God.

  • -I don't understand what I'm doing.

  • [ Audience counting down ]

  • Thank you. -Oh, my God.

  • -8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

  • Happy new year! Happy new year!

  • [ Buzzer ]

  • Claire Saffitz, everyone, the clear winner right there!

  • Come on. [ Cheers and applause ]

  • You are fantastic.

  • Check out "Gourmet Makes" on Bon Appetit's YouTube channel.

-Before we get to the cake,

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Bon Appétit's Claire Saffitz Challenges Jimmy to a Layer Cake-Decorating Contest

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/19
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