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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Reine de Saba Cake - A Preview

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Reine de Saba Cake - A Preview

This past weekend, I braved a new recipe: Reine de Saba, or Queen of Sheba, cake from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

If you've been following along for a while now, you'll know that the only other Julia recipe I've attempted (and mastered, if I do say so) is Boeuf Bourguignon.  Yum.  So I figured it was around time to try my hand at a new one!

Check out my post on Monday at Our Krazy Kitchen to see the full recipe and walk-through.  But there aren't a whole lot of pictures because the recipe is already so long.  So here's some of those pictures which I so painstakingly took!

One major ingredient is pulverized almonds, which you need to add sugar to while pulverizing in order to keep the oils in the nuts from making everything sticky and clumpy.

 Melted chocolate is added to egg yolks, butter, sugar and almonds to make the base of the batter.

 Then stiffly-whipped eggs whites and a bit of flour are carefully folded in.

Once the cake is baked and cooled, it's time to make that frosting.  It consists of...wait for it...butter and chocolate.  I cringe even as a swoon.  It's a difficult duality.

Sliced almonds and chocolate shavings were used to decorate.

 Just...mmmm...the texture was incredible - light yet rich and moist.  So amazing!

It's a time-consuming effort but so well worth it!

Join us at OKK on Monday to get the full scoop!



Blogger Heavenly Savings said...

That looks SOOOO good!!! I’m another new follower! Feel free to check out my blog as well!
Happy Friday Follow! Hope to Blog with you again soon!

April 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
If I was going to make this cake, I would substatue pecans for the almonds. I do NOT like almonds, at all! In-fact, I think a really great way to ruin perfectly good green beans, is to make them into green bean almondien!! ;-p

However, I wouldn't mess with the butter and chocolate part one little bit. o:-)

April 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Anonymous He Who Laughs Last said...

Stopping by from SITS...wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog on my Feature Day!

Also, I'm afraid I will not be able to follow you...just looking at the pictures of your creations adds lbs. to my hips, belly and butt!

Kidding of course...I will be back for is usual for me!

April 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Blogger Angie said...

Awesome cake!
You won an award! Come visit my blog to get it!

April 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Blogger Rene W. said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! Oh. My. Gosh. That looks so good... {drool}

April 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Blogger GFDINER - Kathy said...

This looks oh so good. Can you make it gluten free? Wishful thinking on my part. Have a great weekend.

Kathy - GFDiner

April 23, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Blogger Kathleen said...

Jen, that looks just decadent!! :)

April 23, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Blogger TS Hendrik said...

Sweet mercy that looks good. I wasn't hungry before, but I am now.

Hey, I came here through Follow Friday. Look forward to reading through your blog.

April 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Blogger Natasha said...

Oh my word...this looks like heaven on a plate! I think you are so clever making this. I would love to try it...maybe sooner rather than later!

Best wishes and happy weekend,

April 24, 2010 at 3:41 AM

Blogger shannon i olson said...

That looks wonderful, yum!!

April 24, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Blogger ~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Looks like you are seriously mastering Julia. Use as many pictures as you want at OKK. :)

April 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Blogger gnee said...

Looks amazing!

April 27, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Anonymous Melissa said...

Omgoodness! I wish I had some chocolate cake to go with my morning!

This looks fabulous. I love the taste of freshly chopped almonds in my edibles. :)

p.s. I was thinking about your name (still, I know. You're probably moved way on by now) but what if you thought of it as the Miss adventures of Mrs.B? A play on Miss and Mrs? perhaps?

April 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

No, I haven't moved on and am actually trying to come up with a post regarding the results of my "contest" and what the past two weeks have shown me. It's very interesting! I didn't think anyone would even care and actually, folks such as yourself have actually made me like my name a little more! haha

April 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM

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April 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Blogger Jackie said...

So decadent and yummy...

April 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Blogger Holly said...

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is on my wish list. This cake looks divine...I wonder if the little people who live here and insist on helping me bake can stick around long enough to help with one of these recipes?

April 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Blogger Chef Dennis said...

OMG.....what an incredible cake....Julia was a national treasure.....she is sorely missed....

May 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM


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