I mentioned previously that I was disappointed to miss out on Adriano Zumbo's "V8" cake. I am now welcoming to the site car enthusiasts searching for 'V8 supercars', or health nuts after 'V8 vegetable juice recipes'. Hello to you if you are one of these mis-directed souls...
Anyway, to make up for the prior miss, here are TWO V8s (does that make them a V16?). Because the other half came home with one, which he enjoyed so much he went and bought another one the next day.
The 'V' stands for Vanilla, and there are 8 layers of vanilla-flavoured goodness in this cake, including custard (creme patissier) and some other unidentified though delicious tiers. You'd have to like vanilla to enjoy this one, and I do on both counts.
By the way, the second of these cakes is for Conor of Hold the Beef - the poor dear is over in Perth and does not have ready access to Zumbo delights. If you would like a cake dedicated to you, please drop me a line. Vroom, vroom!
Update: July 2010 - The MasterChef aftermath
Yes, the now infamous V8 cake was featured in the MasterChef Australia 2010 finals.
The hapless (lucky?) contestants were tasked with reproducing the 8 layers of vanilla in a spectacular, sweaty and teary contest.
The cake that Adriano Zumbo brought to the episode was a larger version of the V8 cake shown here. And it had a more glossy vanilla glaze, topped with a tempered white chocolate flower. The other layers are the same, though.
This smaller version of the cake was available at the Zumbo Patisserie in March 2010 (part of the summer range), where it was $8.50 per unit. There have been reports that a new version of V8 will be available for $150. Let's hope it's a bit bigger than this one.