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Adriano Zumbo “Tanzanie” cake

I have wanted to try something from the Adriano Zumbo cookbook released only a couple of months ago. We have all seen his crazy cakes on Masterchef and in his stores but to actually make one, I am sure many of us would not even dare. For me it is a challenge that will test me and these are the types of things I love giving a go. I know it will not be perfect and like he would do, but for your average run of the mill kitchen I think I did ok.

I wanted to give this cake a try as it involves many layers of chocolate, which I love, and it has so many contrasting textures I thought it would be really interesting to eat. I must admit that I only ‘got’ the idea of the cake half way through cooking it. Although you created each layer and froze it individually to set, it ended up being a sort of ice cream cake. The thing I did not get was how 7 layers of frozen goodness were supposed to merge into one cake…..

The first time it was served it fell apart into its layers, but after a few times it had melted a little then was refrozen it set into one form. It was very hard to cut the bottom three layers but all in all a success. The result for the best layer was unanimous too….creme brulee was so delectable, perfect by itself or with some of the chocolate mousse, which does look more like choc chip mousse as I did do a boo boo while making it. The recipe states that when you have the melted chocolate and the cream you  must cool the melted chocolate so it does not melt the whipped cream, but too cold and it will set into chips rather than turn into silky chocolatey creme……so cold melted chocolate equals what I produced. I actually like the look though as it breaks up the rest of the intense chocolatiness and makes it look not as rich.

So three days and seven layers later I used up 2 dozen eggs, 4 blocks of chocolate, over a litre of cream and blocks and blocks of butter……do you still want a piece?

There is one layer which I made but did not include in the cake which was a chocolate meringue. Since the cake had not moulded very well at first the meringue layer would have just completely separated the cake in two. It was very tasty and took the longest out of every layer to prepare (nearly 4 hours) but it did not go to waste and was subsequently eaten by my family. The mirror glaze would have been the trickiest as it depended a lot on temperatures and having particular ingredients which I did not have, so I made do with what I had and it was shiny, but a little thick. The rest were all straight forward and just required patience. Overall I do think it is a marvellous cake, and definitely the best ice cream cake I have ever had…..would I ever make it again? Probably not, unless a close friend requested it for a special occasion.

Was it worth it you ask? YES I made a Zumbo cake and it nearly worked, that is an achievement in itself!

[I have decided not to put up the recipe as it is extremely long. If you would like a copy, email me and i’ll send it to you.]

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18 responses

  1. that looks wonderfully decadent!!

    December 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  2. I love every recipe that you create, make so incredibles things, I´ll want to do all !!!

    Kiss, kiss, cute ;)

    December 6, 2011 at 2:50 am

    • Thanks Mayte, it is a pretty crazy recipe bur glad I can say I had done it. Xoxo

      December 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

  3. Oh my, this looks amazing. As ever, lovely photography as well. I’d love a copy of the recipe if you wouldn’t mind sending it through.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    • Thanks Greg. Of course I’ll send it to you tomorrow as I’ll be busy cooking up V.Day dinner tonight :)

      February 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  4. That’d be fantastic thanks, my email address is hey_yeah_you@hotmail.com. Valentines dinner and your take on the crack pie also looked amazing btw!

    February 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  5. Niamh

    Wow, I’ve been fascinated by the gorgeous textures and flavour combos in Zumbo’s cakes for some time. It looks like you totally nailed it! I’d love the recipe if you have a chance to send it through, niamhfox@gmail.com. Congratulations on a great job!

    September 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    • Hi Niamh, sure I will send it through later tonight. It was tough but a good one to try I think, it is more achievable than some of the other recipes.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

  6. Niamh

    Thanks for sending that through! Ill let you know how it goes, fingers crossed.

    N

    September 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    • thanks Niamh,
      Can you send me something challenging from your other book?
      Trish

      September 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

  7. Kadri

    Hi, you’re so brave to take this on. I’ve been planning to try one of Zumbo’s cakes for three years but every time I just get cold feet. It’s soo much. But could I please get that receipt as i cannot resist Zumbo and chocolate. It sounds amazing and I’m really going to try. Thank you for leading the way:)

    April 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

    • Hi Kadri

      Yep I’ll send it through this week! Good luck, let me know how it goes :)

      Trish

      April 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

      • Kadri

        Thank you, my address is sydell@hot.ee

        April 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

      • Thanks

        April 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  8. dana

    hello!, plz. can i get a recipe of Tanzanie cake danasweet2014@yahoo.com

    July 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    • Hello. I will have my book back this week as I lent it to a friend, then I will send you a copy!

      August 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      • Anna

        Can I get a copy of the recipe? My email is annaovd1@yahoo.com
        Thanks :)

        August 26, 2014 at 2:47 am

      • Sure, I will send it over now.

        August 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

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