The trauma never truly emerges until the stage of exasperation. Making the cake (and cream) were nearly effortless, with all whisking, baking, and washing operations completed within one hour. Meticulous temperature control also enabled the chocolate decor to materialize as pictured.
For the record, the cake tasted fantastic. Fluffy cocoa sponge contrasted nicely with an airy, flavourful coffee cream filling and crisp snaps of dark-white chocolate imprints.