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Every time the contestants on MasterChef get to do some crazy dessert by a world-class pastry chef, I decide I'm gonna make it. Then I look at the ingredients list and decide I either can't afford to or would need a professional kitchen to attempt it. When Bernard Chu brought along his Lolly Bag Cake this year, I knew I'd stop at nothing to make it. I saved the cake for my sister's birthday last weekend and was so excited when the day finally rolled around.

The cake is a celebration of the typical Australian mixed lolly bag. A lot of the lollies were things we grew up with, buying from milkbars or the school canteen. Each invokes a thousand different childhood memories.

From top to bottom the layers are:
:bulletpink: Spearmint Leaves Buttercream: made using the soft jelly spearmint leaf lollies
:bulletpink: Bananas Joconde: a joconde sponge soaked in a syrup made from banana lollies
:bulletpink: Musk-mallow: Marshmallow made from musk sticks
:bulletpink: Chocolate Jaffa Ganache: ganache infused with a mandarin concentrate
:bulletpink: Freckles Crunch: a choc hazelnut layer with 100s & 1000s, popping candy and pailleté feuilletine
:bulletpink: Another bananas joconde layer, coated with dark chocolate
The whole thing is then glazed with a ganache made from Redskin lollies. I then chose to decorate it with white chocolate spirals and jaffa lollies.


I made a few changes from the Bernard Chu recipe. Biggest change is making it round rather than rectangle. I opted to use dark chocolate, rather than milk chocolate as I thought it didn't need the extra sweetness. The Masterchef version has two mint layers and a different order, however the version Bernard Chu sells at his restaurant, LuxBite, has one mint layer and the same order I have here. I decided to mirror the original as I thought it would be better balanced in flavour than the TV version.

I changed a few things about the recipe to make it more home-kitchen friendly. I also ended up making 4 of the ingredients as they were nigh impossible to get, or at least get at a reasonable price.

You'll find my version of Bernard Chu's recipe, as well as step by step photos and loads more over at my blog. I've also provided a link to the original recipe and links to where you can get/import all the ingredients, or how to make some yourself.

This cake also marks exactly 4 years since my first cake decorating attempt. I almost didn't want to do this cake for that event as I tend to use the milestone as a measurement of how far I've come and thought I should do an original recipe. But given how technical Bernard's recipe is and how I was able to alter it and troubleshoot with no problems the whole way along, it's still a nice indication of progress.

Here's the previous three years worth of cake progression:

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:iconkoroshiyazane:
KoroshiyaZane Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exhale
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:iconsplitmaus:
splitmaus Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Uh, I think, I just died from a sugar shock. This is soooooooooooooo cool !!!!
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GreenScissors Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
*stares at screen longingly* :iconwantplz:
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:iconmaffkawaii:
MaffKawaii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It looks so delicious!
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:iconbronystudios:
BronyStudios Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Zumg.
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:iconcelinaliu:
celinaliu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
this looks so cute !!!!
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:iconpetitelapine:
Petitelapine Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your ideas and your choice of projects :) hope you keep doing this and you are my inspiration ! :hug:
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Dragons-Garden Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! I remember seeing it in the episode and wanting to try..but nah :P Not that skilled.
May I have a piece? :D
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lolsam23 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you use the recipe of masterchef australia didn't you?
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:iconkorinaslashbreaker:
KorinaSlashBreaker Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg. I saw this on a television. o7o
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:iconhaffyx:
haffyx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Yummy
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:iconlordrosethorn:
LordRoseThorn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELLO YOU SCRUMPTIOUS WORK OF ART!
Truly an amazing sight to behold and I bet it tasted even better!
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:iconcanadia-in:
Canadia-in Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
This is amazing!
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Twilitefairy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
When i saw this in my inbox, I KNEW it was inspired by Masterchef! XD Sadly, didnt get to watch that episode!
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Tiiria Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Digital Artist
o_o Amazing.
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ClaireQ123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, the colors are great together. The cake looks cute and amusing. It also looks tasty and delicious. I might as well move to Australia and become your neighbor :)
Please post more yummy food pics.
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helgrind1110 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Fantastic!Drool revamp
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:iconcrysa91:
Crysa91 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I now need to use the hair dryer on my keyboard, THANKS A LOT! Every time you post something food related, I wind up drooling and rummaging around the house for sugary treats.
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MelodiaMystic Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing. *-* 
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:iconseraphestus:
Seraphestus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Incredible!
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:iconbicnarok:
Bicnarok Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG that is possible the most delicious looking cake I´ve ever seen.
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:iconfoofycakez:
FoofyCakez Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmygosh! I saw this episode on masterchef!!! It looked like hell, haha! :P

Yours looks really awesome! =D Well done!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Haha, I'm sure the time limit was stressful, but it's really straightforward. Especially when they have access to stand mixers, blast chillers, thermomixes and two ovens!
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Shikin15 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh!!! Feeling hungry now haha! :P
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Mission accomplished! :la:
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:iconharlemglobehumpers:
HARLEMGLOBEHUMPERS Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
um......wanaa eat 
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
*gives you a slice* :D
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:iconshi-yao:
shi-yao Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student
It looks delicious?
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks :D
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:iconshi-yao:
shi-yao Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student
Haha, oops. that wasn't supposed to be a question mark.
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Ninja615 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks so good!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thank you! :D
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:iconninja615:
Ninja615 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob!
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awesomeXxO Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You have such a lucky sister! Happy birthday to her :D
This is now on my to do list, but when I make mine it's probably not going to end up as pretty as yours is :XD: Fabulous job!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thank you! :D
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god.. this is my childhood in cake form! I might have to attempt this one day, it looks so delicious :love:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Yus, you so have to :la:
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shinedust Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I don't know half of the candies listed, but I can think of substitutes to use...but the flavor mixes wouldn't mix well for most of the people I know--that however has nothing to do with how absolutely beautiful this cake is. The decorations you chose are outstanding, eye-catching, and verge on contemporary art in and of itself. I absolutely adore the glaze and how it makes the cake look while its still whole.

:iconflailplz: My teeth hurt just thinking about how sweet this could be! OMG! It's so pretty though!!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Yes, very sweet and rich! You need to cut a very small slice, but it lasts longer that way!
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HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Would totally eat this!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I hope so! :la:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooo I just looke dat this, started reading this, and just went 'oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god'

STOP MAKING ME HUNGRY.

Kidding, I love you, go take over Australia's baking industry ;p
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
IT IS MY MISSION IN LIFE TO MAKE YOU HUNGRY

First stop, Australia's bakeries. Next stop, the world! :la:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WELL IT'S WORKING

:eager:
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MarkOmo83 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks really good. It makes me want to eat the computer monitor.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks :D
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:iconmarkomo83:
MarkOmo83 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :D
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HylianSpy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, we don't have any of those candies here in America... ahhhhg now I'll never know what I've been missing my whole life! D:  LOL
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
You guys seriously miss out. I just want to invite you all over and have an Australian lolly party. Like how have you gone your whole like without caramello koala?? and milo?? and wizz fizz?? :nuu:
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HylianSpy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gaaah I have no idea what that stuff is, but I want it! o_o
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