After participating in 2018 with a savory feast, I was really looking forward to this event being organized again. I really wanted to make something sweet this time!
I originally wanted to make a gingerbread house, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something a bit more advanced to learn more patisserie techniques, so I went for a fancy entremet-style yule log.
In total, it took 5 days to make, but that's mostly because we took long breaks between each steps. My SO and their sibling helped me a ton, I couldn't have done it without them ❤️ Baking together was a lot of fun!
There were 6 elements in total:
Almond Dacquoise (biscuit base)
Praline croustillant (crispy layer)
White chocolate mirror glaze
A common layer in this kind of entremet is a sponge cake or a ganache, but I think our recipe worked well without those.
Step 1: Praline
Roasted hazelnut covered in caramel then crushed into a spread-like paste (it's delicious by itself!)
Step 2: Almond Dacquoise
Almonds, sugar and egg whites
Step 3: Praline croustillant
Mixing some crushed cookies with the praline before freezing it to get a super nice, crispy layer. My favorite layer of the entremet by far!
Step 4: Vanilla cremeux
We left it in the freezer overnight, then cut it to fit inside the mousse. Which means we have a lot left, but that's not an issue. It's so good by itself, it's like a rich vanilla pudding.
Step 5: Vanilla mousse
The preparation was very similar to the cremeux, but we mixed it with whipped cream.
Step 6: Assemble
Step 7: Chocolate toppings
I had to remember basic geometry from high school to figure out how to draw a symmetrical flower 😂
It was also my first time tempering chocolate! It wasn't perfect but it held well at least for the photos. It's the Idol Story logo, but I'm sure you noticed 😉
Step 8: Taking it out of the mold
Yes, that was a whole challenge of its own 😂
Step 9: Mirror glazing!
I always see videos where people pour glazing on top of their cake and it looks so good so I've always wanted to try that!
Ringing in the New Year with Aqours’ Countdown Live was a special treat, so I made this sweets platter to enjoy along with it! Each girl is represented with an icon sugar cookie decorated with image color royal icing. The roll cake is patterned with their icons as well, and has mikan filling! The “Aqours” logo on the cake was hand drawn using colored chocolate candy melts 🧡
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
This season is generally capped off by spending time with family and friends, and cooking for those we love... including our idols! That’s why Idol Story and School Idol Tomodachi are excited to bring a special holiday event to our members bringing these ideas together. Whether you’re completely an amateur or a professional chef, we’d love to see your creations!
1 random participant will get a digital prize (one chance per user)
1 participant with the most "Home for the Holidays"-themed entry will get a physical prize of their choice
A fancy appetizer or an over-the-top 5 course dinner? Make a mouth-watering savory dish to be a winner!
will get a physical prize of their choice
Gingerbread house, yule log, Christmas pudding, eggnog, you name it! It's time to show off your baking skills and your sweet tooth~ Make the most delicious-looking sweet confectionary to be the winner!
If we get more than 20 entries, we will add 1 more Lucky Cook.
If we get more than 40 entries, we will add 1 more Home chef.
If we get more than 60 entries, we will add 2 runner up winners: Savory Master and Sweetest Baker.
Can I submit something I baked/cooked before this contest?
Yes, as long as you made it yourself and you didn't use it already in any previous giveaway organized by any Circles event (including birthday events).
Is it required to follow the themes?
It has to be LoveLive! themed. It can be µ's, Aqours, Nijigasaki, Liella!, SIF, All stars or any other elements of the LoveLive! license, but it CAN'T be from [email protected], Bang Dream!, or any other similar franchise.
The "Home for the Holidays" theme is recommended but not required.
I'm not good at baking / I don't have the equipment, can I still enter?
It is allowed to make no-bake recipes or buy pre-made cookies or cakes, but we still want you to put some effort in your creation. You can use something you bought as a base and spend more time decorating it!
Does it have to be edible?
Yes. Though our judges will keep social distances and will not come to your house to taste test your creation(s), we will pay attention to the submitted photos and disqualify entries that are obviously not made of food.
Can I add non-edible parts, like a figure or accessories?
Yes, as long as the majority of your entry is made of food. Cake toppings are fine as well.
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You may add decorations, stickers, doodles, or do any kind of post-processing if you'd like.
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Here’s my entry for the School Idol Café contest :D
Since the theme was Home For The Holidays, my first thought was of course a gingerbread house, but I wanted something savoury, and then I thought, but what if GUILTY KISS were left Home For The Holidays and, uh. Left to their own devices. So that was the concept for this. Guilty Kiss being left with lots of ideas and ingredients and zero supervision, producing their own take on a gingerbread house.
Without further ado, I proudly present…
The CASTLE OF ETERNAL DARKNESS, surrounded by its ABYSS OF STEWSHINE, and which can only be reached by braving the trembling BRIDGE OF THE YEARNING OSTINATO.
The castle is Black Like Yohane’s Soul, the sea of Stewshine comes with its own sea monster and complimentary rocks, and the piano keys on the bridge are a tribute to the many, many hours spent idly improvising fragments of melodies while daydreaming about smouldering older GL manga love interests.
And because it has to be pretty and delicious, here are pictures of the Stewshine on its own and the castle’s cross-section. It’s a Pâté En Croute, a kind of cold meat pie that is usually Not Vertical.
Now, for the process and contents! The Pâté is filled with an assortment of meats, as well as poultry livers and shiitake mushrooms, marinated in Madeira wine, herbs and spices (and for the livers, lemon juice). To make the dough black (I couldn’t NOT make it black), I used both black sesame seed paste and squid ink for a double shot of DARKNESS.
The real challenge was finding a mould that would work: Pâté en Croute is usually long, rectangular and horizontal, so of course I couldn’t find one that would work vertically, especially not one specifically made for this purpose, and I wanted it to cook vertically so it wouldn’t collapse on one side, and so I could make battlements. So I stacked a bunch of tart circles on top of each other, baked supports of salt dough around them to keep them in place, and then held the whole thing together with some string while baking. It was an experience, but hey, it worked, and the battlements baked perfectly without breaking! The last step was pouring Madeira jelly through the vent to make sure there are no gaps inside, but in the end I had pressed the meat down so well that I barely needed any at all. So before serving, I also glazed the whole thing with the rest of the jelly, to make it extra SHINY.
Now, unlike Mari Fricking Ohara, I unfortunately can’t afford to spend 100k yen on ingredients, so I had to do with something a little more reasonable for my stewshine, but I opted for a some fun ones to make up for it. The soup base is fish soup stock, in which I simmered some haddock, shrimp, mussels, shiitake mushrooms, a dash of squid ink, and added some PURPLE POTATOES because it’s Mari.
The sea monster and the top of the bridge are made of homemade kamaboko (japanese fishcake) made with the rest of the haddock. I made it a little denser than normal so I’d be able to shape it before steaming. The structure of the bridge is made from leftover dough, and the piano key pattern is painted on with more squid ink. I cut some of the potatoes into the shape of rocks and steamed them before placing them around the castle base, and used some slices as base to hold the sea monster parts.
And after all that work, it was time to finally enjoy!
(Unfortunately the picture is blurry but I only found out when posting this, and, well, unfortunately, we already ate it all. Oops)
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this GUILTY HOLIDAY full of Guilty Kiss energy!
What’s up guys welcome to the Huynh x Huynh Kitchen! Today I made the iconic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, topped with strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, and mikans. With Nijigaku as cake toppers with a white chocolate greeting card says 新年あけましておめでとうございます. (Happy New Year). Cake 🎂 Nice and fluffy interior with a simple whipped cream frosting. I hope this cake brings good vibes for the New Year!
I’ve made some cupcakes for this contest. I’ve chosen Nijigasaki girls to decorate the cupcakes. It was fun to make them ! Some color are not perfect but i didn’t have all dyes color 😂 Thank you for this cooking event !
I just got back from the gym and was scrolling through Idol Story on IG, and I saw the contest. Its about lunch time and I wanted to eat for the gains 😉Got to fuel the body right!! So I had to include lots of veggies such as broccoli, greenbeans, carrots, corn and peas. Then, need to have protein so I have some chicken breast along with some konjac noodles so its not too many calories. Of couese you want it to taste good, so added some cheesy alfredo sauce to create a Chicken Konjac Noodle Alfredo with veggies! I also used a banana and strawberry protein power and water to make a delicious and healthy smoothie.