What's the difference between Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory?
Starting with the assumption that Hell is more Devilish and Heaven is more Angelic, and that Purgatory is somewhere in between the two, a combination of both would result in a place Goldilocks would be more likely to stick her fork.
Baking a Venn Diagram to clearly illustrate the differences and similarities of the three in cake-form. There is no other tangible way of knowing.
We have made a Venn Diagram cake. And not any old Venn Diagram cake. We combined Angel Food Cake and Devil's Food Cake into an edible Heaven & Hell Venn Diagram. Because yes.
- Angel Food Cake Mix (for Heaven) + Italian Meringue + Pearly Sugar Sprinkles
- Devil's Food Cake Mix (for Hell) + Brigadeiro + Chocolate Sprinkles
- Marshmallows (For the little Angels & Demons) + Candy Eyes
|Cutting the cakes into a Venn Diagram.|
|Purgatory is roughly 50% Angel cake (bottom), and 50% Devil's on top.|
|The pieces should fit nicely together.|
The other leftover bit can be given to the people who are hanging around your kitchen, waiting to poke their big curious fingers into your final cake.
Once the cake's pieces were fitting nicely into each other, they got separated I prepared some icing. They were separately iced to keep them "clean".
I prepared Italian meringue for Heaven. I like the recipe I used since you have to pour the boiling sugar-water into the egg-whites, which steams and cooks the foam as you blend.
After covering Heaven and Purgatory with the meringue, I prepared Brigadeiro frosting (a variation on the traditional Brigadeiro recipe) for Hell.
Heaven was sprinkled pearly white sugar sprinkles, and Hell with regular chocolate sprinkles. Purgatory was sprinkled with both.
I am glad I had put some waxed paper under them as I frosted the cakes. It made the final results cleaner.
As a final touch, we opened up a bag of marshmallows and a bag of candy eyes. We dipped one end of each marshmallow into one of the two frosting bowls and that was enough to hold the eyes in place. For extra cuteness, arrange them around the cake somehow. Make a heavenly war scene.
|This is Dave making Angels and Demons.|
|What the marshmallows looked like in the end.|
I hope you liked this post. I am not a professional baker nor a photographer, and I have a very crappy camera. I wish I could take gorgeous pictures of this thing, like the fancy Martha Stewarts of food blogging, but I'll just have to shut up and live with eating good cake. Oh well.
|Final result. Very tasty.|
Hypothesis partially confirmed. Goldilocks pointed Purgatory out as her clear favorite. Additionally, Hell shows evidence of being more "Devilish" than expected. Further investigation recommended.
Appendix 1a: Brigadeiro and Brigadeiro Hack
Appendix 1b: Italian Meringue