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Lost in a Colombian Rainforest – Adriano Zumbo Cakes

Had enough of Zumbo yet? If not, here’s a little more.

Adriano Zumbo's "Escape from a colombian rainforest"Escape from a Colombian Rainforest, referred to at the store by one of the counter staff as “Escape from a Colombian Car Park”. I’m sure you’ve seen the cake a number of times. I even passed up the opportunity to try this out during the launch of the Winter collection, where it was first revealed.

The cake has come along way since that time, huh?

I’d finally gotten around to buying one when I went around that way to pick up the chocolate mousse cake as seen on my previous post. Oh, and Masterchef Australia as well.

The cake is comprised of flourless chocolate sponge, chocolate sabayon mousse, dark chocolate fizzy discs (including the silver lid and ring pull) & cherry cola jelly.

After all this time, wanting to try this out back in May, I’d finally gotten to opportunity to taste it. I don’t know if it was just me but I wasn’t won over by the taste. The dark chocolate disc layers made it difficult to cut into the cake. Though the chocolate aspects of the cake were fine, I wasn’t all that fussed about the jelly. 10 points for creative presentation. Probably around 6-7 for taste in my opinion.

Adriano Zumbo's "Wheely Lost"The real star for me was Wheely Lost. I don’t believe this was a part of the original Winter collection. However, it’s a welcome addition to the lineup in my opinion.

Unfortunately, I’d not taken any notes or photo of this particular variations of the dessert (please check here and here for references for what it looked like previously). However, I believe the core part of the cake, the hazelnut meringue and the apple tartin chantilly still remain, with a slight change on the exterior crust, which in my case was made up of a combination of hazelnuts and pistachios from what I can tell.

This one was a winner for me, and certainly well worth the asking price in my opinion. As I posted on Twitter, it was wheely good! Give this one a go if you ever stop by the patisserie. She ain’t the prettiest cake, but she’s got it where it counts!

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  • chocolatesuze August 28, 2009, 12:00 am

    ooh i love all the wheely variations! and dude no macarons?

  • Elle@AlmostBourdain August 28, 2009, 9:27 am

    Am I the only one left who hasn’t been to Zumbo? :p

  • Helen (Grab Your Fork) August 28, 2009, 9:32 am

    you escaped twice? lol… and are you nuts? i think she’s wheely quite attractive!

  • billy@ATFT August 28, 2009, 7:51 pm

    Finally got the chance to slowly admiring your new blog. I like it! I think the wheelie is the same except he got rid of the deadly chewy toffee?

  • Leona August 30, 2009, 10:16 pm

    SIMON!!!!!
    Loving the new layout! looking very sexy indeed! especially the background.

    can u believe I still havent been to zumbo! LOL im scheduled to head there on the 13th of next month… with all the hype its been having i can imagine how hectic the place is.

    on the topic of notes… I think you have neat handwriting! ^_^

  • yas @ hungry.digital.elf. August 30, 2009, 10:17 pm

    Wooo another round of Zumbo.

    I feel a bit sad after masterchef appearances that I can no longer just pop into his shop to grab his cakes like I could before.

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 1, 2009, 9:07 am

    both look good though! I realllllly need to get up to Sydney to try Zumbo!

  • Simon September 2, 2009, 7:24 pm

    Hi chocolatesuze! There were macarons but they were eaten before a photo op was possible. Not by me! To let you know, it was butter popcorn, pinenut and salt & vinegar.

    Hi Ellie! There are a few I know that haven’t either. It’s worth the trip, just so you can say that you’ve done it. Go early or have something to occupy yourself with while you’re waiting.

    Hi Helen! I get the feeling you spent some time working on that comment…

    To respond to your comments, only escaped 1/4 of the way and I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder :)

    Hi billy! Thanks dude :)

    If the toffee is as deadly as you’re indicating, maybe he’s responding to customer feedback. Always a good thing cause I don’t think there’s all that much to fault with it as it stands.

    Hi Leona! Thanks! Somewhat of a surprise, huh? Glad you like it :)

    Can’t wait to see your post on Zumbo when you eventually make your way there.

    Hi yas! It’s not like it use to be, that’s for certain. Though, it’s not all that bad.

    The range seems a little more limited. Less variety but more of the ones that are stocked.

    Hi Iron Chef Shellie! If you’re ever in Sydney, you should chalk it down as a place to check out. Alternately, charm a Sydneysider coming to Melbourne into bringing some down for you. It’s not quite the same but it’s better than nothing :)

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