A creamy Graham Cracker Marshmallow dusted with powdered sugar.
A mate of mine loves his Graham Cracker Marshmallow, which is a commercial juice. I bought it out of curiosity but couldn't get over the amount of sweetner it was laced with; by the end of the day I had to rewick as my cotton was black and coils gunked up. To redress this issue and to demonstrate the merits of DIYing, I made up a more palatable version of that commercial juice for him.
Version 2 Changes
A few events necessitated a revision of the original recipe. Vaping ID10-T's Lucky's Charms converted me to FLV Marshmallow so I used his Marshmallow Holy Trinity which is: 0.50% FLV Marshmallow; 0.50% FLV Whipped Cream and 2% FA Marshmallow.
(The above holy trinity can be found in his Holy Peepus recipe on this site). Consequently, the Marshmallow in this version of my recipe is far more prominent and more jet-puffed than the original recipe. It's lip-smackingly delicious.
I also happened to get my hands on CAP Graham Cracker V1 for the first time and found it far better than CAP Graham Cracker V2, which is the DX (Diacetyl free version ).No surprises there. So 1% CAP Graham Cracker V2 was subbed for 1.5% CAP Graham Cracker. It doesn't take the lead in the recipe, just complements the Marshmallow with gentle cinnamon cracker notes on the exhale.
While CAP Cake Batter can add volume and yummy sweetness, it was dropped to bring the marshmallow more forward in the mix.
TFA Meringue, the powdered cereal sugar, was lowered from 2% to 1.5% to let the marshmallow shine more; it was overtaking this layer too much.
TFA Whipped Cream was kept for its blending properties. It also has no Ethyl Maltol, unlike the Marshmallows and TFA Meringue, so you avoid overdoing it as it can turn a recipe sickly sweet.
Finally for that commercial sweetness and to boost the marshmallow, 0.50% FLV Sweetness.
This is good to go after a day but give it 3 days for the marshmallows to shine and for the Graham Cracker to blend in.
This simple mix is addictive AF, hence the name, Cookie Crack.
Basically, 1% FLV Cookie Dough and 4% CAP Sugar Cookie make up the cookie base. I find Sugar Cookie intolerable over 4% (too spicy) but it blends in nicely with FLV Cookie Dough here.
Now for the crack part. FW Butter Pecan has that cinema popcorn butter flavour I love. It also has hints of nutty pecan which is highly addictive; you keep wanting more. At 3% it tames the Sugar Cookie and backgrounds the whole mix, bathes it in nutty buterry goodness. FW Hazelnut enhances the mix ( it should always be mixed with Cookie Dough IMO as it brings out its slight chocolate notes). Finally 1.5% Vanilla Custard is the blending cream but also keeps the mix buttery and moist to give you that satisfying mouthfeel as you exhale.
0.35% FLV Sweetness
Sweetener is essential for this recipe as I find Cookie Dough and Sugar Cookie need a sweetness boost to excel in any recipe.
This is nice as a S& V but it really takes 5 days for the cookie dough to blend in and peep through.
A delicious Chocolate Pandoro Cake with frosting
Having watched Noted: Ep. 24 - Cakes (see link below) I wanted to try my hand at some new cake recipes. In particular, using FA Pandoro to make a Chocolate Pandoro Cake, a Christmas dessert an Italian student had been telling me about. However, due to its inescapablely lemon cake flavour, FA Pandoro was dropped from the recipe and different flavours were used to achieve a Chocolate Pandoro Cake profile.
FLV Pound Cake/JF Yellow Cake - this makes up the cake portion of the recipe.
FA Joy/ Flv Cookie dough/ CAP Butter Cream: FA Joy lends the yeast notes you find in a Pandoro Cake and 0.5% is just enough not to get too overpowering. Strangely enough, It also happens to go beautifully with chocolate. FA Joy also helps separate the frosting from the cake so preventing it from being a just a creamy chocolate cake. FLV Cookie Dough is the chocolatey cake batter which softens and mellows the cake Cap Butter Cream provides the rich buttery notes you get in a Pandoro cake and enhances the frosting layer.
FLV Frosting/Cap Vanilla Whipped Cream: FLV Frosting was used despite the painful 2 week steep it requires. Cap Vanilla Whipped cream softens the frosting and smooths out the cake.
HS Australian Chocolate is a semii-darkish chocolate with cocoa notes and is enhanced by the sweeter FLV Milk chocolate. FLV Coconut was added to further complement the chocolate and accent the cake. Didn't want the Chocolate too rich or to be a top-note flavour, just wanted it to blend in and provide a more background note. FLV Milk chocolate can be quite potent so it was orginally added low at 0.15 % then upped to 0.45%.
A Chocolate Cake flavour could have been used to simplify things (LB Lava Cake is in the post) but mixing in chocolate flavours with a cake base is a good way to learn about both.
Overall, the recipe turned out well. It's not too rich but quite smooth and satisfying as chocolate vapes go.
Noted: Ep. 24 - Cakes (DIY E-liquid Flavor Notes)
There's nothing particularly new going on here since this recipe is kind of a remix of Vurve's Birthday ice cream Cake (https://alltheflavors.com/recipes/16823) which I completly adore. I'm still learning the ropes but thought this was worth sharing.
Cake Base: The usual suspects, JF Yellow Cake and CAP Vanilla Cupcake.
Ice cream layer : ID10-T's magic formula, HS French Vanilla ice cream (0.5%) and LB vanilla ice cream (4.5%). This has been slightly thickened up and emulsified with Favorah Cream.
Accents: I'm not a huge fan of banana but I love a hint of it in juices. LA Banana cream provides a hint of candy/ taffy banana, as if the ice cream has ripples of banana syrup through it. However, FLV Milk and Honey does some magic here and combines with the banana to give the ice cream cake a lovely warm, slight boozy sweetness. TFA Toasted Marshmallow was added for mouthfeel but also to provide some brown sugar sweetness. It particularly works well with FLV Milk and Honey, as I learnt from Cheeba Steeba's amazing Milk & Honey recipe. (https://alltheflavors.com/recipes/13546#milk_honey_by_cheebasteeba)
And that's it! I'm sure more experienced mixers could do much more with far less ingredients than I have used here but the recipe tastes quite good as it stands.
In the "Suggest a Flavour for my Recipe" on r/DIY e_juice, Mixologist 1D1O-T suggested I try this recipe out.
All the creams used in this recipe are deliberately light vanilla creams that give a silky smooth mouthfeel. If the pallete needs a break from peppery or harsh strawberry creams. you'll absolutely adore this mellow velvety mix. It's a soft, subtle, light velvet strawberry vanilla cream.
JF Strawberry Sweet and FA Red Touch make up a bright bold strawberry that after a week, blends into the cream giving a slight toffee note.
By sheer coincidence, the strawberry cream in this recipe tastes exactly like the strawberry on a pocky stick. Hence the name, Strawberry Pocky Cream.
This recipe ticks all the boxes so get stuck in and indulge!
P.S. FA Meringue and FLV Cream were added to the original recipe.