I am a new member of Daring Bakers and I really enjoyed making this dessert. My mother came over and it was a great activity for us to do together and was something I probably would never have chosen to try myself. The dessert was delicious and I think we are going to make it Thanksgiving with a few changes. I can't wait for next month's recipe. I made the custard before I made the cake to give it a chance to cool. I decided to use one and one-half teaspoons of vanilla instead of the vanilla bean. I had read on the daring bakers blog that the custard of some of the members had been runny. This was true of my custard as well so I decided to serve it in marguerita glasses. I put about three-fourths of a cup of custard in each glass. Then I made the sponge cake in the ramekins as directed in the recipe. These turned out perfectly. When I baked the sponge cake, I used water instead of orange juice and used one and one-half teaspoons of vanilla. I liked the vanilla flavor of the sponge cake. After unmolding the cake from the ramekins I sliced it in half and laid it across the width of the glass to cover the custard. I then drizzled the chocolate on top.
I was very pleased with the presentation and the dessert was very good but next time I would cut the cake in bite-size cubes to make it a little easier to eat. Thank you for letting me participate.