i had my mind on making espresso chiffon cupcakes with a coffee mousse filling and espresso-flavoured buttercream; in fact, i did make all three components, but when they came together it didn't turn out as i had expected. the cupcakes were ugly, and the mousse and buttercream boring.
as i had quite a bit of batter left, i made a thin sheet cake, intending to make some sort of swiss roll, but the blipping pan was warped, so the cake came out sadly uneven. again, cake ugly. in an attempt to save that, i cut out circles of the cake and topped them with some of the iced coffee mousse i made from a sara moulton recipe. i added the tiniest of drops of orange extract to the mousse, which rounded out the flavour nicely, and possibly saved the whole venture from being a complete disaster.