Once upon a time, two teenage girls, scrunchies and braces on, turned their brand new cathode screen on and discovered something very special on MTV. That very special thing was Garbage, a band that would change the face of alternative rock forever.

We baked a cake to celebrate Version 2.0, a fab album that had a tremendous impact on our young selves.

Baking a cake for Garbage

We’re not teenagers anymore, but the exquisite feeling of that discovery remains the perfect mix of dark pop, rock, and electronic music influences, the intoxicating riffs, the fiery lyrics, both intimate and oh-so universal, and Shirley Manson’s magnetic presence. God! We spent our entire high school years with “Push it” in our heads and never got tired of it!

This year, we finally got to see that kick-ass band live and adored their performance. After the show, while eating some very comforting french fries to appease our already blooming post-gig depression, we started talking about a possible Garbage dessert and lots of ideas popped into the conversation. Of course, baking a cake for Garbage had been on our minds for decades but the show was a trigger! 

We first thought of baking a series of mini-cakes, one for each album, and presenting them all at the same time. But, after several tests, we realized one of them stood up: the Version 2.0 cake. Which happens to be our favorite Garbage album.

Garbage inspired apricot entremet with orange mirror glaze
Doesn’t it look so fine?

Garbage inspired apricot entremet with orange mirror glaze

To honor the legendary orange artwork, we imagined this cute four-tiled entremets, glowy as hell! To convey the sweet and sour world of Shirley Manson, we filled this treat with homemade ladyfingers, lots of vanilla cream, and a very special apricot-turmeric heart. 

Here’s our Version 2.0 cake, guys! Doesn’t it look… so fine?

Garbage inspired apricot entremet with orange mirror glaze

Garbage inspired apricot entremet with orange mirror glaze detail

Getting feedback from Garbage for our Version 2.0 cake

A few hours after posting this cake on Instagram, we had the immense surprise and pleasure of getting a notification from Garbage. Shirley Manson loved it and wrote us a heartfelt message that we will cherish forever. Thank you Garbage! We can die now.

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