Dolce Cakeoff No. 1

September 15, 2008 at 3:21 am Leave a comment

As I sat down and ate my eggs this morning, I thought to myself, How can I make this cupcaking hobby of mine a little more interesting? My hubby and I savored the taste of our turkey bacon and pondered. And pondered. Then something happened. While trying to decide what kind of frosting I was going to use on the next cupcake experiment, Zach said, “Why not do both?” The angels sang out of heaven, trumpets blared and Voila! We have the first Dolce Cakeoff.

Each week I’ll post two recipes. They will be mostly similar except with a few variations in spice, frosting or filling… something that can afford to be changed. At the end of the week, the two variations will be posted and reflected on, resulting in one winner (Hopefully). Perhaps if time goes by and I have more regular readers, we can even add a poll and you can be part of the voting process. OR you can join in on baking the two experiments with me and we can share our findings.

This week’s Cakeoff:

To Meringue or not to Meringue?

Honey Vanilla Cake

1 cup Flour
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
Pinch of salt
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Butter, Softened
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
6 tbsp Honey
1 Large Egg
2 tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
2 tbsp Skim Milk

Combine all of the wet ingredients (Vanilla, Honey, Egg, Applesauce and Milk) in one bowl. Then, sift together all of the dry ingredients. Crumb the butter into the dry until it all looks like a crumby mess. Combine the wet and the dry, mix until it just comes together and then pour into your cupcake pan with papers already set. Bake at 350 degrees until done (about 20 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean!

Grilled Peaches

2 Ripe Peaches
2 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup of your favorite tea. (I used Chamomile for mine.)

Cut up your ripe peaches into small small pieces and add to a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. It will seem kinda dry in that pan.. Don’t worry. Put a top on it and let it mellow at low heat for about 10 minutes, mixing every couple of minutes. Once the peaches look soft and delicious, remove from heat.

Now for the variations:

Option No. 1: Sweet Cinnamon Meringue Frosting

1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Water
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Large Egg Whites
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon and cream of tartar. Cook and stir till bubbly and sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat your egg whites to soft peaks. Add sugar mixture very slowly to egg whites, beating constantly with mixer on high speed about 7 minutes or till stiff peaks form and tips stand up.

For a nice touch, place your frosted cupcakes in the oven under the broiler for until the peaks of your frosting turn a golden brown.

Option No. 2: Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

2 Large Eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Corn Syrup
5 ounces butter, cubed and chilled
1 tsp Cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, whip the eggs until light and fluffy.
In a small saucepan bring the sugar and the corn syrup to a boil. Slowly add the sugar mixture to the eggs. VERY SLOWLY. Mix at a low speed until it’s all incorporated. Once the entire mixture of the sugar is incorporated, slowly add the butter pieces. Only add more butter when you can no longer see the previously added pieces. Continue to whip until the mixture is creamy.

Frost your cupcakes as you desire!

Construction:

Bake your cupcakes as directed. Place a good tablespoon of the peaches on top of the cupcake. If you want to, you can choose to fill your cupcakes instead. Cut a cone out of the center of the cake and spoon the filling in. Replace the cap of the cake and then frost as you desire. OR you can frost modestly and then spoon the filling on top of the frosting. However you choose. Only time will tell how I decide to construct my goodies.

There you have it. On Friday I’ll post the results and you’ll be able to see what has come of these two recipe variations.

Happy Baking!

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