Lightly Scented Cakes? What???

Decorating By kellertur Updated 7 Mar 2009 , 9:22am by Trevie

kellertur Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 5:08am
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How does one "lightly scent" a cake? I see cake flavors listed as "lightly scented citrus cake", etc.

Also~ if you have a basic white or yellow cake ~ what is the best way to vary the flavor with extracts? Would I simply substitute (or add) a flavor for the vanilla (measure for measure)?

Can anyone please explain this?

Thank you! icon_smile.gif

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indydebi Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 6:20am
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icon_confused.gif I've never had a bride ask for a cake that "smelled" good. icon_confused.gif

fondantgrl Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 6:36am
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Rose Water.. icon_smile.gif

kellertur Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 6:56am
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Debi~ it sounded odd to me too, but I thought maybe they were using it as a fancy way to mean "flavor". ??? I keep encountering descriptions that throw me...

lilthorner Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 7:03am
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at school when we make lemon cake, it is a chiffon cake with lemon zest.. not extract so the flavor is lighter, more natural (to me) maybe thats what they mean by lightly scented

brincess_b Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 8:36am
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the only extract i have is vanilla. for a citrus cake, i simply add the zest of the fruit to the cake mix, and the juice to the icing. for chocolate i replace some flour with cocoa.
i did read on here that its a good idea to leave the vanilla in, because it helps the added flavours to come through, but i have yet to try this tip.
and i would say lightly scented is code for a gentle flavour too. just a fancier way to put it!

Bluehue Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 9:10am
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Hi K2Cakes,
You can also blitz fresh lavender in a kitchen whiz and add that along with some petals to a cake - that also will add a scent.

Fresh violets add a scent to cakes and muffins - altho the taste isn't that noticable.

As well as Lemon zest as said above - you can do the same with Oranges.

Its like blitzing fresh herbs and adding them to savoury muffins.
Not only can you taste - but the aroma is there as well.

Hope this helps.

Trevie Posted 7 Mar 2009 , 9:22am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

icon_confused.gif I've never had a bride ask for a cake that "smelled" good. icon_confused.gif

Well crap! I thought all cakes smelled good, it was just until you stuck it in your mouth you had to worry about icon_biggrin.gif

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