AI had an inquiry about making a Pink Champagne cake for a wedding. I have never made this before. Since I don't drink and have never tasted Champagne, how do I know what the cake is supposed to taste like? Does it taste like Champagne? Anyone suggest a good recipe for it?
Start with asking your client what they expect. "Pink champagne cake" was made really popular in the 50's, and was a vanilla cake brushed with rum, had a cream filling and pink buttercream. No champagne in it it all.
I grew up eating "pink champagne cake" from my local bakery but it has zero champagne (or any booze for that matter) in it. It was a vanilla sponge cake, some type of cream filling, a pink buttercream and white chocolate shavings. The bakery has been making the exact same recipe since the 1940's. I don't know if they ever actually made it with the rum, but they haven't since I've been born.
But I love the champers, so I make a champagne flavored cake - it has champagne in the batter and I soak it with a champagne simple syrup. The cake itself is not sweet so I fill it with a rum pistachio mousse and top it with a white chocolate buttercream.
So yeah, start with what your client expects. Maybe they just want a white cake, cream filling and pink buttercream.
I've made this recipe with good success.
I made it with moscato in place of champaign. I also put a bit of pink food coloring in it just for good measure. They were good. I didn't make a full batch, just a half a batch.