We have a customer who asked months ago for a WASC wedding cake. Now, they suddenly want to taste an amaretto cake too...since amaretto is an almond liqueur, how would they taste very different???? Thanks!!! PAT
almond vs. amaretto
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it would be a subtle not a dramatic difference
kind of the difference between a child's cake and a grown up cake for me
i add my liqueurs to simple syrup
and brush or squirt this onto baked cake
i think i get more bang for my buck this way
rather than mixing it into cake batter
same family of flavors of course
if i knew this was for a mixed crowd i'd make sure the liqueur was added to the boiling simple syrup to zap most of the alcohol out
i mean vanilla has a ton of alcohol in it too so i don't think a *splash is in any way a danger to anyone
it's just a more subtle and grown up flavoring i think
and i mean what's to stop you from adding the splash to an almond cake in the first place
*splash = margaret braun's term for simple syrup + flavor
To expand on this, I have taken liqueur and brushed it directly on the cake without diluting it in a syrup. Some of the more mild liqueurs benefit from just being directly brushed on (Godiva comes to mind). If you let the cake sit for 24 hours the alcohol mellows and you are just left with the flavor.
I will never understand why people get so worked up about "alcohol" when vanilla is alcohol too. Liqueurs are a wonderful extension of flavors that people should tap into, in my opinion. I did four flavors of buches de noel over Christmas-each of them used some kind of liqueur. I did Vanilla Bean Rum (with Meyer's Dark), Grand Marnier, Praline (with Frangelico), and Chocolate (with Meyer's and Godiva). After they mellowed you could not taste the alcohol at all-just the pure flavor. So essentially they are extracts.
You can boil it down to concentrate the flavor, and add that to the batter before it's baked. Then you can do as k8 suggested and brush it on. Amaretto is awesome.
Thanks so much for the amaretto advice! I stirred some into my cake batter and added some directly to the buttercream; personally, I'd prefer to use your suggestion about boiling it down a bit before putting it i the icing againl I thought the alcohol was still a bit too strong...(but I have no objection to the alcohol in general - the more the merrier!) However, the bride and her family loved it and have chosen the amaretto cake for their groom's cake. For the wedding cake itself, they chose the WASC with a hot fudge frosting filling.
Thanks again - I can always count on CC friends for help! PAT