A friend of mine was telling of a great cake she tried from a baker in Florida.
It was a chocolate-raspberry cake; apparently the baker told her she poured the raspberry preserve into the mix.
Have any of you done this?
Do you substitute some of the liquid for the preserve? Do you cut down the amount of sugar too?
This sounds quite interesting.
FYI.: I use the WASC recipe for all of my cake flavors.
I've never heard of this being done. I would be interested in the answer too.
I have no doubt that it can be done, tho' I haven't tried it myself.
I use the WASC recipe all the time, too, and modify it by using various flavored yogurts in place of sour cream, using melted ice-cream, Kern's nectar (juice), coffee.
Most recently I added 3 mashed bananas without substituting out anything and it came outr wonderful!
That is truly a no-fail recipe, and I'm sure that you can use preserves by using them in place of water. You'll know if the batter needs more liquid as it's mixing.
It might work, but you are going to change the texture as you add enough to make a flavor difference. I like to use Hero Compounds (made from real fruit, a thick and syrupy flavoring) in that same way and it works out great. I do not remove any sugar from the recipe.
I've done it and usually cut down a little on the oil. Kinda like substituting applesauce for the oil. You won't know until you try....and then TELL US! LOL
Beth in KY
i've done it, turned out horrible. *but* thats just me. it usually takes me a few tries working on a recipe before i can get it right, lol! let us know how it works for you.
I've been wondering why add it... So that it tastes more natural than an extract? Because you don't like the taste of the boxed mix?
It might be better to use a white cake mix and substitute Kern's strawberry nectar for the water. Or add real fruit, pureed.
I just have this horrible memory of the time I tried strawberry JellO in a cake - it was awful! Rubbery texture. I thought maybe he pectin would act a bit like the JellO.
Many people replace the oil with applesauce (calorie reduction). My daughter makes a cake like this and you can't taste the difference .... it doesn't taste like apples, either.
I saw a show on Food Network where a cupcake bakery put pureed fruit in their batter.