Sunday, January 23, 2011

Speakeasy Cake


The pick of the week for Sweet Melissa Sundays is a Speakeasy Cake picked for us to try by Jeannette of The Whimsical Cupcake, thank you Jeanette! You can find the recipe here at Jeannette's site if you do not have The Sweet Melissa Baking Book.


As the name implies this cake does contain some drinky drinky, Brandy to be exact. As I read through the recipe I took a quick peek in the liquor cabinet and didn't see any brandy. I started googling Brandy substitutes and figured I could use some Southern Comfort or Bourbon or Scotch Whiskey, all of which we had on hand, but learned that Brandy was quite different from those since Brandy is made from grapes, like wine -- instead of corn like the others. Hmmm. I really don't know much about alcohol since I rarely drink (save for a fruity frozen something once or twice a year and maybe a glass of wine) so this was an interesting thing to learn about. I headed back to the liquor cabinet and after digging around a while, I found some actual Brandy -- Christian Brothers VS! Yay! I tried a sip and, not surprisingly, didn't like the taste -- but used it the cake anyway, since I really wanted to follow the recipe.


Next comes whipping the egg whites and sugar, making a marshmallow-y meringue to be folded into the brandy and chocolate mixture.


The before and after baking shots...couldn't believe this cake had to bake for 70 minutes!



Add a little chocolate glaze...

And there you have it, a Speakeasy Cake! It was moist and delicious and if I had not made it myself I wouldn't have guessed it had alcohol in it. It just seemed to intensify the chocolate, which is a good thing :) My only little quibble with this cake is that for me it turned out awfully crumbly...not sure why. Thinking of making cake pops or a trifle or something with the rest of it. For the next edition of Sweet Melissa Sundays we are making the same cake with a Sacher Torte twist, I'm thinking that I might swap out the Brandy and use apricot nectar instead...

14 comments:

moń said...

This cake looks yummy:)

Sweet and Savory said...

You did a fabulous job and turned out a beautiful cake.

Stephanie said...

That drippy glaze looks great on it! Mine was a bit crumbly too. I picked all the cracky, foamy part off! I'm sure I wasn't supposed to. Oh well! :)

Candy Girl said...

Aw man - I'm wishing I had made this now! The photo with the ganache dripping down the edge is fantastic!

Tracey said...

Oh that's too funny - I googled for Brandy information as well since I don't really drink much either. Your cake turned out beautifully! I agree - given how much alcohol was in the cake I was surprised the brandy wasn't overpowering, it just enhanced the chocolate. Yum!

Julie said...

Your cake looks beautiful. Love the glaze drizzling over the side.

Every Day Blessings said...

Looks delicious! My cake was also a bit dry on the top but turned it over and took off the crumbles and it was delicious! I have never cooked with brandy before and agree with you, it just intensified the chocolate taste.Loved it!

Gloria said...

Your cake is beautiful! I made my sacher torte and my speakeasy today and replaced the brandy with triple sec. It worked out nicely and gave just a hint of orange.

chelsea said...

Great recipes! Yummy..

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Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

amazing!

foodies at home said...

Now thats a hunk of cake! Although if your not careful...you might pass out before the cake is finished! LOL

Deborah Dowd said...

OMG! You can avoid the sugar high, by just getting drunk on this cake- looks lovely!

mj said...

I really love those cakes! They are all beautiful and delicious!


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thewhimsicalcupcake said...

omg your chocolate gooey glaze looks SOOOO gooooood!!!!!!! thank you for baking along with me!

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