New Cake Flavour
I know it’s not long since my last (first!) blog post. But I did promise to report back on my latest test-bake, with a view to adding a new cake flavour to my menu. So, I’m here to do that now…
I have distinct memories as a very young child of watching my Dad sat on our front room floor (usually very muddy post-run, so he wasn’t allowed on the settee!) dunking Jacobs ginger fingers in his coffee and avariciously downing them whole. I’ve obviously inherited my penchant for this flavour (and my biscuit-eating method!) from him. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved ginger. Ginger biscuits (nuts, snaps and gingerbread men!). Also, ginger sponge with treacle sauce (that was always a good school day!), ginger cake, ginger treacle tart. And, in adulthood, ginger and lemon tea.
So my obvious choice for a new test-bake was Sticky Stem Ginger Cake…
Fresh from the oven!
and a flat-lay image too as I couldn’t decide which looked most tempting!
I made fillings of ginger buttercream and lemon curd, and lemon Belgian white chocolate ganache for coating…
Perhaps ginger with lemon is a little predictable but the flavours do marry so well.
Stem Ginger Cake
Here’s the cake. Don’t look too closely. As this wasn’t a wedding cake and simply a test cake I omitted my usual final hot bench scraper stage for a smooth, glass-like finish.
It cuts nice and cleanly…
So, to undertake the vital consumer taste-testing for this new cake flavour, I provided a generous slice and a questionnaire to four of my neighbours.
I asked for scores out of 5 for cake flavour, texture, buttercream flavour, curd flavour and overall balance of flavours.
Four of the categories received scores of 90 to 95% and the texture brought the overall percentage to 89%. Of course, I would have preferred the texture to score more highly. But, as any cake-maker knows, describing a cake as being ‘slightly too moist’ is far better than saying it’s dry (ultimate baking crime!). I knew I could solve this easily (below). This cake, with stem ginger, black treacle and dark muscovado sugar is, as expected, very dense, rich and moist. So, it’s perhaps not for those who prefer a light sponge – or are not usually cake-eaters (one of my testers who I was unable to convert!). I’ll have to ply him with a different flavour! But, I offer a comprehensive range of flavours and textures, so there is something for everyone.
I received positive feedback on the fillings. One taster gave the lemon curd a mark of 6 out of 5. Another said the ganache was ‘out of this world’! The ginger buttercream also received good reviews for taste. But only one tester could name it. So, I need to tweak that ever so slightly to make it less subtle (without compromising the overall balance of flavours). This will also result in a firmer buttercream, thus helping with the overall texture of the sponge layers.
I’m delighted to add this third new cake flavour to my range!
Wedding Cake Consultation
If you’re recently engaged and are in the midst of wedding planning then searching for your wedding cake is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable elements. I would be delighted to welcome you for a consultation where you’ll be able to sample a variety of flavours from my new menu. I’m based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, deliver to venues throughout the Yorkshire region and look forward to meeting you!
With love, Amanda x