Friday, September 19, 2014

Coffee, Maple & Pecan Sponge Cake

 Week 3, recipe 3 ~ 
         Coffee, Maple, & Pecan Sponge Cake found on page 18


Short explanation:  a 3 layer coffee sponge cake held together with coffee, butter & maple frosting, topped with Mara Hubbard's organic pecans that we soaked and dried!

Long explanation:  This cake was a "happy un-birthday" cake for my Dad- we took it (in my cute & old) cake carrier to have dinner with the Junior Wesson & Hutchins families (cut it into 8 slices, and then the 8th got cut again for the 2 "older" children to share- perfect...no leftovers)!

 The nice thing is that it was still pretty when it was time to serve, the bad news is that I did something wrong, and the cake did not rise properly (it was a REAL sponge cake...you know the kind that relies on the eggs for the leavening), and I DID shorten the baking time, but not enough....so it was dry....made me think of a stack of pancakes/cookies with plenty of butter and syrup!

 The fun part was trying to slice the one short single layer into 3 layers! (sorry no photo)

Notes:
~ Mmmm.....The frosting was SO good ~ I have great plans for this frosting!  =)
~ I used "grade B" maple syrup,  because the regular maple syrup we have is homemade, and is like crazy smoky...and I did not want smoky.
~ Bake this cake for less than 20 minutes!
~ I think that I should learn to "fold"....maybe look around on YouTube (thinking ahead to the Angel Cake).
~ I also need to try to learn how to beat eggs & sugar over hot water...and make it "ribbon".
~ I'd like to try this one again, after I've watched some YouTubes!

(In case you doubted- yes, it's true- pearls & an apron....)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's true: pearls and an apron! =)

~Mike

Anonymous said...

Adrienne, you are so creative! I love your blogs. So fun to read!
~Aunt Juanita

Anonymous said...

I saw a van today with "Adrienne & Co" bakery on it and thought of you. I tried to get a picture of it but it didn't turn out. =(
- Rebekah

Anonymous said...

I LOVE how you're doing a baking blog! I love to cook and bake, and that, of course, means I loved the movie Julie & Julia!
~E.A.

Anonymous said...

Your cakes look yummy. The coffee one sounds delicious! Are ya'll all gaining weight with so many cakes? :P I would like to make a chocolate cake sometime, drenched in caramel syrup with chocolate icing.
~Rachel

Marah Hubbard said...

So glad you like the pecans!