Monday, June 23, 2014

10 Common Revolutionary Cake Flavorings

Forget Chocolate Cake and Bring on the Brandy Cake this 4th of July!

Nowadays, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Red Velvet, Caramel, and Peanut Butter, just to name a few, are the expected cake flavorings of choice in the 21st century.  If we were to travel back to the days of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION, we would find these flavors listed below to be the norm (in no particular order):

1.  Nutmeg

2.  Cinnamon:  This is Cassia cinnamon, what we are accustomed to eating.  True cinnamon is tan in color, flakier, and more brittle.

3.  Mace:  This spice forms the outer covering of the nutmeg.  It tastes a lot like nutmeg and is its own spice with its own flavor profile.

4.  Brandy

5.  Sweet White Wine:  Canary or Sack Wine was usually what was called for in baking recipes. These sweet, fortified wines were from the Canary Islands or Spain.  Sherry is a good substitute. 

6.  Fruit (fresh or dried):  Golden Raisins (Sultanas) were popular as were tiny Zante Currants.

7.  Zest of Citrus Fruits such as Lemons, Oranges, or Citron

8.  Rose Water

9.  Orange Flower Water:  This comes from the distillation of the bitter orange flowers.


In my next post, I'll have a recipe for a truly Revolutionary Cake!

1 comment:

  1. these delicious and scrumptious cakes a-plenty went oh so well with the empire-waisted day gowns! yum!


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