What exactly is french vanilla cake?!
Posted: 26 February 2012 09:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m meeting with a wedding cake client in a couple days, and she has already told me that she wants a couple tiers to be
“french vanilla cake” ... I hate to sound ignorant, but I have no idea what this means! I would like to have an idea of what she is talking about before I meet with her… I’ve googled it.. and it seems to be a popular box cake mix. Help?!

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Posted: 26 February 2012 10:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting question…..I’m wondering if the term really doesn’t have any relevance outside of ice cream?  There’s a good chance that your customer doesn’t know what it means, either.  I’m reminded of a group of us standing outside one summer evening and everyone talking knowingly about “heat lightning” we could hear.  When I realized I really didn’t know what that was, I asked, and no one else did either.  They were just using a term they had heard.

Anyway, if you connect “French Vanilla” with a custard + vanilla, then Rose’s yellow cake (all yolks) plus a Silk Meringue vanilla frosting is probably as French Vanilla as it can get.

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Posted: 27 February 2012 12:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I would agree with Charles exactly….though I think I would just add more vanilla or make certain the vanilla you use is especially aromatic.

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Posted: 27 February 2012 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ve always wondered also.  It was my fave ice cream flavor when I was little, and it was always more yellow than “regular” vanilla, so I always thought maybe it was richer, with more egg yolks.  Maybe yellow them up a bit with yolks (rather than a white cake) and use real vanilla beans for specs???  I don’t know what kind of frosting you’re going to use, but the golden neoclassic buttercream is a lovely golden cast to it, as well.

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Posted: 27 February 2012 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks everyone smile

It’s funny, some recipes don’t even call for vanilla but use buttermilk and others just use a teaspoon of vanilla….

I"ll see the bride tmrw and will keep you posted on what this “really means! lol

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Posted: 27 February 2012 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I agree with both Charles and CRenee…

I think I would add the extra vanilla in the cake as vanilla bean or vanilla paste for the speckles!

I’m very curious to hear the bride’s interpretation of the flavor!

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Posted: 28 February 2012 09:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yup! She had no idea smile Just wants a vanilla cake!

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