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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mise en Place

I love the term mise en place, which is basically French for having your ingredients together (I almost said having something else together, but never mind--it's been that kind of week) before you start.

I thought I did--really!

This month's Cake Slice pick was a red velvet cake, but with a frosting that mixed creamy marscapone cheese with the more standard cream cheese.  Here's where it gets hairy.  I thought I had red gel food coloring, which is essential for getting that deep, beet red color into the cake.

But it turned out to be pink gel color.  Oops.  The result was a lovely cake that was a deep brown-red due to the cocoa.  It was moist and tender, with gorgeous crumb.  The frosting initially looked like it wasn't coming together, but then I turned the hand mixer up on high and it whipped right up. 

I'm not convinced the cake recipe was particularly special, but the marscapone-cream cheese frosting was:  creamy, fluffy and not too sweet once I slightly reduced the amount of sugar.  It's a keeper.

As a total aside, red velvet cake was one of the specialties of my paternal grandmother, who was a professional baker.  Every time I eat it I think of her.

Marscapone-Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. marscapone cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract.

Beat together the cream and marscapone cheeses with a hand mixer on medium speed until they are light and fluffy.  Add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla and turn the mixer up to high.  Beat until the icing is fluffy and the cream is fully whipped.

This recipe produces enough frosting to spread between the layers of a two-layer cake, and to thinly cover the sides and top.  Due to the cream in it, it will need to be kept refrigerated.

38 comments:

  1. Yes, I think the frosting is what "made" this cake! Your cake looks fabulous! Yum!

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  2. I am the world's worst for thinking that I have something that I don't. Still looks yummy anyway!

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  3. Mise en Place is what I live my life by! Before any project of any kind it just good to have everything you need and be organized. It definitely changed the way I cook though, makes you a lot more efficient. This cake looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  4. Pink Velvet Cake would have been great! ;) I love that you made your cake anyway, and decorated it so beautifully! :)

    Joy (Yesterfood)

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  5. Oh I just love your pink velvet cake! You make me want to experiment with other colors as well! I liked this cake. But I agree with you....it really was the icing that made it so special! I love that you iced yours completely and it really turned out so pretty! : )

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  6. Pink? it don't look pink, to me! ;)

    Love your cake decorating results!

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  7. I loved the mascarpone cream cheese frosting recipe. Wonderful!

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  8. Pink or red---bet it was delicious. Love the sounds of that frosting.

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  9. Love a good red velvet cake (or pink). I have to find some gel food coloring... those drop coloring tubes are so tedious. The icing is my favorite part of most cakes... the cake is just the vehicle to get the icing into my mouth.:)

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  10. I don't think your cake looks pink. It looks like a nice burgundy red :)

    The frosting really was amazing. I didn't like it at first, but after it was chilled on the cake for an hour is was the most delicious frosting ever!

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  11. I so agree on the frosting - a keeper for sure!
    Your cake looks lovely!! I think the pink gave it a nice color - not quite as harsh as the red can be.
    H
    :)

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  12. Looks quite YUMMY! Just hand me a bowl of icing please.

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  13. Add me to the list that loved this frosting. I love that your cake is actually more of a pink velvet than a red, it's good to be different. I think it is really special when food can remind of us of the special memories of those we loved.

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  14. Pink gel, red gel...eh, either way, it sounds like it turned out delicious any way you slice it. (Pun TOTALLY intended.) (Heh.)

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  15. Your cake definitely don't look pink to me. Using red gel has always given this problem in causing the colour to turn pink instead of red so you are not alone :) I love the way your icing looks. Although I used cream cheese frosting, I will definitely try mascarpone cream cheese frosting next time. Good job!

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  17. I love how you decorated your cake. Baking is not my skill set, so I'm always impressed with people who can create such lovely cakes.

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  18. Love the saying "mise in place" also. Should be a title of a play. I am loving that frosting - and I'm not a frosting-type person. But the mascarpone really does add a depth and a tang and an-over-the-top richness with the cream cheese.

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  19. Frosting is the best part in the cake and yours sound pretty yummy!

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  20. Very elegant decoration! Your frosting looks very appetizing!

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  21. A mascarpone frosting says all! The cake must be very delicious.

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  22. Beautiful cake. Anything with mascarpone is delicious!

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  23. I love red velvet so much. If it's pink velvet all the better. Beautiful cake.

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  24. Oh wow,Marscapone frosting, that sounds amazing. And red velvet is so good, no matter the color. I once used fushia instead of red in some recipe too, woops.

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  25. I was definitely thinking the frosting would be delicious. The combination of marscapone and cream cheese is nice blend.

    Pink or red, I have no doubt it was good.

    Velva

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  26. Pink or red, it looks delicious! I don't mind having a big slice right now...

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  27. What a beautiful looking cake. I love how you decorated it with the frosting. I don't mind if it's pink/brown or red - I'm sure the flavours were just the same xx

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  28. Nice and that frosting is perfect on top. I have never tried making a similar cake because I have phobia over baking and lack patience too.

    Need to find a day I am really free and without any work on mind to bake such a lovely cake.

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  29. that icing sounds delicious - love all that vanilla in there!

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  30. Nothing wrong with Pink Velvet Cake!!! I've made red velvet cake with a similar icing...so wonderful! I need to give it another shot :)

    PS....beautiful cake!

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  31. I love Mascarpone Cheese and your frosting sounds so so good!Your cake looks amazing too :)Would love to try out for sure :)

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  32. Would you believe that I have never had this famous cake. Love the sound of the frosting...it sounds like a winner.

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  33. What a stunning cake my friend, want a huge bite :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  34. Pink velvet sounds good to me! Your cake looks beautiful ;)

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  35. WOAH! Marscapone! What a fantastic idea for a frosting! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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