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A question about a recipe: Simple Summer Peach Cake

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I have a question about the recipe "Simple Summer Peach Cake" from Savour. How much can one reduce the sugar in this cake -- 1 cup, 3 ripe peaches notwithstanding -- without affecting the structure of it? Thank you. ;o)

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asked over 2 years ago

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added over 2 years ago

Having not made the cake, I can only surmise....but I figure since it seems like the hand-creaming process doesn't give the cake THAT much structure (and its only 6 T. butter), you could probably cut it down to ¾ c. without affecting it too much.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks, PieceOfLayerCake! I'm going to make this tonight, with some gorgeous, dead-ripe Santa Rosa plums that I need to use. Stay tuned. ;o)

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added over 2 years ago

When should I arrive?! ;)

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AntoniaJames

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added over 2 years ago

Haha, PieceOfLayerCake . . . . there are a few slices left. Come over whenever you want. ;o)

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added over 2 years ago

I remember reading that, in general, you can cut the sugar content of baked goods by 1/3 and still maintain the structure. I usually go by that when modifying a recipe.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 2 years ago

So, to report . . . I tossed the plums, which were a bit tart, though ripe, with about 1 tablespoon of sugar, instead of 2, and used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup in the batter. It turned out great! I crushed a few cardamom seeds with the grated nutmeg, and sprinkled a couple tablespoons of chopped roasted pecans on top, with the raw sugar, for a bit of crunch and flavor. So pleased with the result. I'm looking forward to making this with peaches next time.
Thanks for your help, everyone. ;o)

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