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Using prosecco for a birthday cake?

I have a bottle of prosecco (more than 3 y.o) & as I'm not familiar w champagne or prosecco... this might be too old to drink? Could I use it to make a special birthday cake? Any suggestions for recipes for cake or icing, or how to sub?
Hoping to make it for a friend's birthday which is on Sept 10th.
Thanks in advance!!

asked by KR 3 months ago

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PieceOfLayerCake

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added 3 months ago

You could use it in place of milk in a white cake and you MIGHT get some of the flavor, but I suggest you just soak a cake with it instead. Icing is a little more tricky because adding too much liquid will thin it out. Sometimes I start with an overly thick buttercream (adding more confectioners' sugar) and then I can use a bit more liquid than normal. Prosecco isn't too intensely flavored, so you may need to use a lot.

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KR
added 3 months ago

Thx, POLC. Yes, I wondered if the flavour would be baked out... a soaking layer is a great idea, & keeps the cake moist, too.
I planned on making a cream-cheese & butter cream icing for it & wondered if I could use a little in that as well...

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added 3 months ago

There's a pink champagne cake recipe on food52: https://food52.com/recipes...
It's been in my saved recipes for months but I've never gotten around to it - looks good though, and I think the pink color comes mostly from food coloring so prosecco would probably work great!

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added 3 months ago

I agree with POLC: though: you probably won't get much of the prosecco flavor once it's baked. But it is a pretty cake.

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KR
added 3 months ago

Hi SB,
Yes, I saw that recipe, too. As I am quite unfamiliar w wine & bubbly, I didn't know if this would be toooo acidic for the cake. Of course, the baking will alter the taste as well...
I might get a carton of ice cream in case it doesn't work out!!
Thx again.

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Nancy

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added 3 months ago

Some sparkling wines (not champagne) are noticeably better 3, 6 or 12 months after bottling. At 3 years old, the wine may be less than top quality.
Maybe don't depend on using it, have a spare bottle of wine on hand in case the first one's gone bad.
If it's still tasty (and sweetish), you might use it to replace Sauternes in Alice Waters olive oil cake. The cake will be less sweet than with the Sauternes, but still good.
Or make some other cake.

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KR
added 3 months ago

Hi Nancy,
I can't find a date on the bottle, so I will open it to check before using it...
Oh! Olive Oil Cake? ....hmmm...got me thinking! Thx so much!

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Nancy

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added 3 months ago

Should have read "up to 3, 6 or 12 months"...meaning there can be a diminishment of flavor or liveliness in the wine.

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